Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT opened in 1996 and soon became one of the highest grossing casino resort destinations in the world. With that success, Mohegan Tribal leadership, who serve as the board for the corporate gaming and resort entity now known as Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), set out to expand their portfolio.
The very first venture in that plan, which has now evolved to nearly ten owned or operated properties across the globe, was Mohegan Sun Pocono (MSP). Opened in November of 2006 as Pennsylvania’s first casino, MSP immediately became one of the premier casino destinations in Pennsylvania and played a major role in the further expansion of a burgeoning and internationally recognized gaming and entertainment corporation.
With a major legislative milestone in 2004 in which Pennsylvania approved a select number of casinos to offer slot-based gaming, the opportunity arose for MGE to expand their brand and expertise into a nearby state that had easy access to New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
Mohegan leadership also anticipated further gaming expansion in the great state of Pennsylvania when MSP became one of the very first destinations in Pennsylvania to launch table games in 2006. Within ten years of that launch, Mohegan Sun Pocono had net revenues of roughly $300 million.
Today, MSP, which is located on 400 acres in the hillside of Plains, Pennsylvania, is home to more than 1,900 slot machines, more than 60 live table games including a Poker Room, live harness racing throughout most of the year, fine dining, various retail options, a world-class spa, live entertainment in Breakers, Bar Louie and the Keystone Grand Ballroom. On November 14, 2013, MSP opened their 230+ room Hotel at Mohegan Sun Pocono, marking a significant step for the casino.
Another key milestone came in October of 2019 when the Unibet Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono held its Grand Opening. Penn State football legend, LaVar Arrington, assisted in christening the new venue. It features live betting options, convenient kiosks, helpful teller booths, food & beverage options and a 28-foot wide high-def video wall where roughly 40 guests can take in all the major sports action. Along with this brick-and-mortar sports betting option for guests, Mohegan Sun Pocono also provides online sports and iGaming wagering through PA.Unibet.com and its associated mobile apps for Android and iPhone.
Mohegan Sun Pocono and its amazing team members have also been committed to various charitable and community-based efforts throughout the years. A long-standing partnership with the United Way of Wyoming Valley has produced regular giveaways and food bank initiatives.
Just recently, MSP served as a Covid-19 test site for the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, PA region. In 2016, MSP also updated to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that reduced energy consumption by 22% and limited its carbon footprint by 3,900 metric tons. Pennsylvania-based UGI HVAC Enterprises, Inc. (UGI HVAC) installed the new system, and as part of this project, MSP and HVAC also worked with Penn State Hazleton engineering students as part of their Senior Design Capstone project, which focused on alternative energy and power generation.
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