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FARGO Frequently Asked Questions

What is FARGO?
Is There A Mailing List?
When and where is it held?
Who is eligible? How do I sign up?
I have signed up for FARGO by computer, sent in my registration fee, but how do I sign in and pay for the tournaments?
What is a Momentum Card, why do I need one, and how do I get one?
What is the FIHUPT?
What is the Bill Hafey Memorial Pairs Event?
What is the No Limit Hold'em Event?
What is the Mixed Event?
Ok, I signed up for FARGO, now, how do I get there?
Where should I eat?
What is the smoking policy?
At what time does the casino stop serving alcohol?
Is there entertainment at Mohegan Sun?
Speaking of Foxwoods, how far away is it, and how do I get there?
What are the typical games & limits offered for poker, BJ, craps, etc?
What's the weather like in October?
Are there any golf courses in the area?
Tourist Information
Area Attractions

What is FARGO?

Fall Annual Recreational Gambling Outing (FARGO), founded in 1997 by Bill Alan Hafey, is a regional poker based event, loosely patterned after BARGE and ATLARGE. "Regional" meaning FARGO takes place in the Northeast region. We welcome people from anywhere on the planet. Originally, FARGO was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the F in FARGO stood for Foxwoods. In 2014, FARGO was moved to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino and the F was changed to Fall.

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Is there a mail list?

To sign up for the mail list go to

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When and where is it held?

An Autumn weekend (typically in October, the weekend after Columbus Day) at Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Connecticut.

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Who is eligible? How do I sign up?

Anyone 21 years of age or older that has an email address is eligible to attend. To register, visit for more information. Registration is online via computer only. No on site registration is allowed.

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I have registered for FARGO by computer, sent in my registration fee, but how do I sign in and pay for the tournaments?

Although you sign up for the tournaments online on the registration form, payment and seat assignments for each on site tournament are handled by Mohegan Sun, at the tournament registration desk. The desk opens one hour prior to the start of each tournament. Bring cash and your Momentum Card. For the pairs tourney, you need to sign in with your partner. Registration closes one hour after the tournament starts, so don't be (too) late.

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What is a Momentum Card, why do I need one, and how do I get one?

A Momentum Card is Mohegan Sun's method for tracking casino/poker play. It is also known as a player's card. Mohegan Sun requires a Momentum Card to register for *all* poker tournaments, including FARGO tournaments. Registration is easy and free. There are numerous booths in the complex from which to obtain the card. You must be at least 21 years of age and provide some form of legal identification to register for a card. Previously issued Player's Cards are still valid. It looks similar to a credit card with your name, an ID number and a magnetic strip. It also works as a comp card so use it whenever you play poker or any other table or slot game. Points are accumulated which can be use/spent at any business (food, hotel, merchandise) within the complex. Each and every time you play, give it to the floor person or pit boss. Note for poker, you MUST swipe in to a poker room kiosk to add your name to a cash game list. Once you are seated, give your Momentum Card to the dealer who will then swipe you in at the table. Poker room points are credited automatically. You will be "timed out" when you leave the table, so keep that in mind when leaving for restroom breaks and food breaks.

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What is the FIHUPT?

FIHUPT stands for FossilMan Invitational Heads Up Poker Tournament. Greg "FossilMan" Raymer started this event at his home in 2000. As the name states, it is a tournament involving heads up play. Due to space constraints, it is limited to 48 players. In the past, we have played with as few as 32. No one that has wanted to play has been shut out. It is held in a nearby locaton. Payment for this event is due upon registration. Handling cash the night of the event is not a good option, and this is the easiest way to make sure that does not happen.

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What is the Bill Hafey Memorial Pairs Event?

This event is played on Friday with Limit Hold'em and Limit Omaha8 in rotation. Each pair of players will share one stack of chips, with one partner playing the Hold'em portion and one partner playing the Omaha8 portion. Each level is 40 minutes long, with each game played for 20 minutes. Omaha8 will be played first and, and then a switch will be made 20 minutes later, with the Hold'em partner taking the seat. Partners share the same stack of chips and the same seat throughout the event. There are no breaks built into this event, as every 20 minutes you will have a 20 minute break. FARGO founder Bill Hafey designed this event as an icebreaker. You are encouraged to sign up and play in this event - even if you don't know a soul. You will know many souls by the end of the event. If you have a partner, enter the name on the registration form. If you do not have a partner, choose that option on your registration form. We will make every attempt to pair you with someone before the event starts. If all else fails, show up at the registration desk and last minute pairings will be made.

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What is the No Limit Hold-em Event?

The No Limit Hold'em Event is played with bounties. You will receive a casino poker chip for each player you knock out. When a player is all in, that player must place his chip in the pot. Each bounty is separate, so if you make it deep in the tournament, the only bounty chip you will throw into the pot when you move all in is your own chip. All of the chips you have previously won stay with you.

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What is the Mixed Event?

The MIXED Event, played on Sunday of FARGO is a mixed game tournament that varies each year. Look for the structure sheet to see what the mix will be this year.

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OK, I signed up for FARGO, now, how do I get there?

Bus, Car, Rail or Ferry:
(PVD) T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI. Is the closest and most convenient airport approximately 60 miles from Mohegan Sun. A car can be rented or you can arrange other transportation to Mohegan Sun. Information is available at the Mohegan Sun link above.

If flying into another airport and renting a car, here's how long it will take to drive to Mohegan Sun:

(BDL) Hartford, CT Approx. 1 hour
(ORH) Worcester, MA. Approx 1 hour
(HVN) New Haven, CT Approx 1 hour
(BOS) Logan Airport Boston, MA.. Approx 2 hours

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Where should I eat?

A vast array of choices...but, weekends can be very crowded, reservations hard to come by, and non-reservation places usually contain long lines. Seasons Buffet is located in the Casino of the Earth, and is the location of our Saturday morning breakfast. There are gourmet options, such as Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, Tuscany by Todd English (Continental), Ballo (Italian) and Bobby Flay's Bar Americain. Casual options include Pepe's Pizza, Hash House A Go Go, Bobby's Burger Palace, Margaritaville, Summer Shack, Landsdowne Pub, Johnny Rocket's and many more. Express options include Geno's Fast Break Food Court, Chief's Deli and more. Coffee choices include Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Imus Ranch and Krispy Kreme.

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What is the smoking policy?

The casino offers both smoking and non-smoking game/slot areas, and the poker
room is completely non-smoking.

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At What Time Does the Casino Stop Serving Alcohol?

Drinks have to be off the tables by 2 AM. In general, this means "last call" is at 1 AM, and they'll come around shortly before 2 AM and remove the drinks from the table. Other aspects of the alcohol policy include the following: (1) You can only have one alcoholic drink in front of you at anyone time. This isn't generally a problem (if you tip well, the waitresses comes around frequently enough), but what is annoying, is that if you order a shot and a chaser, your chaser is considered to be "contaminated", and counts as a drink. So, you order a JD up, coke back. You slam the JD, and are sipping the coke. Waitress makes another pass through the area, you order just a JD, since you have a coke. Waitress returns with JD, but won't give it to you unless she can take the coke away first, since it's considered alcoholic. Yes, they serve chasers in a different colored glass from regular cokes, so they can track this. So, every time around, you have to order a new chaser. It's just stupid. (2) As a side note to (1), since you can only have a drink at a time, you can't order a shot and a beer, and you can't order two or more drinks at last call. This means you need to become friends with people around you (preferably non-drinkers, of course), so that when 1 AM arrives, you can get people to order you some backups. (3) They don't start serving again until 7 AM Saturday morning, and 11 am on Sunday. (4) Local package stores hours are 8 AM to 10 PM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.

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Is there entertainment at Mohegan Sun?

Of course!

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Speaking of Foxwoods, how far away is it, and how do I get there?

Foxwoods Resort Casino is approximately a 20-minute drive from Mohegan Sun. Take Mohegan Sun Boulevard to Rt. 2A East. Turn right on Rt. 2 East and follow to Rainmaker Drive.

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What are the typical games & limits offered at Mohegan Sun: poker, BJ, craps

Mohegan Sun offers 5,000 slots, 275 table games and 42 poker tables.

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What's the weather like in October?

Typical New England fall weather. Bring a jacket or sweater. The temperature in the poker room varies as well. Remember that layers can be your best friends. is the best online source.

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Are there any golf courses in the area?

Mohegan Sun has a golf course:

Foxwoods has a golf course:

Other Places to play in the area:

Birch Plain Golf Course and Driving Range (18 Hole Par 3)
119 High Rock Road
Groton, CT

Cedar Ridge Golf Course
18 Hole Par 54
Drabik Road (Exit 74 off I-95 1 Mile North on RT. 161)
East Lyme , CT 06333 (860)691-4568

Chanticlair Golf Course
228 Old Hebron Road
Colchester, CT (860)537-3223

Elmridge Golf Course
27 Holes of Championship Golf
229 Elmridge Road (7 miles east of Foxwoods on RT. 2)
Pawcatuck, CT 06379 (860)599-2248

Norwich Golf Course
685 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360 (860)889-6973

Richmond Country Club
74 Sandy Pond Road
Richmond, RI 02832 (401)364-9292

River Ridge Golf Course
Route 184
( Preston Road, 20 minutes from Mohegan Sun)
Griswold, CT (860)376-3268

Shennecossett Golf Club
93 Plant Street
Groton, CT (860)445-0262

Weekapaug Golf Course
265 Shore Road
Westerly, RI (401)596-1237

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Tourist Information

Mystic Chamber of Commerce
28 Cottrell St, Mystic 06355

Mystic and Shoreline Visitor Information Center
Building 1D, Olde Mistick Village, Mystic 06355

Mystic Transportation & Vistors Center
Exit 90, I-95, Mystic 06355

New London
Southeastern Connecticut Tourism District
470 Bank St, New London 06320
860-444-2206 800-863-6569

N.L. Trolley Building,
Eugene O'Neill Dr/Golden St
New London 06320


Norwich Tourism Office
69 Main St, Norwich 06360
860-886-4683 888 4-NORWICH

North Stonington
I-95 South Information Center

Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
1 Thames Plaza, Norwich 06360

Old Saybrook
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce
146 Main St, OId Saybrook 06475

I-95 North Information Center

Westerly-Pawatuck Chamber of Commerce
74 Post Rd, Westerly, RI 02891

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Area Attractions

Mystic Aquarium
Exit 90, I-95
Mystic, CT

CT Wine Trail
Various Wineries

Mystic Pizza
Location “inspiration” for the 1988 Julia Roberts’ movie
56 West Main Street
Mystic, CT

Mystic Pizza II
Same food as the original, but down the road from Foxwoods
North Stonington, CT

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
Only remaining steam-powered cider mill in America, also oldest continuous producer of hard cider (National Historic Landmark)
North Stonington Road
Old Mystic, CT

Watch Hill Flying Horse Carousel
End of Bay Street
Watch Hill, RI

Gillette Castle State Park River Road
East Haddam

Mystic Seaport
Route 27
Mystic, CT

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
409 Main Street
Niantic CT

Enchanted Forest
Route 3
Hope Valley, RI

Mashantucket Peqout Museum and Research Center
110 Peqout Trail, off Route 214
Mashantucket, CT

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT

Submarine Memorial War of Honor
I-95 North, Exit 85;
I-95 South, Exit 86
Bridge and Thames Street
Groton, CT

Essex Stream Train & Riverboat Ride
Railroad Ave, Essex

Science Center of Eastern Connecticut
33 Gallows Lane
New London, CT

Project Oceanology
Avery Point Campus
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT
860-445-9007 800-364-8472

Norwich Veterans Memorial Rose Garden
Mohegan Park
Rockwell Street Entrance
Norwich, CT

Norwich Municipal Ice Park
641 New London turnpike
Norwich, CT

Historic Ship Nautilus/Submarine Force Museum
Crystal Lake Rd, off Route 12
Groton, CT
800-343-0079 860-694-3174

Carousel Museum of New England
Route 27
Mystic, CT

CT Tigers (Detroit Tigers AA Affiliate)
Dodd Stadium
Norwich, CT

Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock
67 Main St
Essex CT

Millstone Information and Science Center
278 Main Street
Niantic, CT

Denison Pequotsepos
Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road
Mystic, CT

Old Lighthouse Museum
Southern end of Water Street
Stonington, CT
Coastal and community history.
Climb the lighthouse tower for a three-state view

1833 Robert Mills U.S. Custom House & Museum of American Maritime History
150 Bank St, New London
Oldest operating federal custom house in the United States

Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House
40 Palmer St, Stonington, CT
Home of the man credited with discovering Antarctica

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Main St
Haddam, CT
Schoolhouse where the Revolutionary War Hero taught

Indian burial Ground
Sachem St
Norwich, CT
Grave site of Mohegan Indian Chief Uncas, who gave land for settlement of Norwich

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Hotel Information

Each year, Mohegan Sun offers us a special discounted rate for hotel rooms during FARGO. The link to book a room at Mohegan Sun is on the main page. There are many hotels near Mohegan Sun. You can check their website for information.

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RVs and oversized vehicles can park in either the Turtle or Bear surface lots. There are no hook-ups.

Aces High RV Park 860-739-8858 East Lyme

Salem Farms Campground 800-479-9238 Salem

Acorn Acres Campground 860-859-1020 Bozrah

Seaport Campground 860-536-4044 Old Mystic

Camp Niantic by the Atlantic 860-739-9308 Niantic

Strawberry Park Resort Campground 888-794-7944 Preston

Highland Orchards Resort Park 860-599-5101 N Stonington

Timber Creek RV Resort 401-322-1877 Westerly

Odetah Campground 800-448-1193 Bozrah

Waters Edge Campground 800-826-6478 Lebanon

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