Friday, August 22, 2008

Heads Up Action

Southern CT has long been the casino capital of New England, boasting two of the largest casinos in not just the region but the world. Located just 9 miles apart, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have been going head-to-head to attract visitors--expanding their properties with bigger and better amenities.

This summer, Foxwoods had the grand opening for its new MGM Grand tower (a $700 million expansion which included a casino, 26-story hotel, 4,000-seat theater as well as high end restaurants and shops). Mohegan Sun has its own plans--a $925 million Project Horizon expansion which includes the Casino of the Wind , scheduled to open next week.

Part of the Mohegan Sun expansion will include a 42-table poker room. This is not a minor point. During the poker boom, Foxwoods has housed the only poker room (114 tables) in New England. Foxwoods has leveraged its poker-focus to attract more visitors, land nationally televised tournaments, and tap it all for tremendous PR.

With another fighter in the poker ring, who will be King in Connecticut's Casinoville?

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