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Grand Opening of the New $208 Million Gaming and Entertainment Complex at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Brings New Life to Northeastern Pennsylvania

2008-07-17 12:53:00

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.–(EMWNews)–This morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs officially opened the doors of

its new $208 million gaming and entertainment complex. At 9:30am, Bobby

Soper, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomed a crowd

of eager players and kicked off a grand opening ceremony. The

festivities included a Mohegan Tribe ritual Smudge Pot Ceremony, four

world champion parachutists carrying a 560 square foot banner, and the

Color Guard of the Pennsylvania National Guard 109th

Field Artillery Battalion of Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Soper used the

opportunity to express his gratitude to the state of Pennsylvania, and

the surrounding community of Northeastern Pennsylvania: This

day is possible due in large part to the spirit of cooperation and

commitment by the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. This really is

your casino.

With 55,000 square feet of new gaming space hosting 2,500 slot and

electronic virtual table games, many new to Pennsylvania, the new

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers players unparalleled opportunities

for gaming success. Pennsylvanias first

casino is the first in the Commonwealth to offer games that are new to

the market including: Wheel of Fortune Multi Level Progressive, Diamond

Jackpots, Red Hottie, Press your Luck/Monopoly (community games,)

GameMaker, Bonus Frenzy, Spin & Win, Bagpipe Bonus, Quick Hit 5 level

Progressive, Power Progressive, All About Money, Anything But Six, Super

Times Pay, Golden Gate Artic Fox, Dean Martin, Ruby Ring and Houdini.

Mohegan Sun machines utilize the latest in coinless ticket in-ticket out

technology providing convenience while permitting wagers from one cent

to $100. At the center of the casino, the bright and spacious Sunburst

Bar offers 33 video poker multi-game machines. There is also a High

Limit Room for those who wish to make wagers of five to $100 and a High

Rollers VIP Lounge. Visitors to Mohegan Sun

at Pocono Downs will also find 300 slot and electronic virtual table

games across the bridge to what was Phase One of the complex.

The new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs brings to the region previously

unavailable culinary choices including the regional debut of Ruths

Chris Steak House, a premier name in fine dining, regarded by many

as the best steakhouse in the country. Another stellar entree on the

restaurant roster is Rustic Kitchen Bistro and Bar, a unique food

and entertainment attraction offering an Italian Mediterranean-themed

menu and a live television cooking presentation studio presenting daily

shows called In the Kitchen

hosted by Mountain Top, PA native and cooking show celebrity chef, Kate

Gabriele. Bar Louie, a casually cool neighborhood-flavored

restaurant and bar wildly popular for its signature sandwiches, wine bar

and handcrafted martinis, features a large selection of uniquely

prepared appetizers, deluxe burgers and hearty entrees at prices that wont

break the bank. Warm surroundings with an urban feel are further brought

to life with live entertainment at least three nights a week. In an

intimate, hip setting offering contemporary design youll

find the freshest sushi at Pearl Sushi Bar, exuding an atmosphere

that might only be expected in the finest settings in Manhattan or Los

Angeles. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs pays tribute to the cultural

heritage of the Mohegan Tribe in the 300 seat Timbers Buffet

offering an almost unlimited presentation of diverse food options for

lunch and dinner. Tribal history and culture will be on display in the

unique design and finishes, as will delicious food from diverse styles

in a nearly endless series of stations. Located on a

two-hundred-year-old Bucks County, Pennsylvania estate, less than a mile

from Washingtons 1776 crossing of the

Delaware, Crossing Vineyards and Winery has crafted an impressive

history of its own by winning numerous medals and accolades from the

wine industry. Crossing Vineyards fruits of

the vine are showcased at Mohegan Sun at

Pocono Downs in the Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop.

Crossing Vineyards produces four distinct tiers of wine from the finest

Pennsylvania grapes that are processed within hours of harvesting to

ensure quality. To complement Crossing Vineyards premium wines, West

Pittston, Pennsylvanias

will offer imported specialty gourmet food products in the shop along

with their complete line of exquisite gift baskets. A highlight of the Sky

Food Court is Johnny Rockets, part of an international retro

diner-style restaurant chain, providing the food and friendliness

reminiscent of feel-good Americana. Other eateries include Puck

Express by Wolfgang Puck, super-premium Ben and Jerrys

Ice Cream, the Hot Dog Hall of Fame and a Betty & Joes

Baker and Coffee Maker.

Bar offerings are headlined by the Sunburst Bar, located in the

center of the casino. The place to see and be seen, Sunburst Bar offers

the latest in video poker machines at the bar area along with table

seating. Breakers, meanwhile, is a bar that will shake things up,

with live bands playing current hit music, stunning bartenders who serve

drinks and periodically get up on the bar to dance and large screen

televisions for sporting events.

The new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs includes 7,000 square feet of retail

space occupied by such quality shops as Brookstone, Marshall Rousso womens

couture, mens fine apparel boutique Misura,

Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop, Reflections and MOGO, the

Mohegan Sun logo and souvenir shop. For more than 30 years, Marshall

Rousso has ensured that women, who want to look dazzling, are

beautifully dressed. From glamorous evening wear to hip casual clothing,

Marshall Rousso offers remarkable styles to women who appreciate being

noticed. Marshall Rousso also offers a wide assortment of stylish

accessories, including an extensive collection of handbags and an

impressive selection of footwear from such designers as Beverly Feldman,

Mia, Betsey Johnson, and Kathy Van Zeeland. Specializing in exceptional

tailoring for men with impeccable taste, fine apparel boutique Misura

offers a remarkable selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from

some of the most desired designers in mens

fashion, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, Calvin Klein, LaCoste and

Cole Haan. Reflections, a jewelry store of contemporary styles

for men and women, offers the latest in jewelry of all shapes and gems,

plus fine watches from top designers.

The best way to access the amenities at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is

to use the Players Club loyalty card. Now the most valuable gaming card

in the Commonwealth, inserting this card in any slot machine or virtual

table games earns points, which are good for reduced pricing or

complimentary offers which can be redeemed at every restaurant or retail

shop in the new property.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Jim Wise, Vice President of Marketing

Cell: 570-793-5414
Norton, Lipp &

Associates, Inc.
Stephen Gary
484-887-1500 ext. 50
[email protected]

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