Poker Returns to Mohegan Sun Casino After Removal Has Costs
After abandoning the game to create space for more slot machines, Mohegan Sun Casino is preparing to reinstall poker tables in August. The casino had pulled its existing poker facilities in September of 2003, citing cost-analysis studies that showed the space was far more valuable as host to more slots.
Convinced that the slots that would occupy the space of a poker table would bring in far more revenue than the rake on card games, the Mohegan Sun gave up on poker players. However, several factors that weren't anticipated by casino beancounters came into play. The poker explosion continued without signs of abating; the economy worsened; and people looking for a variety of gambling choices chose competitors over the Sun.
Foxwoods Casino jumped at the void left by Mohegan Sun, and now has a 103-table poker room. Meanwhile, even as industry experts insist poker does not make much money for the house, casinos are faced with declining business due to rough economic times, and must offer customers as many reasons and games as possible to lure the shrinking gambling market.
Mohegan Sun is returning poker in time to make a big splash with its new Casino of the Wind, which will contain 28 table games, 680 slots, and 42 poker tables.
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