FARGO Frequently Asked Questions
What is FARGO?
Foxwoods 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.
a mail list?
To sign up for the mail list go to www.conjelco.com/mailman/listinfo/fargo
and where is it held?
An Autumn weekend (typically September or October) at Foxwoods Casino
Who is eligible?
How do I sign up?
Anyone 21 years of age or older that has an email address is eligible
To register, www.conjelco.com/fargo
sign up is via computer only.
registered for FARGO by computer, sent in my registration fee, but how
do I sign in and pay for the tournaments?
Payment and seat assignments for each tournament are handled by Foxwoods,
at the tournament registration desk, which opens one hour prior to the
start of each tournament. Bring cash and your wampum card. For the pairs
tourney you need to sign in with your partner. Registration closes when
the tournament starts, so don’t be late.
What is a
wampum card, why do I need one, how do I get one?
A Wampum Card is Foxwoods' method for tracking casino/poker
play. Foxwoods' requires a Wampum 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, including, just to the
left of the Poker Tournament Registration Desk. You must be at least
21 years of age and provide some form of legal identification to register
for a card. Previously issued 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 Foxwoods (FW) table or slot game.
Points are accumulated which can be use/spent at any business (food,
hotel, merchandise) within the FW complex. Each and every time you play,
give it to the floor person (poker) or pit boss. Note for poker, you
MUST sign out at the podium, otherwise your comp points for that session
will not be credited.
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 50 miles from Foxwoods. A
car can be rented or you can take a shuttle to Foxwoods.
Conway (800-888-4661) Shuttle to Foxwoods at 11 AM, 6
& 10 PM. Same number to arrange limo transportation. http://www.conwaytours.com/airport.cfm
Return trips (Foxwoods to PVD) are: 8:15 AM, 3PM and 7:15 PM
If you cannot make Conway's bus schedule, an alternative
is to take the RIPTA bus (trolley) to Kennedy Plaza. Walk to the greyhound
bus terminal on Fountain Street, then get on the greyhound bus and go
to FW. Greyhound runs 15 times per day, http://www.greyhound.com use
“Providence, RI and Foxwoods, CT". In the past Greyhound
customers got $10.00 match play, $10.00 food credit, and a $5.00 pull
tab upon arrival at Foxwoods.
If flying into another airport and renting a car, here's how long it
will take to drive to FW:
(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
To take greyhound from logan, take the "T" (bus
then subway) to south station. The Greyhound bus from South Station
http://www.greyhound.com In the past Greyhound customers get $10.00
match play, $10.00 food credit, and a $5.00 pull tab upon arrival at
(HPN) (LGA) (JFK) NYC area airports not great choices,
approx. 2 ½ to 3 1/2 hours away from FW.
Hotels, why is one
less expensive? Where should I stay, what's the difference?
Both the Cedars and Two Trees are nice, comfortable, clean
hotels. Cedars is located in the complex, near the poker room. Two Trees
is across the parking lot, approximately 1/4 mile from the main complex,
a short walk or, a shuttle service is provided 24 hrs/day approximately
every 15 minutes. Bring an umbrella in case of rain.
Two Trees has Branches, an easily accessible restaurant,
a pool and lame exercise equipment. Two Trees does NOT provide room
service. The rooms are bright and sunny.
At Cedars, breakfast is either room service, the Festival Buffet (located
near the poker room), Veranda Cafe (in the Pequot section of the complex),
a muffin/coffee from the snack stand or a breakfast sandwich in the
snack bar located just off the poker room. Room service is also available.
A pool, and exercise room is available.
There is a spa located in the Grand Pequot Tower, which
can be utilized even if you are staying at one of the other hotels.
Foxwoods does not offer special room rates at the Pequot during FARGO.
A vast array of choices...but, weekends can be very crowded,
reservations hard to come by, and non-reservation places usually contain
"The Bistro" downstairs from the poker room
in the non-smoking casino is an excellent choice, because is it somewhat
"unknown" due to its location, the wait is usually tolerable,
the food is good and the prices moderate.
There is a snack bar adjacent to the poker room/race book
(if the line is long take a seat at the bar, same food)
Near the poker room is the Festival Buffet, "The
Deli" and the food court (such as it is, it is NOT like the food
court at Mohegan Sun! Speaking of which, if you plan to visit Mohegan
Sun you might want to do so when you are hungry, food is so much easier
to obtain there)
Cedars Steak House, Han Garden offer higher priced choices.
Additional high end choices can be found in the PequotTower, including:
Fox Harbour (seafood), Al Dente (Italian) and Paragon (the ultimate
high end, located on the 24th floor).
The Veranda Café (reasonably priced) is also located
in the Pequot Tower.
Two Trees has the restaurant "Branches" where
seating is usually timely and worth the short walk across the parking
See http://www.foxwoods.com/dining.html for all the details
and a map where everything is.
What is the
The casino offers both smoking and non-smoking game/slot
areas, and the poker
room is completely non-smoking.
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 10 AM Saturday
morning, and it's noon on Sunday.
(4) Package stores close at 8 PM on Saturday, and don't
reopen until Monday morning.
there entertainment at Foxwoods?
The Mohegan Sun also has entertainment: http://www.mohegansun.com/sports_entertainment/index.jsp
Speaking of the Mohegan
Sun, how far away is it, and how do I get there?
The Mohegan Sun is approximately a 15 minute drive from
Turn left out of Foxwoods on to Route 2, (Northwest) stay
on this for a couple of miles. Turn left on 2A (West). Stay on Route
2A follow the signs to Mohegan Sun, (you will make a right at the church,
a left when you come to a stop sign and can no longer go straight, a
right at the light) you will see the signs for Mohegan Sun Blvd.
To return, reverse directions or follow the bread crumbs
- you did leave a trail of bread crumbs, right? J
are the typical games & limits offered at FW: poker, BJ, craps
and for the Mohegan Sun: http://www.mohegansun.com/gaming/games_we_offer.jsp
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 friend.
http://www.boston.com/weather or, www.weather.com are
the best sources.
Are there any
golf courses in the area?
Foxwoods has a golf course: http://www.foxwoods.com/golfing.html
Other Places to play in the area:
Birch Plain Golf Course and Driving Range (18 Hole Par
119 High Rock Road
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
Mile View Par 3
RT. 164 (3 miles form Foxwoods)
Preston, CT (860)-892-4992
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
( Preston Road, 9 miles from Foxwoods)
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
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
Southeastern Connecticut Tourism District
470 Bank St, New London 06320
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
I-95 South Information Center
Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
1 Thames Plaza, Norwich 06360
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
Exit 90, I-95
www.mysticaquarium.org Watch Hill Carousel
End of Bay Street
Watch Hill, RI
Gillette Castle State Park River Road
Children's Museum of
409 Main Street
Hope Valley, RI
Museum and Research Center
110 Peqout Trail, off Route 214
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT
War of Honor
I-95 North, Exit 85;
I-95 South, Exit 86
Bridge and Thames Street
Essex Stream Train &
Railroad Ave, Essex
Science Center of
33 Gallows Lane
New London, CT
Avery Point Campus
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Essex Stream Train &
Railroad Ave, Essex
Memorial Rose Garden
Rockwell Street Entrance
Norwich Municipal Ice Park
641 New London turnpike
Historic Ship Nautilus/
Submarine Force Museum
Crystal Lake Rd, off Route 12
Carousel Museum of
Norwich Industrial Park
Connecticut River Museum
at Steamboat Dock
67 Main St, Essex CT
and Science Center
278 Main Street
109 Pequotsepos Road
Old Lighthouse Museum
Southern end of Water Street
Coastal and community history.
Climb the lighthouse tower for a
1833 Robert Mills U.S. Custom House
& Museum of Amer. 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 Antarctia
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Main St, Haddam, CT
Schoolhouse where the Revolutionary
War Hero taught.
Indian burial Ground
Sachem St, Norwich
Grave site of Mohegan Indian Chief Uncas,
who gave land for settlement of Norwich
Hotel/Motel, Bed & Breakfast,
(note each category is listed separately)
* Denotes there are on Foxwoods referral list
(note some phone numbers are the same as they are handled by a central
AmeriSuites 800-833-1516 Mystic
Niantic Inn 860-739-5451 Niantic
Best Western Hilltop Inn 860-739-3951 Niantic
Oakdell Motel 800-676-REST Waterford
Best Western Olympic Inn 860-445-8000 Groton Pine Lodge Motel 800-838-0333
Breezeway Resort Motel 800-462-8872 Misquamicut Beach Plainfield Yankee
Motor Inn 860-564-4021 Plainfield
Circle Park Inn & Suites 860-535-7829 N. Stonington Pleasant View
Inn Oceanfront Resort 800-782-3224 Misquamicut Beach
* Comfort Inn 800-228-5150 Mystic Rocky Neck Inn 860-739-6268 Niantic
* Comfort Suites 800-847-SUITE Norwich Radisson Hotel 800-333-3333 New
Connecticut Yankees Inn 860-739-5483 Niantic * Ramada Inn 800-272-6232
Courtyard by Marriott 800-572-3993 Norwich * Residence Inn by Marriott
Cove Ledge Motel 860-599-4130 Pawcatuck Rosemont Suites 860-889-2671
* Days Inn 800-325-2525 Mystic Sandy Shore 401-596-5616 Misquamicut
Days Inn 860-739-6921 Niantic Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa 860-395-2000
Groton Inn & Suites 800-452-2191 Groton Seaport Motor Inn 860-536-2621
* Holiday Inn 800-353-5734 New London SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Howard Johnson Inn 860-536-2654 Mystic Stardust Motel 860-599-2261 N.
Kiar Crest Resort & Inn 860-873-8649 Moodus Super 8 Motel 860-448-2818
Lamplighter Motel 860-442-7227 Waterford Taber Inn & Marina 860-536-4904
Morgan Inn & Suites 800-280-0054 Groton Thames Inn & Marina
* Mystic Hilton 860-572-0731 Mystic Water's Edge Resort 800-222-5901
New London Lodgings 860-442-0631 New London * Winnapaug Inn 800-288-9906
Bed & Breakfast
* Abby's Lantern Hill Inn 860-572-0483 Ledyard The Inn at Harbor Hill
Marina 860-739-0331 Niantic
Angel's Watch Inn B&B 860-399-8846 Westbrook Queen Anne Inn 800-347-8818
* Antiques & Accommodations 860-535-1736 N. Stonington Roseledge
Farm B&B 860-892-4739 Preston
Captain Dibbell House 888-889-6882 Clinton * Stonecroft 860-572-0771
* Captain Grant's 860-887-7589 Preston Talcott House 860-399-5020 Westbrook
* Fitch-Claremont House 860-889-0260 Bozrah The Villa 800-722-9240 Westerly,
Hearthside Farm B&B 860-887-4260 Bozrah Westbrook Hill Inn B &
B 800-356-9314 Westbrook
* High Acres Lodging 860-887-4355 N Stonington Whitehall Mansion 800-572-3993
* Applewood Farms Inn 860-536-2022 Ledyard * The Old Mystic Inn 860-572-0771
* Blueberry Inn 860-889-3618 Bozrah Old Lyme Inn 800-434-5352 Old Lyme
Griswold Inn & Restaurant 860-767-1776 Essex * Randall's Ordinary
860-599-4540 N Stonington
* Hill Top Inn 860-535-0500 N. Stonington Shelter Harbor Inn 800-468-8883
Inn at Chester 800-949-STAY Chester Steamboat Inn 860-536-8300 Mystic
Inn at Mystic 800-237-2415 Mystic * Tabor Inne 860-536-4904 Mystic
Lighthouse Inn 860-443-8411 New London Watch Hill Inn & Restaurant
800-356-9314 Watch Hill, RI
* The Mare's Inn 860-572-7556 Ledyard Whaler's Inn 800-243-2588 Mystic
* Norwich Inn & Spa 800-275-4772 Norwich
Aces High RV Park 860-739-8858 East Lyme Salem Farms Campground 800-479-9238
Acorn Acres Campground 860-859-1020 Bozrah Seaport Campground 860-536-4044
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
Foxwoods back parking lot, often has a convoy of RV's camped out