Tribal casino developer Mohegan Sun and Entertainment is bracing for impact with the help of a considerable amount of money to be implemented in the years ahead after the official launch of rival Massachusetts casino resorts MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor. About $100 million would have to be poured into the future operation of the tribal casino operator in order to alleviate the potential impact of neighboring state development.
It is no secret to anyone that casino operators might turn the gambling field into a battle for influence and popularity among tourists and players. This could be the case in the foreseeable future when it comes to neighboring states Connecticut and Massachusetts which are set to experience the impact of two new major casino resorts later this month and in June 2019. Towards the end of August, on 24th MGM Resorts is going to launch operation at its brand new $960 million casino resort projected to become one of the hottest spots in the Western Massachusetts region.
Over the span of the past years, construction has been in progress on site and more and more details have been revealed in the process. It would be located only 70 miles away from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and being a new location boasting quite the competitive offerings, it could result in some portion of Mohegan’s player pool redirecting to it. It is an inevitable consequence of every new resort launch, which could only be worked around with the introduction of more gaming activities at the tribal casino venue.
In addition to this launch, there is a second one set about a year from now, which would see Wynn Resorts open its new Encore Boston Harbor integrated resort in Everett, Massachusetts. The project is bigger and therefore would cost some $2.5 billion to the operator, guaranteeing a premium experience to tourists coming from near and far. The overall impact on Mohegan Sun’s operation, on the other hand, would not be that premium, as it is expected to impact it in a way by drawing players.
Tribal Developer Braces for Revenue Battle
Back in June the Connecticut casino operator even went as far as to call a judge to overturn the Boston-area casino license of Wynn Resorts. In the filing, it was stated that Wynn’s failure to provide this information about the emerged sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn, combined with the inability of the Commission to reveal the facts raised some questions related to the scope of the suitability review of Wynn Resorts.
This attempt to influence the future management of the casino resort witnessed no success at the end of the day. Now Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment’s Chief Financial Officer, Drew Kelley, had devised a plan for action which could attract more players to the venues overseen by the tribal operator. About $40 million would be implemented in relation to the potential sports wagering introduction at the casino venues, as well as the wide variety of gambling activities available on site.
In order to attract and be able to accommodate more patrons to the hotel tower of Mohegan Sun, more rooms and suites would have to be added, which would call for some $20 million. Another $20 million would be implemented for spreading the word and attracting more people to the properties. For the time being, the particular impact of the two new casino resorts is not possible to be estimated, but there could be such and it is better for the tribal casino developer to work in advance.
For reference, the month of June saw a 1.5-percent drop in the net revenue of the operator when compared to the performance over June 2017. Among the reasons for this was listed the surging promotional activity around Mohegan Sun Pocono operating in Pennsylvania. In an attempt to expand the general player pool of Mohegan Sun Casino, the Monroe Republican Town Committee has scheduled a special event on 23rd September.
With the help of a bus leaving at 9:15 a.m., all players willing to participate in gaming activities at the venue would have the chance to do so for as much as $46. This amount includes food offerings available on site, as well as a $15 voucher for gaming at the casino venue, where players could spend time up until 5 p.m. when they would have to go back to Monroe.