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Celebration opens Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

18 July 2008

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- This morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs officially opened the doors of its new $208 million gaming and entertainment complex. At 9:30am, Bobby Soper, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomed a crowd of eager players and kicked off a grand opening ceremony. The festivities included a Mohegan Tribe ritual Smudge Pot Ceremony, four world champion parachutists carrying a 500 square foot banner, and the Color Guard of the Pennsylvania National Guard 109th Field Artillery Battalion of Wilkes-Barre.

Mr. Soper used the opportunity to express his gratitude to the state of Pennsylvania, and the surrounding community of Northeastern Pennsylvania, "This day is possible due in large part to the spirit of cooperation and commitment by the community of North Eastern Pennsylvania. This is really is your casino."

With 55,000 square feet of new gaming space hosting 2,500 slot and electronic virtual table games, many new to Pennsylvania, the new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers players unparalleled opportunities for gaming success.

Pennsylvania's first casino is the first in the Commonwealth to offer games that are new to the market including: Wheel of Fortune Multi Level Progressive, Diamond Jackpots, Red Hottie, Press your Luck/Monopoly (community games,) GameMaker, Bonus Frenzy, Spin & Win, Bagpipe Bonus, Quick Hit 5 level Progressive, Power Progressive, All About Money, Anything But Six, Super Times Pay, Golden Gate Artic Fox, Dean Martin, Ruby Ring and Houdini.

Mohegan Sun machines utilize the latest in coinless ticket in-ticket out technology providing convenience while permitting wagers from one cent to $100. At the center of the casino the bright and spacious Sunburst Bar offers 33 video poker multi-game machines. There is also a High Limit Room for those who wish to make wagers of Five to $100 and a "High Rollers VIP Lounge."

Visitors to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will also find 300 slot and electronic virtual table games across the bridge to what was Phase One of the complex.

The new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs brings to the region previously unavailable culinary choices including the regional debut of Ruth's Chris Steak House, a premier name in fine dining, regarded by many as the best steakhouse in the country.

Another stellar entree on the restaurant roster is Rustic Kitchen Bistro and Bar, a unique food and entertainment attraction offering an Italian Mediterranean-themed menu and a live television cooking presentation studio presenting daily shows called "In the Kitchen" hosted by Mountain Top, PA native and cooking show celebrity chef, Kate Gabriele.

Bar Louie is a casually cool neighborhood-flavored restaurant and bar wildly popular for its signature sandwiches, wine bar and handcrafted martinis. Bar Louie features a large selection of uniquely prepared appetizers, deluxe burgers and hearty entrees at prices that won't break the bank. Warm surroundings with an urban feel are further brought to life with live entertainment at least three nights a week.

In an intimate, hip setting offering contemporary design you'll find the freshest sushi at Pearl Sushi Bar, exuding an atmosphere that might only be expected in the finest settings in Manhattan or Los Angeles.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs pays tribute to the cultural heritage of the Mohegan Tribe in the 300 seat Timbers Buffet offering an almost unlimited presentation of diverse food options for lunch and dinner. Tribal history and culture will be on display in the unique design and finishes, as will delicious food from diverse styles in a nearly endless series of stations.

Located on a two-hundred-year-old Bucks County, Pennsylvania estate, less than a mile from Washington's 1776 crossing of the Delaware, Crossing Vineyards and Winery has crafted an impressive history of its own by winning numerous medals and accolades from the wine industry. Crossing Vineyards 'fruits of the vine' are showcased at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop.

Crossing Vineyards produces four distinct tiers of wine from the finest Pennsylvania grapes that are processed within hours of harvesting to ensure quality. To complement Crossing Vineyards premium wines, West Pittston, Pennsylvania's igourmet.com will offer imported specialty gourmet food products in the shop along with their complete line of exquisite gift baskets.

A highlight of the Sky Food Court is Johnny Rockets, part of an international retro diner-style restaurant chain, providing the food and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. Other eateries include Puck Express by Wolfgang Puck, super-premium Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, the Hot Dog Hall of Fame and a Betty & Joe's Coffee House and Bakery.

Bar offerings are headlined by the Sunburst Bar, located in the center of the casino. The place to see and be seen, Sunburst Bar offers the latest in video poker machines at the bar area along with table seating. Breakers, meanwhile, is a bar that will shake things up, with live bands playing current hit music, stunning bartenders who serve drinks and periodically get up on the bar to dance and large screen televisions for sporting events.

The new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs includes 7,000 square feet of retail space occupied by such quality shops as Brookstone, Marshall Rousso women's couture, men's fine apparel boutique Misura, Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop, Reflections and MOGO, the Mohegan Sun logo and souvenir shop.

For more than 30 years, Marshall Rousso has ensured that women, who want to look dazzling, are beautifully dressed. From glamorous evening wear to hip casual clothing, Marshall Rousso offers remarkable styles to women who appreciate being noticed. Marshall Rousso also offers a wide assortment of stylish accessories, including an extensive collection of handbags and an impressive selection of footwear from such designers as Beverly Feldman, Mia, Betsey Johnson, and Kathy Van Zeeland.

Specializing in exceptional tailoring for men with impeccable taste, fine apparel boutique Misura offers a remarkable selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from some of the most desired designers in men's fashion, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, Calvin Klein, LaCoste and Cole Haan.

Reflections, a jewelry store of contemporary styles for men and women, offers the latest in jewelry of all shapes and gems, plus fine watches from top designers.

The best way to access the amenities at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is to use the Players Club loyalty card. Now the most valuable gaming card in the Commonwealth, inserting this card in any slot machine or virtual table games earns points, which are good for reduced pricing or complimentary offers which can be redeemed at every restaurant or retail shop in the new property.

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