Wouldn’t it be fun to play one slot from every denomination on the casino floor? I thought it would be fun to take a few hundred bucks with me on my next trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino for the express purpose of testing out every slot denomination I could find.
During my Connecticut slot machine experiment, I played at least one slot machine from every available denomination at the time of my visit. I played eight different denominations, ranging from $0.01 up to $100 per credit. I had a lot more fun than I expected and got to try out some games I would otherwise never go anywhere near.
This post tells the story of my Foxwoods Casino slot machine test.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is home to just over 3,400 slot machines and video poker games. The collection of games available at Foxwoods, including up to 250 table games running at a time, make it comparable to any large casino in America.
About an hour’s drive from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Foxwoods is run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Some of Foxwood’s gaming revenue goes directly to the Connecticut General Fund, to the tune of about $100 million a year.
Connecticut Slot Machine RTP Figures
We have some decent statistics related to slot machine payouts at Foxwoods, thanks to Connecticut’s Gaming Division website, which posts monthly and annual breakdowns of some basic RTP data for both of the state’s big casino resort properties. But even if they didn’t put this data out, you can find the RTP for slots with just some simple math.
Connecticut’s overall average slot machine return is 91.95%, good enough to place it in the top 10 out of all US casino gambling states. Foxwood’s average RTP across all denominations is 91.95%, identical to the state average.
Connecticut’s Gaming Division also releases average RTP figures broken down by machine denomination. Below, I’ll list the average RTP for each denomination available at Foxwoods at the time of my visit:
- $0.01 slots average RTP: 90.19%
- $0.02 slots average RTP: 91.48%
- $0.05 slots average RTP: 91.73%
- $1 slots average RTP: 93.99%
- $5 slots average RTP: 94.67%
- $10 slots average RTP: 97.51%
- $25 slots average RTP: 95.15%
- $100 slots average RTP: 90.19%
Based on these figures, I was expecting the $10 per credit slots to be the most fun, based solely on their high average RTP. I was a little surprised to see that the $100 per credit slots were returning such a low rate, almost the lowest of any denomination.
Below is my take on each of eight slots I tried in an hours-long slot denomination review experiment.
Having a Blast at the Penny Slots
I gravitated to the IGT Tarzan slot as soon as I hit the penny slot section. It’s a fun game with good graphics and decent volatility in most formats I’ve played.
I had frequent wilds and free spins, and I got bored after about 10 minutes. I ended up with about two bucks.
$0.02 Slots at Foxwoods Are Surprisingly Hard to Find
I play a lot of slots, and I don’t see a lot of two-cent machines. They do exist; I’ve seen them at Harrah’s New Orleans and at a few spots in AC and Las Vegas. But I had a devil of a time finding any at Foxwoods. I tried to use their game search tool but kept getting sent to the wrong banks of machines.
Finally, a floor attendant knew exactly what I was looking for and dragged me all the way across the floor to near the food court.
The game was Dancing Drums, with 50 paylines, meaning a max bet of $1 per spin, significantly more costly than the penny slot.
I didn’t enjoy the game. It was too much standard play, not enough features. I ended up about even.
Nickel Slots – By Far My Favorite Foxwood Slots to Play
WGS’ Caribbean Gold is available at Foxwoods in a $0.05 denomination. This is a five-reel game with 25 paylines and three rows of symbols. At $0.05 per credit, a max bet cost me $1.25 per spin, still nothing to be too nervous about.
I won the most money playing this game, so therefore it immediately become my favorite game at Foxwoods. I managed to land four wild symbols on my 10th spin or so, winning 1,500 credits, for a payout of $75. That put me up by $50, and I pretty much maintained that level before I forced myself away to try some costlier slots.
It’s Getting Expensive – Losing $50 on a $1 Foxwoods Casino Slot in 15 Minutes
I don’t typically play above the $0.50 denomination because I have a modest bankroll and like to have as much fun for as long as I can. IGT’s Triple Diamond slot at Foxwoods, available in the $1 denomination, proved that I don’t really belong near the $1 slots.
Friends, I wish I could say that I knew when to walk away. I spent a total of 15 minutes spinning that reel at $9 a pop, looking for one of those nine paylines to pay off big. I won a couple of small prizes, but all told I was down $50 when I decided it was time to hit the VIP section.
A $5 Foxwoods Progressive Slot Almost Makes Me Very Rich
The very first Aristocrat slot I found was a $5 per credit game called Dollar Storm Egyptian Jewel. The case is big, bright, and broadcasts an ever-increasing Super Grand prize, which was around $400,000 at the time of my visit.
To chase that prize, you have to bet 5 credits per spin, for a total of $25 every round. That’s really high for me, especially considering the cost of the slots I’d just been playing. Luckily, I hit really well on this machine.
I hit so well that I briefly thought I’d hit the Super Grand jackpot. My heart fluttered, even as my mind re-interpreted the symbols as a win of mere dozens of dollars, not hundreds of thousands.
Entering the VIP Section – Foxwood’s $10 Per Credit Slots
My first slot in Foxwoods VIP slot section was a $10 per credit version of IGT’s Double Top Dollar machine. I know Double Top Dollar well, having played it often in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
I like the format here—three reels, one payline, max bet of two credits. At $20 per spin, I felt at least a little bit comfortable, considering that’s about what I tend to bet playing blackjack. It didn’t occur to me then that this slot gives the casino about four times the edge of even the worst blackjack game on the floor.
I got creamed betting $20 a spin. I played for 10 minutes and ended down $35.
My First $25 Per Credit Slot Was a Total Bust
I found a Lightning Links High Stakes game accepting $25 per credit bets with a max bet of three credits. At $75 per spin, this was automatically the most expensive slot game I’d ever played.
If you don’t know Lightning Links, it’s a lot of fun. There’s a typical three-tiered progressive jackpot, which at the time I was spending $75 a spin to chase it, was worth about $100,000. The other jackpots seemed hardly worth it, one worth around $7,000 and the other a few hundred bucks.
I ended after 10 spins, having spent $750 and won back just under $600. It was a big hit, one of my worst losses of the night, and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I’m telling you; those Lightning Link spinning balls are hypnotic.
Spinning a Reel for $100 at Foxwoods and Kind of Loving It
The employee watching the slot machines in the VIP section must have enjoyed watching me walk away from Lightning Link High Limit with a giant frown on my face, then jump immediately two seats over to a $100 per credit machine called High Limit Crystal Star.
I like high limit games in theory because they’re usually old-fashioned or classic style games with a single payline and just three reels. High Limit Crystal Star was exactly like that, meaning it cost me just $100 per spin. “Just” $100 per spin? Listen to me, talking like a regular whale.
There’s nothing special about Crystal Star, but having only pulled the reel five times, I ended the game up $11. Playing a classic game like this after a night of playing increasingly more complex slots was highly relaxing. I briefly found myself sort of melting into the seat.
Hey, maybe these high rollers know what they’re doing.
My Final Thoughts on the Slots at Foxwoods
Foxwoods is an amazing place to play real money slots, a Vegas-style oasis with a huge gaming floor, stuck down in the middle of rural Connecticut. It’s within a short drive of lots of big population centers, making it ideal for a quick getaway.
Theoretically, the best slot machines to play at Foxwoods in Connecticut are the $10 machines, but there aren’t many of them, and most people don’t have the bankroll to sustain play at that level for long enough to really enjoy them.
Even though the $0.05 machines’ average RTP is much lower than the $10 machine, I had a lot more fun playing nickel slots at Foxwoods than any other denomination.
If you plan to play slots at Foxwoods, I hope this post has made you feel a little more confident about finding the kinds of slots you want to play.