Foxwoods Poker Classic
Season Six – 4 – 19 April 2008
Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and is located in Ledyard Connecticut. It is one of those surprising success stories and it has seen unprecedented growth in popularity since it opened its doors in 1992. The resort had humble beginnings, effectively starting out as a high stakes bingo hall, but progressing on to the comprehensive gaming centre it is today. There are currently six casinos which collectively offer over 7000 slots and 400 tables offering 17 different table games, including 100 for poker alone! It is by far the largest casino in the world with over 300 000 square feet of gaming space that is utilised by over 40 000 guests per day.
Foxwoods is about 2 hours and 30 minutes from New York City by car. On leaving NY take the I-95 North to Exit 92 in Connecticut. Turn left onto Route 2 West and Foxwoods is eight miles west on Route 2.
Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich-Westerley Road, Ledyard, CT 06339
Telephone – 1-800-369-9663
Results Season 5
New kid on the poker block, Raj Patel, defeated heads-up opponent, Paul Matteo, to take his first WPT title and over $1.2 million in prize money at the Foxwoods Casino.
The Final Table was characterised by a whole of checking, calling and folding in front of a highly excitable crowd and in the final showdown Raj managed a straight to Matteo’s trip kings to claim the victory and his maiden WPT title in just his third ever $10 000 event!
When asked how he became involved in poker he said “Well I used to come to the casino to gamble, but I got bored. So I was watching TV one time, and I saw the WPT, and I didn’t know what they were playing. So I watched a couple more times, and then I saw the money. I see like four million or five million, and I knew I had to get into it. So I phoned my friend who plays a lot and got him to show me what hands beat which and what the high hands were”.
- Raj Patel
- Paul Matteo
- Antonio Cavezza
- Fred Goldberg
- Seth Berger
- Allan Kessler