Hosts Charlie Villanueva inside the Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook this Saturday

The former all-time great for the Huskies will meet & greet with fans on the same night his alma mater takes on Miami for a bid into the Championship game; ESPN’s Gordon Damer is also live inside the Sportsbook from 3:00pm-6:00pm

WHAT:, which is Mohegan’s iGaming platform equipped with hundreds of online casino games, is set to host a special event this Saturday, featuring former Huskies basketball star Charlie Villanueva. Villanueva, an all-time great for UConn who went on to play 11 seasons in the pros, will join fans inside the 11,000 square-foot Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook for a special meet & greet. The event is scheduled for 5:15pm and this appearance was made possible through Mohegan’s partnership with FanDuel! In addition to Villanueva’s M&G, ESPN’s Gordon Damer will also be broadcasting live from the Sportsbook from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

WHERE/WHEN: Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook | Saturday, April 1st from 3-6pm followed by a night of exciting semi-final college basketball | Charlie Villanueva M&G: 5:15pm – 6:15pm

IN DETAIL: In addition to the live broadcast and meet & greet with Charlie Villanueva this Saturday, the beer special at Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook will be Two Conn Easy Ale by Two Roads Brewing. Reservations (subject to availability) for the afternoon and evening can also be made at

(9) FAU vs. (5) San Diego State tips-off at 6:09pm and (4) UConn vs. (5) Miami will tip-off at 8:49pm. Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook is also home to a full dining menu and drink menu featuring popular offerings like the Nashville Chicken Sandwich and the Jesus Shuttlesworth mixed drink (Knob Creek Rye Mohegan Sun Series 1, Fruitful Blackberry liqueur, lime sour and Fever-Tree ginger beer).

ABOUT CHARLIE VILLANUEVA: Charlie Villanueva was a major part of the UConn men’s 2nd national title in 2004, a year in which he also led the team in scoring and averaged 8+ rebounds per game. UConn voted Villanueva team MVP in 2004 as well, and the star Power Forward was also second-team All-Big East that year. Drafted by the Toronto Raptors ahead of the 2005-06 season, Villanueva would go on to have a long career in the pros after being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. His best year in the NBA was the 2008-09 season where he averaged 16.2 points to go along with nearly 7 rebounds per game.

ABOUT MOHEGAN: Mohegan is the owner, developer and manager of premier entertainment resorts in the United States, Canada, and Northern Asia. Mohegan’s U.S. operations include resorts in Connecticut, Washington, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada; Canadian operations are based in Niagara Falls; and Mohegan Inspire is located in Incheon, South Korea. The brand’s iGaming division, Mohegan Digital, provides cutting-edge online gaming solutions to Mohegan’s loyal fan base and meets the digital needs of customers on a global scale. Mohegan Digital launched and associated smartphone apps in Connecticut on October 19, 2021.  The platform offers hundreds of online casino games and industry leading promotions. To download the real-money casino app, visit, iOS or Google Play. For more information on Mohegan and its properties, please visit

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Tickets to Football’s Biggest Sunday are up for Grabs with Mohegan Sun’s Tailgate & Tickets Giveaway

A same-game parlay wager placed inside Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook will guarantee weekly tailgate prizes and an entry into the grand prize drawing

One lucky football fan is a wager away from the trip of a lifetime, courtesy of the Tailgate and Tickets Giveaway. Now through Monday, December 26th, any guest who visits Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook and places a $50 same-game parlay (SGP) with 400+ odds or longer will receive the tailgate prize of the week and one entry into the grand prize drawing. Prizes include a five-piece mug set, a cooler with speakers and a lawn chair, and those who wager once a week will earn the entire tailgating set! On Monday, January 9th, one winner will be selected to receive a free trip for two to Arizona for pro-football’s championship game on Sunday, February 12th, complete with airfare and accommodations.

A SGP that is required for entry into the Tailgate and Tickets Giveaway is a type of wager that allows bettors to combine multiple bets from the same game in a single parlay. Guests must be 21+ to place wagers and participate in the giveaway.

Guests who stop at Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook to participate in the Tailgate and Tickets Giveaway can also feast on the ultimate game day fare. Fan favorites include the Brotherly Love Philly Cheesesteak, Kickoff Chicken Wings and the Empty Net Nachos. Finish the meal on a sweet note with the Buzzer Beater Fried PB&J Duet, and for those who are feeling extra adventurous, try the brand-new Blue Powerade Margarita for $5. Every Monday – Thursday during football season, guests can also enjoy $4 domestic draft beer. For the complete menu and more details on specials, promos and upcoming events, visit

Additionally — On Sunday, October 9th, Sportsbook guests have the opportunity to participate in a watch party and put their football skills to the test at Combine skills showdown that will include Accuracy Kick, QB Challenge and the Vertical Jump! For more information visit or stop by the Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook, open daily through midnight, and through 1:00am Friday + Saturday.


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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

Mohegan Sun to Host Michael Buffer, Larry Holmes, Chris Hogan, Dan Koppen and more for a Grand Opening Celebration of the new Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook

WHAT: The all-new 11,000 square foot multi-level Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook will host a Grand Opening celebration, open to the public, on Saturday, March 5th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. This Grand Opening party will be a star studded affair, bringing together the world-renowned ring announcer, Michael Buffer, former Heavyweight champion, Larry Holmes, former New England Patriot linemen, Max “Big Country” Lane and Dan Koppen as well as stand-out NFL wide receiver Chris Hogan, who played on the championship winning 2017 New England Patriots.

A special parade is also set to kick the festivities off, traveling from Sky Tower hotel lobby to the new sportsbook, beginning at 6:30pm. At 7:00pm, a champagne toast MC’d by Michael Buffer, alongside officials from Mohegan Sun and FanDuel, will take place to officially launch the Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook, which also just opened a full drink + dining menu and a high stakes Race Book section. Guests will be able to wager on the biggest games that night, as well as enter to win great prizes like a signed Derek Jeter baseball, a signed Aaron Rodgers football and more.

WHEN & WHERE:   Saturday, March 5th from 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook located in Casino of the Earth

WHO:  Mohegan Sun President & GM, Jeff Hamilton | Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook GM, Brad Bryant | FanDuel CMO, Mike Raffensperger | Michael Buffer | Former NFL player, Chris Hogan |Former Heavyweight Champion, Larry Holmes |Former NFL player, Max Lane | Former NFL Pro Bowl Center, Dan Koppen| DJAE Melee |Additional special guests

IN DETAIL:  The Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the of the largest FanDuel Sportsbook’s in the United States, checking in at 11,000 square-feet and featuring luxury seating for more than 200 people, an incredible 140-foot Hi-Def video wall, six cashier windows and 39 easy-to-use betting kiosks available 24/7 for a variety of sports betting opportunities on all major sports like NCAA Basketball, NBA, MLB, MMA, Boxing, NHL and much more.

Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook also rolled out a full dining menu on February 28th, offering Philly cheese steaks, pizza, tacos, wings, nachos and a variety of specialty burgers (including Impossible™ Burger options).  The drink menu includes highlights like the “Shooter McGavin” (Basil Hayden bourbon, Proof white peach syrup, lemon sour and black tea), the “Jesus Shuttlesworth” (Knob Creek Rye Mohegan Sun Series 1, Fruitful Blackberry liqueur, lime sour and Fever-Tree ginger beer). Craft beer favorites include the likes of Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Cisco Brewers, UFO, Outer Light Brewing Company and plenty more.

The Grand Opening event on March 5th celebrates the completion of this exciting new sportsbook, which has created 120 new jobs. The Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook will roll in this new era of casino resort sports betting with the one-and-only, Michael Buffer, alongside a collective of some of the biggest names in sports, past and present.

Guests  21+ can experience the ceremony beginning at 7:00pm and then enter to win prizes that will be given away every 20 minutes through 10:00pm. Prizes include a signed Chris Paul basketball, a signed Derek Jeter baseball, a signed Aaron Rodgers football and more. Additionally, a very special guest is slated to make an appearance just after the festivities begin. DJAE Melee, one of New England’s best, will be spinning throughout the evening.  For more information, click HERE.

*Media interested in a tour of the new Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook this week for coverage opportunities ahead of this Grand Opening event can reach out to PR Manager, Cody Chapman, at [email protected]. Credential requests for the Grand Opening on March 5th can also be submitted to Mohegan Sun PR via the above email.