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Mohegan Tribe bets on a hotel at Pa. casino

November 14, 2013
Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Seven years after the Mohegan Tribe launched Pennsylvania's gambling industry, it's cutting the ribbon on a $50 million expansion that tribal leaders hope will position the state's oldest casino for growth in a maturing market.

A 238-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot convention center are the latest additions to the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino complex outside Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania. The ribbon-cutting is Thursday.

Mohegan Sun debuted Nov. 14, 2006, when thousands of gamblers mobbed a temporary, no-frills facility overlooking an old harness-racing track. The tribe opened a $208 million permanent casino on the site in 2008 and introduced table games two years later.

Its expansion has tracked the rise of Pennsylvania's casino market, which has emerged as the nation's second largest after Nevada with more than $3 billion in annual revenue.



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