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Foxwoods and MGM Grand see gain in slots

18 May 2009

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods today reported to the Connecticut State Division of Special Revenue that the property took in a net gain of $57.5 million in slot machine gaming revenue. This amount represents a nominal decrease of 0.8 percent in slot win and an increase of 1.3% in total slot handle compared to April of 2008, bucking the trend in the casino industry as a whole. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the casino's owner, also reported a $14.3 million payment to the State of Connecticut for April of 2009. This contribution increases the total dollar amount given to the State of Connecticut to more than $2.93 billion since January of 1993, when slot machines were first introduced at Foxwoods.

"I am thrilled with our recent results, and proud to see that the enhancements and additional amenities we have added to our property are resonating with our customers," said Michael Speller, President of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises (MPGE). "I credit our signature Foxwoods Five-Star(R) Service for this, and am confident that all the exciting new dining, entertainment and gaming options will ensure our guests enjoy an unmatched entertainment experience."

The results report comes on the heels of bold new initiatives at Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods. In addition to an ongoing commitment to providing signature Foxwoods Five-Star(R) service standards, fresh and exciting entertainment options and brand new accommodations give patrons even more reason to visit the award-winning property. The resort offers the highest quality gaming entertainment with a sensational lineup of new options including Wide Area Progressive slot machines, six state-of-the-art casinos, "Match the Dealer" side bets at all blackjack tables, as well as "Foxwoods Fun Play" free internet games. The most recent improvement is the addition of twenty four new table games, expanding full-service gaming options in the Great Cedar Casino. Additionally, the property recently added more than 115,000 square feet of meeting space including the latest in technological innovations designed to ensure that the region's meeting industry has access to state of the art business facilities.

Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods' wide array of culinary options will become even more diverse with several new exciting additions on the horizon including: The Scorpion Bar Mexican Cantina, a sultry lounge meets Mexican cantina; Veranda Cafe, a resplendent dining area boasting three new upscale buffet stations, including a "made to order" section; Burke in the Box, a casual burger and grinder concept built on value and freshness; and Dunkin' Donuts, the East Coast's favorite coffee shop. Existing dining selections at the property, including the gourmet four-diamond Paragon restaurant, Alta Strada, Craftsteak, Juniors, Gelato Cafe, David Burke Prime and SHRINE Asian Kitchen, Lounge and Nightclub satisfy the desires of everyone from the casual to the upscale diner.

In addition to the plethora of dining and nightlife selections, Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods boasts first-rate entertainment venues that feature a variety of world-class entertainment options. Upcoming shows include Diana Ross, Yanni, Gloria Estefan, Sting, Big & Rich, and Crosby, Stills and Nash to name just a few.

Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods recently announced several all-star additions to its summer-long entertainment line-up. The resort is proud to present the new stage spectacle "Cirque Illumination," the world renowned Bodies Exhibition, and "Legends in Concert," the longest running tribute show that features live re-creations of yesterday's and today's superstars.

The resort casino also features the Lake of Isles -- two award-winning golf courses that surround a pristine, picturesque lake and offer guests the ultimate golf experience. Voted #1 in the state of Connecticut on Golfweek's 2009 list of "America's Best Courses You Can Play," championship tees stretch more than 7,300 yards with multiple tee locations for golfers of every skill level.

Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods also provides guests with unmatched retail therapy with some of the area's finest stores and boutiques including, Pandora Jewelry and Mac Appeal, selling Apple products.

To round off the experience, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Nation provides a superlative intellectual and cultural Native American experience with its Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. The 10-year-young museum, which is endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution, includes life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures, providing an engaging experience for all ages.

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