CT Casino Revenue – Sun Up, Foxwoods Down

In Connecticut, revenue driven to the state’s general fund from it’s two tribal casinos equals 25%  of their gross slot revenue.  Since the recession of 2007, revenue has decreased, causing Connecticut’s casinos to look at diversifying their interests and decreasing the number of slot machines on the casino floor.

For a look at the figures for both casinos since the beginning (1993), click here

Mohegan Sun casino of the Earth

Mohegan Sun had its best month in nearly three years in July, at least in terms of slot-machine revenue.  The casino kept $55.9 million after paying out prizes, its highest “win” since it kept $56.2 million in August 2014 — a 35-month stretch.

Mohegan Sun now has more slot machines than Foxwoods on the floor, but this isn’t the reason for the difference in revenue direction. But walking around either casino brings a feeling of spaciousness more than ever before.  Foxwoods has closed off areas, making gaming spaces smaller, such as the newly renovated and now non-smoking Rainmaker Casino.  Mohegan Sun has areas that are just more open – obviously because “something” used to be sitting there. During July, Mohegan Sun operated, on average, 4,945 slots machines; Foxwoods averaged 4,178 – that’s approximately 25-35% less than it their heyday around the year 2005.

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT

Mohegan Sun’s success is summed up by one word – arena.  No casino in the northeast has a 10,000 seat arena that can house a pro sports team one night and Billy Joel for the next two nights – all under the same roof of three casino areas.   The first expansion of the Sky Casino and Hotel included the arena – a genius move.  And that arena brings people in with great entertainment on a consistent basis, many who come early or stay after to gamble. Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.

New slots, new stadium gaming in Great Cedar Casino

To be fair, Foxwoods has been doing a lot of renovation on it’s own.  Foxwoods President and CEO Felix Rappaport noted that “Having our second most popular casino 50 percent disrupted for eight months had a huge impact on us,” referring to the Great Cedar Casino with the addition of 300 new slots and stadium gaming.  For more on the re-opening of the Great Cedar Casino, click on Stadium Gaming, Great Cedar Renovations at Foxwoods

Despite it’s vast retail, dining and recreational options, slot machines are still Foxwoods’ largest revenue source, according to 

This week, we will take a look at the many additions to the Foxwoods dining and entertainment portfolio, including thrill rides and celebrity chefs.  Foxwoods may not have an “arena,” but they continue to change and provide more options to compete with the increasing competitive market in southern New England.


That’s all for now.


Mohegan Sun – Hot Summer Fun 2016

Each Weekday, a different promotion highlights Mohegan Sun’s annual ongoing list of fun.

Check out what’s happening now through September 3rd:

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Cash Dash Tuesdays



Mohegan Sun’s Cash Cube comes back to Tuesday’s where up to $100,000 is given away every Tuesday. Every hour, a Momentum member will be picked to enter the cash cube! You could win up to $10,000! Both slots and table games players are eligible. Catch the $2.00 bill inside the Cash Cube and we’ll double your winnings.

More Momentum Wednesdays

DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS – Play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight to receive DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS!

STATUS POINT BOOSTER – Earn 50% MORE STATUS POINTS while playing your favorite table games, including stadium gaming!

BRING-A-FRIEND FREE SLOT PLAY – Bring a friend who joins Momentum and we’ll give each of you $10 in FREE SLOT PLAY! Plus, if they give us their email, we’ll email them another $10 in FREE SLOT PLAY!

MOMENTUM PLAY+ – Earn $5 cash bonus each day you play with Play+ during Hot Summer Fun – plus an extra $5 on Wednesdays!

Hot Seat Thursdays

WIN YOUR SHARE OF $10,000 EVERY THURSDAY, 10:00am – 7:00pm. ONE WINNER EACH HOUR WILL WIN $1,000 CASH! Play your favorite slots, tables and stadium games for your chance to win! One winner will be randomly selected each hour and handed $1,000 CASH!

Free & Fun Fridays – 

Party on the Rooftop

Party on the Rooftop

  • Free t-shirts for the first 2,000 Momentum members at Summer Coat Check  starting at 9:00am. Collect all 10
  • Duo Blackjack Lounge – PLUSH DOUBLE BENCHES. HIGH ENERGY VIBE. PREMIUM COCKTAILS. Friday & Saturday Nights, Casino of the Wind
  • Party on the Rooftop – This 21 and over event allows guests to listen to live music and purchase various treats from rotating food trucks on Friday. For a complete list of participating bands and more information, click here.


Every weekend, all weekend – catch the hottest DJs, celebrity appearances, stand-up comedy and amazing live music!  Click Here for info and listings.

Get out there and have some fun at Mohegan Sun.


Earth Hotel Opens at Mohegan Sun

mohegansun earthtowerIn 2001, five years after Mohegan Sun opened, Connecticut’s second mega-resort/casino was just starting to bring in it’s world-class amenities like the first hotel, the retail shops and the entertainment venues. Following the process of construction, the rearranging the Winter Parking Garage and long entrance, and seeing the additions of two casinos, the one-of-a-kind arena, and retail options has been fascinating.

Last Friday, the official opening ceremony topped the celebration of 20 years in gaming.

The main reason for The Earth Tower? – COMPETITION. The tribe says it has turned away 1 million room requests in just the last year. The main concern has always been the threat of MGM in Springfield, but the numerous rooms available, newer affiliations with local hotels servicing Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA, and an additional Hotel/Casino in Tiverton in a few years also gives patrons options on all sides.

view-from-earth-hotelBut the immediate need for all those rooms were 1) gamblers who occupy a lofty enough spot in the Momentum Rewards Club hierarchy these folks and other VIPs routinely occupy a large percentage of the Sky Tower’s rooms, and the great numbers of attendees at Mohegan Sun’s many large events, such as the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, which turned away many because the Sky Tower was already maxed out for the weekend.

Mohegan Sun, which draws from the Boston, New York, Providence and Hartford markets. The Earth Tower fits in nicely with the tribe’s plans to continue to add non-gaming amenities. As seen all over the country, gambling revenue is decreasing, and casinos are responding with other things to entice or serve patrons. Even Steve Wynn considers his “Boston Harbor” Casino in the Boston area as a resort with a casino attached.

So, what IS the Earth Hotel?

  •  400-rooms, 242,000 square-foot Earth Tower
  • 39 suites, one of which can accommodate 10 people
  • a lobby, home to various lounging areasbean_and_vine_mohegan-sun
  • the Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, which will serve as a grab-and-go breakfast option in the morning and a spot for a cocktail in the afternoon and evening with outdoor seating (The Earth Hotel is expected to help in providing rooms for convention attendees.)
  • an outdoor Earth Tower Terrace has gas fire pits, a satellite bar and food service, and can also be used for private functions
  • a spa, a fitness center and a pool area

    The Deluxe King Room in the Earth Tower.

    The Deluxe King Room in the Earth Tower.

  • slightly smaller rooms than the Sky Tower, but include upholstered chair with ottoman, a large flat-screen TV on the wall with built-in Chromecast, along with the requisite coffeemaker and fridge. (Pricier suites are much larger.)
  • new high tech additions include: push a button near the bed and it signals with a small colored light outside your door that you don’t want to be disturbed (plastic door tags requesting “privacy”), the ability to quickly set the TV to come on at a desired time as your wake-up call (yes, it does include the usual alarm clock as well), state-of-the-art touch wall switches and thermostat, various places to plug in your cellphone

The opening comes at Holiday time, which means it couldn’t come at a better time! From the Christmas show season, to New Year’s Eve, these rooms will be booked.  Mohegan Sun still won’t have enough on site rooms for the month of December, but they will sure help out.

That’s all for now concerning Mohegan Sun’s Earth Hotel until 2017, when NETG will be staying in the Earth Hotel and reviewing the experience.