Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mohegan Sun Goes After Rhode Island´s Twin River Customers

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This installment of The Tribes In The Media is a Providence Journal article on a Mohegan Sun promotion targeting customers of the Twin River slot parlor in Rhode Island.

Mohegan Sun wants Twin River patrons
By Paul Grimaldi
The Providence Journal
February 4, 2010

The competition between Twin River slot parlor and the two tribal-run casinos in Connecticut got a little keener this week as Mohegan Sun started a three-month promotion to attract gamblers from the Lincoln venue.

The casino in Uncasville, Conn., run by the Mohegan tribe, is offering $100 of free slot-machine play to people with a Twin River Rewards card when they sign up for Mohegan Sun’s frequent-gambler card.

The promotion comes in the aftermath of Twin River moving to around-the-clock gambling in mid-November. The change could not have been welcome news to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Resort Casino, both of which struggled in 2009.

Mohegan Sun’s December 2009 slot win totaled $57.1 million, down 9.6 percent from December 2008. Foxwoods Resort Casino and the affiliated MGM Grand at Foxwoods, reported that they won $44.6 million at their slot machines in December 2009, a decline of less than 1 percent from December 2008.

Mohegan Sun’s December results followed a 10.8-percent drop-off in November. Mohegan Sun won $763.9 million in 2009, a 9.4-percent decline from the $842.9 million it won in 2008.

For 2009 as a whole, the Foxwoods casinos’ $684.4 million in slot wins was down 6 percent from the $728 million they won in 2008.

The Mohegan Sun slots promotion ends Friday, April 30. The $100 Free Slot Play Bonus can only be awarded once during the two-month promotion. Customers must be 21 or older.