Mohegan Leaving Atlantic City, Concluding its Partnership with Resorts Hotel Casino

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The Connecticut-based tribal casino operator, Mohegan, recently announced that its operational partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is coming to a close.

It remains unknown who will fill the hole that Mohegan will leave. Thankfully for fans of Mohegan, the brand will continue to operate resorts until December 2024.

Mohegan’s Impact on Atlantic City

In 2012, only two years after the property was acquired by Bailey and the late Dennis Gomes for $31.5 million, Mohegan purchased a 10% ownership stake in the resort, effectively becoming a part of the management infrastructure of one of the oldest casinos and resorts in Atlantic City. The casino was also the first Atlantic City casino run by a Native American tribe.

Around this time, as a result of the 2012 recession, five Atlantic City casinos and hotels were forced to shut down. All the while, Mohegan’s guidance and leadership kept the resort profitable and secure.

“We entered into a management agreement with Mohegan at a time when Resorts faced many operational, economic, and market challenges. Mohegan brought stability and direction to Resorts by helping to assemble a stellar management team that will remain in place. We are happy that, with Mohegan’s help, Resorts has reached a point where it is able to operate independently.” Said resort owner, Morris Bailey.

The death of Dennis Gomes, co-owner and executive gambling director, left the resort without the valuable experience he had. One of the first decisions Mohegan and Bailey made as a team was bringing on Mark Giannantonio as chief executive officer and president in January 2013.

Giannantonio said in a press release: “I want to thank Ray and the leadership team at Mohegan for the outstanding partnership over the past decade. As we embark on this new chapter, the Resorts team is committed to continuing to provide what we have become known for, an exciting innovative casino resort whose team members deliver unparalleled service and an exceptional customer experience.”

Giannantonio assures guests that when they visit, they can expect everything to be the same.

What the Future Holds for Mohegan
“We’re extremely proud of our relationship with Resorts Casino Hotel and what we have helped accomplish,” said Ray Pineault, president and CEO of Mohegan. “We want to express our deepest gratitude to our Resorts team members, guests, and the Atlantic City community for their support and dedication throughout our tenure as manager.”

According to the press release, Mohegan will maintain a 10% stake in the company.

Although the reason for withdrawing from the hotel management is unclear, Mohegan will carry on operating its official online casino brand, Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun has five levels of the Stellar Awards program. The highest being, the Eclipse level. Players in New Jersey can trade their reward points for luxury meals or a stay in Atlantic City hotels. It also offers various promotions for players, this includes a daily free spin.

More on the Company and its History
In 1996 in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun became one of the largest casinos in the world. But it was more than just a casino, it was an entertainment destination, integrating various elements like dining, professional sports, shopping, and area-sized shows.

Following this success, Mohegan continued to bring this experience across the United States to places like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington, Niagara Falls, and Las Vegas. Mohegan hasn’t stopped there. In November 2023, they launched INSPIRE, a large-scale resort in Incheon, South Korea.

While each Mohegan destination is different, the common denominator is Mohegan’s vision: “to transcend gaming while transforming entertainment into a more immersive and exhilarating experience.”

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