Friday, August 22, 2008
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?