FanDuel Joins Forces With Mohegan Gaming For Connecticut Online Sports Betting

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FanDuel gained access to the Connecticut sports betting market by partnering with the Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment on Wednesday.

The agreement, which is pending the required regulatory approvals, will bring retain and internet sports betting as well as iGaming and daily fantasy sports offering to the Mohegan Tribe’s flagship Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Said Ray Pineault, President & CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.:

“We’re excited to work with FanDuel, one of the leading sports-tech entertainment companies in the U.S. to bring the brand’s innovative sports betting and iGaming solutions to Mohegan Sun Connecticut. Our partnership is a priority for Mohegan Digital, as we look to grow and enhance our casino, sportsbook and online operations in Connecticut – and beyond. We’re confident that FanDuel will deliver a best-in-class digital and in-person experience for our loyal guests.”

Temporary Retail FanDuel Sportsbook

Wednesday’s deal included the establishment of a temporary retail FanDuel sportsbook at the Mohegan Sun. The makeshift sportsbook will have four live-betting windows and 16 self-service betting terminals. A permanent retail shop at the casino grounds is expected to be completed during winter, pending approvals.

With the temporary shop, sports bettors and fans across the state can access FanDuel’s industry-leading online and mobile betting products. Additionally, FanDuel will provide an online casino experience under the Mohegan Sun brand and will also operate daily fantasy sports across the state.

Pending Approval of Tribal Contracts

Sports betting will not go live in Connecticut until the compact between the state and the tribe isn’t approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The approval could take as long as 135 days but as we saw with Arizona recently, which was approved within a month, it could be faster.

Connecticut’s recently passed sports betting law requires DFS operators to be tethered to an entity with a master sports wagering license. The country’s top two leading DFS companies received their provisional license last July 1st and FanDuel was quick to team up with the Mohegan group to position itself for the Connecticut launch.

The Mohegan Sun Will Host College Basketball Next Month

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The NBA Finals wrapped up just a few weeks ago. That doesn’t mean the sport of basketball is coming to a standstill, though. There are a number of major college tournaments scheduled to take place throughout November and December. Today, news broke that the Mohegan Sun will host college basketball tournaments inside a bubble.

Many believe the NBA was able to successfully hold its season because it kept players inside a bubble. Officials at the Mohegan Sun believe this casino is the perfect venue to protect players. Now is the perfect time to talk about what exactly will be taking place here.

Let’s get into it!

Basketball Betting is More Popular in 2020 Than Ever Before

The popularity of the NBA has been increasing rapidly for the past two decades. In recent years, more people around the US have been betting on this league, as well. As many already know, there are a huge number of amazing basketball betting sites available throughout the country.

Bovada is widely-considered to be one of the best online sportsbooks in the US right now. It launched in 2011 and is known for offering its members a wide range of amazing sports betting odds and great promotions. There are many different basketball wagers available through this website.

Obviously, NBA betting is the most popular. Bovada allows you to bet on every game of the regular season and playoffs. It even offers future odds on the NBA Championship months before it is scheduled to take place.

College basketball betting is also hugely popular nowadays. That’s especially true during March Madness. This tournament always ends up bringing a massive surge in revenue for the online sportsbooks around the country.

Both the NBA and college basketball have seen their schedules move around this year. There are now several major college tournaments scheduled to take place over the next few months.

It appears we have a location set for these tournaments. Let’s talk about where these events will be held.

Here’s How The Mohegan Sun Will Host College Basketball Tournaments Next Month

Connecticut is home to a number of world-class casino-resorts. Perhaps none is as popular as the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. This gambling property opened up in 1996 and is thought to be one of the best casinos on the East Coast.

2020 hasn’t been easy for this property. Back in mid-March, the Mohegan Sun was forced to close down. Thousands of employees were either furloughed or laid off. Finally, on June 1st, this hotel-casino opened back up.

News recently broke that the Mohegan Sun will host college basketball beginning in late November. The owners of this venue have come to a new agreement with both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Gazelle Group. These groups are known for holding major college basketball tournaments each year.

There will soon be a “pod” of games being held inside this property. All players will be kept in a bubble during the tournaments. That shouldn’t be too much of an issue, as the Mohegan Sun is one of the biggest casino-resorts on the East Coast.

Rick Giles, the president of the Gazelle Group, is already happy with the cooperation and believes these tournaments will run smoothly.

“We’ve been able to combine and leverage both our organizations and strengths to create something bigger than what we originally had,” Giles said. “I don’t know if either organization individually could have pulled off what we’re about to do next month.” 

It will be interesting to see how these tournaments are held. It won’t be long before odds on the games become available through Bovada. Stay tuned for updates!

Connecticut’s Casino Industry is Still Struggling

Connecticut is a small state home to less than 4 million people. Interestingly, it has one of the most successful casino industries on the East Coast. Like all other states in the area, Connecticut has seen its gaming revenue fall dramatically in 2020.

As we just mentioned, the Mohegan Sun opened back up in June. The Foxwoods Casino-Resort opened that same month. Not long ago, new reports surfaced that show slot revenue inside these venues is falling.

The Mohegan Sun posted revenue losses for the months of August and September. Foxwoods saw losses in July, August, and September. This isn’t much of a surprise when you consider the regulations set in place, though.

As of now, these venues are only operating at 25% capacity. This is making it very difficult for the casino industry here to thrive. Fortunately, analysts predict that things will improve over the next year.

Gaming analyst Adam McLaren claims that revenue from Connecticut’s casinos will jump by 45% in 2021. Allowing more guests in is expected to help to increase the revenue here. We’ll continue offering more updates over the next few months.

Are you excited to hear the Mohegan Sun will host college basketball next month? Do you plan to bet on any of the games? Let us know in the comments section below!

Mohegan One Step Closer to Becoming First Tribe to Operate in Vegas

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Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment received a unanimous recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. The recommendation moves Mohegan one step closer to becoming the first tribe to operate a Las Vegas casino.

Deal to Operate Former Hard Rock Las Vegas

It can be recalled that in September of last year, Mohegan announced that it had struck a deal to operate the gambling site at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The deal is contingent on the renovation and the regulatory approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The remodeling of the property began last February and continued even with the COVID-19 pandemic as construction was deemed as essential business. It is anticipated to finish on time. Meanwhile, the Nevada Gaming Commission is expected to meet on October 22 to consider the recommendation of the Control Board.

JC Hospitality, the owners of the Las Vegas casino property, will serve as the landlord. JC Hospitality has also called on Virgin Hotels to manage and operate the property’s 1,110 guest rooms, which will become part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The property also brought in AEG Presents to assume the management, operations, and bookings for The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.New casino general manager Joe Hasson also said that celebrity chefs will be sought to operate its restaurants.

Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

The renovated Las Vegas casino will be rebranded as the Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas and is expected to open on January 15, 2021. According to Hasson, the Mohegan brand won’t appear in the building but the electronic signage outside the property will market the brand name.

The new casino will not have a poker room and the proposed sports book which will be operated by Betfred USA Sports isn’t expected to be up and running when the Las Vegas casino opens in January. GM Hasson said that they are still going through the process of securing a license.

About Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is the business enterprise of the Mohegan Indian tribe of Connecticut. They currently manage the gaming operations for Resorts Atlantic casino, the Fallsview Casino on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls, Indian casinos in Washington state and Louisiana, and its flagship Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville and Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania.

Aside from expanding in Las Vegas, Mohegan has also set its sights on international gaming. It is currently developing a $5B resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea which is targeted to open in late 2022. It also has a bid for a potential integrated resort license on the former Hellenikon International Airport near Athens in Greece.

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Are Coming Together

Lawmakers in Connecticut have been working to legalize and regulate sports betting for years. Now, it appears that CT’s sports betting laws are nearly set in place. This week, Governor Ned Lamont endorsed a bill that allows for this form of gambling to take place in the state.Ned Lamont

Not everyone is happy about this, though. The Mohegan Tribe has already voiced its disapproval with Lamont’s support for the new bill. Today, we’re going to take a look at what exactly is going on here.

Let’s get into it!

New Gambling Bills Continue to Pop Up in Connecticut

Connecticut is a small state, home to just 3.5 million individuals. Nowadays, it’s considered very liberal when it comes to the gambling industry. Most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here, including casino gambling.

Only tribal casinos are able to operate in Connecticut. The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino are both popular gambling venues here. For years, tribal leaders in this state have pushed to open a new casino in East Windsor. It’s unclear whether or not this new venue will be able to open anytime soon.

The discussion around sports betting has been raging here for years, as well. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court removed PASPA, giving every state the ability to regulate sports gambling. More than 20 states have since done so, and most are earning a huge amount of revenue from this industry each month.

Several sports betting bills have been presented in Connecticut over the past few years. This includes several new ones put forward at the beginning of the year. One favors the Native American tribes in the state. The other is more favorable to the state’s non-tribal gambling operators.

This week, Governor Ned Lamont voiced his approval for one of these bills. Unsurprisingly, the decision has generated massive controversy. Here’s who’s now complaining.

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Endorsed by Lamont Angers Tribes

Ned Lamont has been studying the sports betting bills presented here for years. He hasn’t made it easy for the proponents of this new industry. Part of the reason for this hesitation to approve CT’s sports betting laws was the state’s Native American tribes claiming they should be given exclusive rights to offer sports gambling options.

At the moment, the state’s tribes are the only groups with permission to operate casino gambling options in Connecticut. This gives them significant power. These tribes help to bring the state millions of dollars every year via taxes.

Connecticut’s tribes presented a sports betting bill early this year that would only allow for sports wagers to be placed inside tribal casinos. Other lawmakers set forward a bill that would allow for the tribes, the Connecticut Lottery, and Sportech the right to offer sports gambling options.

On Tuesday, Ned Lamont endorsed the second bill. The state’s tribes were not pleased. Max Reiss, Lamont’s communication director, commented on the decision to the media this week.

“The governor is committed to a fair resolution that brings Connecticut’s gaming economy into the 21st century,” he said. “He wants to sign a sports betting bill into law over the next few months.” 

Some analysts now believe the tribes here will challenge the decision in court. If that happens, it may be some time before any sports betting regulations are set in place here.

Online Gambling Continues to Grow in Connecticut

Connecticut’s gambling industry is in an unusual place right now. As we just mentioned, lawmakers in the state and tribal leaders are battling over sports betting regulations. The tribes here are also working hard to open new casinos.

In recent years, the popularity of online gambling in Connecticut has grown considerably. This industry remains unregulated in this state. Fortunately, there are no laws in CT that claim it’s illegal to make wagers online.

One site that’s grown hugely popular is Bovada. This site is known to be one of the best online sportsbooks in the US. It offers a huge number of betting options and a safe, simple payment system.

Bovada also provides some fantastic casino gambling options. There are hundreds of slots available and all major table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps.

Hopefully, CT’s sports betting laws are agreed to by lawmakers and tribal leaders. Until that happens, the best way to place sports wagers here is through online betting sites.

It’s a very interesting time for this state’s gaming industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

7th Annual BBQ Fest Announced by Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun is preparing once again to attract barbecue lovers from all over the world who will have an opportunity to enjoy this unusual festival. If you consider yourself a foodie, and you fall in love with barbecue more often than with people, then you should definitely consider this a romantic festival, as it will contain a lot of food, hand-crafted cocktails, cold beer, and more. To put a cherry on the top of this barbecue cake, there will be live music and many other interesting events that will follow up the festival which will take place for the 7th time in Mohegan Sun.

So, what can one exactly do at such a festival? Well, first of all, you can always enjoy food, and even take a sample bite from the People’s Choice Competition in order to find your favorite barbecue. There will be many barbecue teams from all over the US who will compete in order to win the prize for the best BBQ. Tough competition is expected once again, as it will be very difficult to decide who makes the best barbecue. Furthermore, there will be an annual Wing and Rib Competition which brings a lot of meat lovers to one place.

There will also be a professional barbecue competition which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. 50 teams are expected in total, and there will be $25,000 which will be given as prize money to the best barbecue teams in the US.

The entire event will take place on June 1 and 2 in the Winter Parkin Lot of the Mohegan Sun. If you happen to get tired of eating barbecue, you can always check out other types of entertainment offered by the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort, such as numerous interesting casino games, spa, restaurants, golf games, and more.

If you are interested in visiting this event, you should take into account that ticket prices will be charged either $5.00 per day of $8.00 for the entire weekend. They are on sale at the moment at Mohegan Sun Box Office. However, kids who are six or under will receive free admission. Furthermore, admission tickets and an additional $1 tickets for food and drinks will be charged at the entrance of the festival.

If you are interested in taking part in the People’s Choice Contest, you will have an opportunity to rate 20 BBQ teams who are all part of the Kansas City BBQ Society. All teams will offer samples of their work which you can try for $2.00 all weekend long. Once you try them all, you will be able to vote for what you think was the best barbecue in the festival. All visitors will be able to vote from Saturday 11 am to Sunday 3 pm after which the winners will be announced at 4 pm.

We also mentioned the Rib and Wing Challenges, where you will have an opportunity to taste up to five ribs and wings for $5.00 and vote for your favorite option. Liberty Bank will present the winners of this competition on Saturday before the firework show begins.

The fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm and live music will be on the Main Stage during the entire weekend to keep the party going on. Therefore, if you happen to be nearby on June 1 and 2, make sure to drop by as there will be a lot of things to do as a part of this big BBQ festival that happens for the seventh consecutive year.

Peter Frampton Finale at Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut

Legendary guitar player Peter Frampton will perform with his band, the Peter Frampton Finale, at Mohegan Sun Arena on September 2, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is a part of the tour which is called The Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening presented by SiriusXM.

If you are interested in watching this show, you can buy tickets starting on Friday, March 1, with the lowest price being $39, and the highest being $59. The tickets could be obtained via the platform called Ticketmaster. You can either log in online or call them in order to buy a ticket. Furthermore, people who live nearby will be able to buy the tickets for the show at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, starting March 2 at 10 a.m.

Apart from Peter Frampton and his band, the son of the late legendary drummer of Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, will also be a part of this performance. Jason Bonham has inherited a huge talent from his father who is considered the best rock drummer of all time.

Peter Frampton Is a Living Legend

Peter Frampton is a name which is often associated with two bands — Humble Pie and The Heard. However, Frampton became one of the most influential rock guitarists only after he had left his “group” career and decided to devote to his solo projects.

The first album he made as a solo artist was named Frampton Comes Alive, which sold eight million copies and was an instant success. This was pretty unusual at the time since it was a live album. After that, he continued on releasing successful albums and has collaborated with numerous other stars including Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. Furthermore, Frampton also worked with or toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, and more. At one point, he was the leader of the Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus which included many famous artists such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Larry Carlton, Don Felder, Dan DeLeo, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, and many others.

Some of the popular songs that Frampton wrote include “I’m in You,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” “Show Me the Way,” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.” These remained classic hits on many radios focused on rock music to date. Furthermore, Frampton also participated in a couple of TV shows and appeared as himself in Family Guy and The Simpsons.

This amazing talent and legendary artist has also won numerous accolades for his work. Recently, he has received the “Les Paul Innovation” Award which was given to him at the 2019 NAMM Show’s 34th annual TEC Awards.

Apart from being an amazing musician, Frampton is also a great colleague who respects other talented musicians, and one of them is the late singer Chris Cornell. Frampton was a part of the group called “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,” with whom he toured and actively performed in order to pay tribute to one of the best vocals in rock history.

Sadly, the reason why Peter Frampton has named this tour “The Farewell Tour” is due to the fact that he has received a diagnosis of inclusion body myositis. This is a disorder which causes muscle inflammation, weakness and eventual atrophy. In other words, people who enjoy classic rock, blues and guitar spectacles will have the last opportunity to see this amazing artist perform and Mohegan Sun Arena at Connecticut is one of his stops where he will say goodbye to his fans and rock followers!