Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority Confirms Agreement with Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Marksville, La. April 28, 2016 – The Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority, the owner and operator of the Paragon Casino Resort, announced today that it has retained Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), operator of Mohegan Sun properties throughout the United States,  to provide gaming, hospitality and entertainment consulting services to its Marksville facility, beginning April 30, 2016.

MTGA operates two of the most successful gaming and entertainment destinations in the United States, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania. MTGA is credited with advancing the once struggling Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, into record profitability over the four years that is has served under its management and investment contract. MTGA’s venture with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington State will introduce the $500-million-dollar casino project that will be the West Coast’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination slated to open in 2017. MTGA was recently awarded a license from the Korean Government to develop and build a first-of-its-kind integrated resort at Incheon International Airport in Korea.

Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority’s Marshall Ray Sampson Sr. said the agreement is in the best interests of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. “We are looking forward to working with MTGA because of the valuable experience they will bring to our operations. They will improve our customer experience, which is our highest priority,” he said.

“In the state of Louisiana, we are known for our food, fun and optimum level of service that is unmatched anywhere else in the country,” said Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Chairman Joey P. Barbry. “With the help of the MTGA, we will be able to reinforce this concept, exceed expectations of Louisiana as a whole and showcase Marksville as a premier gaming and entertainment destination.”

“This is an important day for MTGA and for Indian Country as a whole, as our agreement with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe provides further evidence of Indian Country’s willingness to work together and share gaming expertise to attain the mutual benefits of self-sufficiency and diversification,” said Bobby Soper, President of MTGA.

About the Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority

The Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority, or TBGA, is an unincorporated governmental agency of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. TBGA owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort located in Marksville, Louisiana.

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry, Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has been able to assist local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.

About Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

MTGA is an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, or the Tribe, a Native American Tribe with an approximately 544-acre reservation situated in southeastern Connecticut. MTGA has been granted the exclusive authority to conduct and regulate gaming activities on the existing reservation of the Tribe, including the operation of Mohegan Sun, a gaming and entertainment complex located on a 185-acre site on the Tribe’s reservation. Through its subsidiary, Downs Racing, L.P., MTGA also owns and operates Mohegan Sun Pocono, a gaming and entertainment facility located on a 400-acre site in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. MTGA also manages Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and The Cowlitz Project in the state of Washington. More information about MTGA and its properties can be obtained by visiting www.mohegansun.com, www.mohegansunpocono.com, www.resortsac.com, www.cowlitzcasino.com or www.mtga.com.

UConn Dominates Field at Till Duty is Done Invitational at Mohegan Sun Golf Club

Eric Dietrich Wins Medalist Honors After Course-Record 64

UNCASVILLE, CT (April 27, 2016) – The UConn men’s golf team honored a team of visiting military veterans by giving them a performance to remember.  Hosted at Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Preston, CT, the tournament honors Til Duty Is Done, a Connecticut-based organization that helps returning military veterans with housing, employment and education.  The event featured the unique aspect of a competing team consisting entirely of veterans from the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA), playing alongside the 12 college teams.

UConn junior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) won the first tournament of his college career, highlighted by his course-record 64 in Sunday’s final round, to lead the Huskies to an 11-stroke victory.

It was the second tournament championship of the 2015-16 season for the Huskies and their seventh top five finish in 10 events. Their performance in the Til Duty Is Done Invitational, however, is likely the finest all-around performance in the nine-year head coaching career of UConn’s Dave Pezzino. UConn had four players shoot under par and had five players finish among the top 10.

The Huskies shot a sizzling 18-under 287-277-282=846 to outdistance the field in the 13-team tournament. Rhode Island was the runner-up, shooting a 7-under 293-282-288=857, while Army West Point was third with a 2-over 877.

Dietrich was simply outstanding, shooting the lowest score, a 13-under 203 (73-66-64=203), and the lowest round, 64, of his career, topping runner-up Evan Russell of Hartford by three strokes. Dietrich had two eagles and led the 76-player field by playing the Par 5 holes in 6-under par. It is the sixth top 10 and ninth top 20 finish of his career and he now has shot 20 rounds of par of better and nine sub-70 rounds.

Freshman Blake Kelley (Manchester, Conn.), playing as an individual in his first event of the season, tied for fourth place with a 6-under (73-67-70=210).

Senior co-captains Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) and John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), also notched top 10 finishes. Zaback tied for sixth place with a 4-under 67-70-75=212, the 15th top 10 finish and 24th top 20 finish of his college career. Flaherty shot a 1-under 74-70-71=215 to finish eighth, his eighth top 10 finish.

Also finishing in the top 10 was UConn senior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.), who shot a 1-over 73-72-72=217 to finish in a tie for 10th place, his second top-10 finish. Rounding out the UConn team finish was senior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) who tied for 35th place with a 79-71-79=229.

Besides Kelley, there were five additional Huskies who played as individuals. Freshman Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinson, Mass.) shot 74-76-71=221 to tie for 16th place, junior Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) shot 75-72-77=224 to tie for 25th place, and sophomore Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland) shot 78-79-75=232 to tie for 40th place. Also competing for the Huskies were freshman Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio), who shot 80-78-75=233 to tie for 45th place and freshman Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.), who shot 74-78-84=236 to tie for 53rd place.

About Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on     Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.

Mohegan Sun Adds Final Piece Of Glass To The New Earth Tower

The second hotel currently in construction and on schedule for its fall opening, adds the final exterior piece

UNCASVILLE, CT (April 27, 2015) – During a special ceremony today, leaders of the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the $130 million Earth Hotel. Taking place on the construction site, in attendance were Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin “Red Eagle” Brown, Mohegan Sun President & General Manager, Ray Pineault as well as the Mohegan Tribal Council and Council of Elders.

On schedule for a fall 2016 opening, the new hotel will recapture many of the nearly 1 million room nights turned away since 2014 at the existing hotel. Allowing for more guests to experience the truly one-of-a-kind Mohegan Sun, in addition to the positive effects it will have on tourism as a whole in southeastern Connecticut. Kevin “Red Eagle” Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, eluded to this very thing when stating, “This second hotel will increase the business, the excitement, the length per stay and all of those things that matter in our measurable, when it comes to improving tourism in the state of Connecticut. So we’re glad to have this day, have this project and were particularly pleased with our partners with this venture that helped us get to this point, A/Z Construction. We have a ways to go but as you can see, we’re still on time and on schedule!”

Ray Pineault, President and General Manager of Mohegan Sun added that, “Once this final piece of glass is placed on the tower today, we will only be 6 short months away from opening the much needed and much anticipated, 400 additional guest rooms here at Mohegan Sun.  I can say on behalf of our Executive’s, Tribal Council, Mohegan Sun Team Members and so many others that have made this all possible, that it really is one of the more exciting project’s we’ve undertaken here at the property and will really allow for Mohegan Sun to plan further expansions in the future.”

The final piece of glass to be placed on Earth Tower being signed by Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin Brown.

Modeled after the existing Sky Hotel design, the Earth Hotel reflects the Tribe’s sensitivity to the natural landscape and it pays homage to the geological and natural forms present on the property’s riverfront site. The hotel will be connected to the existing property along a scenic walkway connector. A 2,800 square foot outdoor terrace, with canopy coverage of 1,130 square feet, featuring fire pits, a grill station and bar service is planned for the ground level of the tower as well.

The Earth Tower is projected to have created 1,000 construction and permanent jobs, as well as 1,200 indirect jobs.

Beginning July 1st, reservations for late fall will be available! For more information, please visit: Earth Tower

Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) out of New York is the architectural firm of record. KPF was also the master architect for Mohegan Sun’s existing 1,200-room Sky Hotel which opened in 2002.  A/Z Corporation, with headquarters locally in North Stonington, Connecticut, is the general contractor leading the project and has a long history of having completed various projects at Mohegan Sun.

About Mohegan Sun: Owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 75 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on facebook.com/mohegansun, follow us on twitter.com/mohegansun, Instagram @mohegansun and view us on youtube.com/mohegansunvideos.