Foxwoods expands, again

Nov 1, 2005 3:36 AM

Already the world’s largest casino with a powerhouse poker room, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut announced last week plans to open an expanded, state-of-the-art poker room in the spring of 2006.

The project will boost the number of poker tables to 114 from its current total of 76, a 40 percent increase in capacity.

The expansion will allow expanded tournament offerings as well as higher prize pools.

Foxwoods is currently hosting the World Poker Tour, a three-week event that runs through Nov. 18.

The new poker room at Foxwoods will also feature cutting edge technology that will add to the player experience. Innovations will include LED table components, automatic card shufflers and new seating systems.

The new poker room will be smoke-free and will offer a new 100-seat restaurant adjacent to the playing area.

"We are continually striving to offer our customers the ultimate poker experience," said Kathy Raymond, director of poker operations at Foxwoods. "More tables and cutting edge technology will translate into less waiting and more action for our players, as well as giving us an even greater opportunity to host premiere poker events."

In addition to the new poker room, Foxwoods announced a $700 million development project that will add a new 825-room hotel tower, 115,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, more restaurants and nightclubs, retail shops and a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater.

The development project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2008.

The expansion comes on the heels of a recently-completed $300 million expansion that featured a stunning Hard Rock Café, world class golf course, Lake of Isles, additional gaming, retail, nightlife and dining venues.

Foxwoods, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is the world’s largest casino resort with more than 5 million square feet of casino/entertainment space, 7,400 slots and 380 table games.