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Mohegan Sun Has Successful First Weekend With New Poker Room

Casino expansion is not high on the list of developers these days. With the economy hurting the casino industry for the first time in a long time, casino expansion has been slowed around the United States.

Several projects that had been in the works by big time casino developers have now gone on hold. Others have pulled bids to build casinos in areas that have recently changed laws allowing casinos in their states.

The Mohegan Sun Casino, however, will not be one of the ones that is lumped in with that former group. They have expanded and their new casino is drawing rave reviews. Casino of the Wind opened on Friday night amidst great anticipation.

The early reviews are that Mohegan Sun has created a winner of a casino. The poker room, which holds forty two tables, is spacious and has a comforting feel to it.

“As people are making hard choices about where to spend their discretionary income and where to recreate, it’s great that we have something new for them to see,” said Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess to the Hardford Courant newspaper.

The casino has a month long celebration planned to welcome the new casino. In addition to the gaming options, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant is also one of the new attractions.

Poker Pro John Phan Wins Legends of Poker Main Event Tournament

When there is over $1 million at stake in a poker tournament, it can be almost guaranteed that the professionals will show up with their game faces on. That was the case this week at the Legends of Poker tournament in California.

The tournament had some of the biggest names in poker entered. They fought for almost a week and in the end it was John Chan who came away with the top prize.

Amit Makhija was Phan’s main competition. The two played three and a half hours of heads up poker before Phan emerged as the champion. It was “the greatest heads up match in WPT history,’ according to Mike Sexton, WPT commentator.

The World Poker Tour will showcase the tournament when they begin their new contract with Fox Sports Net. The main event of the Legends Poker will be televised at a later date.

“We embrace all of our legends, but its all the sweeter when one of our home players takes home the prize,” said Marketing Director Kelley O’Hara. Phan took home over $1 million for winning the main event.

“This was a hard won victory and viewers will be on the edge of their seats with this episode,” said Casino Manager Zaven Esmaili.

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