Resort Casino Continues to Outpace Industry Thanks to Unparalleled Gaming Experience, Entertainment Options & Accommodations
MASHANTUCKET, CT (July 15, 2009) – Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods today reported to the Connecticut State Division of Special Revenue that for the month of June slot revenue was $57.8 million. This amount represents a decrease of 9.1 percent in slot win and a decrease of 7.7 percent in total slot handle as compared to June of 2008.The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the casino’s owner, also reported a $14.5 million payment to the State of Connecticut for June 2009. This contribution increases the total dollar amount given to the State of Connecticut to more than $2.9 billion since January 1993, when slot machines were first introduced at Foxwoods.
These numbers indicate that Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods continue to significantly outpace the gaming industry, with Las Vegas reporting a decrease of 16.7 percent and major northeast competitor Atlantic City reporting a decrease of 14.5 percent as compared with June of 2008.
“I’m pleased that we continue to outperform the industry as a whole,” said Michael Speller, President of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises (MPGE). “We will continue to provide our customers with unparalleled gaming options, the very best in entertainment, our signature Foxwoods Five Star Service™ and our world-class dining and amenities and we are confident that this approach resonates with our guests while helping us reinforce our position as the East Coast’s premier resort destination.”
Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods offer the highest quality gaming options with a sensational lineup of new offerings including a bevy of upcoming poker tournaments. A charter member of the World Poker Tour (WPT) and home to New England’s only WPT-branded poker room, major upcoming events include Mega Stack Challenge XIII, scheduled for August 18 through 23, which boasts a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, and Foxwoods World Poker Finals, the premier event of the fall season, running October 19 through November 10. Recently, the resort casino upped the ante with the unveiling of the newly-enhanced Great Cedar Casino. The improvements feature the addition of enhanced gaming options, including 24 new table games – two roulette tables, three 3-card poker tables, four mini-baccarat tables, two Spanish 21 games, three Pai Gow poker games, and 10 black-jack tables.
Adding to the appeal this summer is the resort’s star-studded entertainment lineup featuring a sizzling array of spectacles including daily shows like “ILLUMINATION by Cirque Dreams,” a fantastical journey of the imagination from Broadway producer and director Neil Goldberg (every Sunday – Thursday at 7PM, and Wednesday at 2PM, from July-September in the MGM Theater) and “Legends in Concert,” the longest-running tribute show that features live recreations of yesterday’s and today’s superstars, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Tina Turner (every Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM, Tuesday at 2PM and Sunday at 4PM, from July-September in the Fox Theater), and the world-renowned “Bodies: The Exhibition,” a celebration of the amazing and complex machine that is the human body (July-September on the Mezzanine level of the Grand Pequot Tower).
Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods continue to draw some of the biggest names in entertainment, with a who’s who of upcoming headliners, including Sting (July 19), Tom Jones (July 24), American Idol winner David Cook (August 1), and John Legend with special guest, India.Arie (August 8). And even when they’re not working, celebrities can still be spotted taking in all that the award-winning property has to offer, be it golf (Mark Wahlberg teeing off at “Big Shots Titans at the Tee” in June), dining (Rescue Me’s Michael Lombardi, Boston comic Lenny Clarke and Bruins Left Wing Milan Lucic grabbing dinner at Michael Schlow’s Alta Strada in July) or simply raising money for a good cause (basketball legends Alonzo Mourning, Dwayne Wade and Chauncey Billups at “Slam Dunk,” a fundraiser for Mourning’s charitable foundation, in July).
About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut and is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford, and Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods features six casinos with more than 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room™ in New England, High Stakes Bingo, and Ultimate Race Book. There are 1,416 guest rooms and suites in three hotels, more than 30 restaurants, a luxurious spa, more than 50,000 square feet of premium meeting and event space, 24 retail shops, and five entertainment venues, including the 1,400-seat Fox Theatre. Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles™, featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. In May 2008, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods® debuted, adding 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, the 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater, a 21,000-square-foot spa, and more dining, retail, and gaming facilities, bolstering Foxwoods’ preeminence as the East Coast’s ultimate casino resort destination. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit www.foxwoods.com.