Foxwoods’ High Stakes Bingo Is a Great Time
My wife and I recently spent a night at the Grand Pequot Tower Hotel and dined at David Burke Prime steakhouse at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. It was a fabulous night out.
While at Foxwoods, we did something I've talked about doing for years. We played high-stakes bingo. What a hoot!
We didn't win any money, but we had a blast.
I wrote a piece in May 2022 about church bingo, something that was very popular in the 1970s around these parts.
Church basements and rec halls throughout the SouthCoast were filled almost nightly with mainly middle-aged to older women with bingo cards, chips, daubers, and enough lucky charms to win them a jackpot or two from time to time.
I played church bingo a few times with my Aunt Ella and my Nana, as both were regular players. For whatever reason, and I'm sure there are many, church bingo faded away.
Bingo rules remain the same, but technology has made the game simpler. There are still paper bingo cards and daubers, but for a few dollars more, you can use a pre-programmed tablet to keep track of your cards and alert you to the specifics of each game.
Hell, the tablet even tells you when to yell "BINGO!"
There is a new bingo hall at Foxwoods near where the Rainmaker Buffet used to be, where you can play High Stakes Bingo.
You can play the old-fashioned way using paper game cards and daubers exclusively, or for a few dollars more, you can rent the tablet.
Some games are open only to those with tablets, and different tablet game packages you can purchase along with the initial $30 tablet rental fee.
The most expensive tablet game package was $36, so we spent $66 each to play for almost four hours. It is not complicated at all and there are plenty of friendly employees on the floor to answer any questions you might have.
The bingo hall has restrooms, a snack bar with sandwiches and drinks – including beer – and a Dunkin' just outside the door. You are also allowed to bring food and drink from home.
Bingo is played daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.