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Foxwoods Resort Casino kicks off 20th anniversary celebration

1 February 2012

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Since New Year’s Day, Foxwoods Resort Casino has asked “How Big Can You Celebrate?” Now, North America’s largest resort casino plans to commemorate its 20th Anniversary with its biggest celebration ever. Foxwoods is pulling out all the stops in honor of its 20-year milestone, with luxury raffles, property discounts, 20-themed gaming promotions, star-studded events and more.

“It was, and continues to be, a true testament to the strength of the Pequot spirit – a spirit that has allowed us to persevere throughout centuries – and I’m proud to celebrate two decades of success and growth for our award-winning property.”
Even after two decades of success and acclaim, this entertainment powerhouse refuses to rest on its laurels. 2012 marks a new era at Foxwoods, with the unveiling of a new, unrivaled rewards program, a sleek new brand platform and web and mobile enhancements. Foxwoods also will reveal major plans for business development.

“Our mission at Foxwoods is to provide world-class guest experiences and achieve unparalleled excellence as a resort designation and a community partner,” said Scott Butera, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “In this, our 20th Anniversary year, we have raised the bar even higher and are very excited about our celebratory activities and new initiatives, which will keep Foxwoods at the cutting-edge of premier resort entertainment.”

In 1986, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation became a pioneer in the industry with the opening of its gaming hall. In 1992, an expansion to include slot machines and table games began the meteoric rise of Foxwoods Resort Casino. In 2008, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation achieved a new level of luxury, opening the prestigious MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and solidifying its status as a world-class gaming destination.

"Foxwoods Resort Casino was born from the ambitious vision and unwavering commitment of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal members," Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler said. "It was, and continues to be, a true testament to the strength of the Pequot spirit – a spirit that has allowed us to persevere throughout centuries – and I’m proud to celebrate two decades of success and growth for our award-winning property."

Today, Foxwoods is recognized as North America’s largest resort casino; it boasts six casinos with more than 350 table games and 6,400 slot machines, four hotels, 38 dining experiences, 25 retails shops, the largest casino-based poker room, one of the largest bingo halls in the world, two lavish spas, two award-winning golf courses, a comedy club, luxury bowling lanes and more.

The marquee of the celebration is the myriad of 20th Anniversary Raffles, featuring more than $500,000 in luxurious prizes and experiences. Guests will earn entries from slot and table play for their chance to win a brand-new BMW, a Caribbean cruise, Valentine’s Day dinner for two at the James Beard House, a Rolex watch, a one-year Lake of Isles membership, Apple products and a host of other deluxe prizes. Additional ways to enter can be found at The deadline to enter is February 20.

Select restaurants, including the five-diamond Paragon, Cedars, Shrine and others, will also mark the anniversary with $20.20 menu specials from February 1-20. Guests may also enjoy these exclusive menu specials and prices on the 20th of each month throughout 2012. A complete listing of menu specials can be found at

Following the “20” theme, select retail stores, such as Lucky Pair, MacAppeal, Panache, Pavé, Regalia and Swarovski, will feature a 20% discount on select items February 1-20 and on the 20th of every month from March –December. Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy 20% discounts at G-Spa and the Norwich Spa at Foxwoods and on hotel stays.

Foxwoods is also celebrating its first 20 years by rewarding guests with gaming. Dream Rewards members will earn 20% more points on their favorite table games and slots every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Dream Card holders who play $20 on slots will earn $10 free slot play.

On February 15, 2012, the casino’s formal anniversary date, Foxwoods will host its Platinum Anniversary ceremony. Dignitaries, including President Butera, Chairman Butler, Foxwoods and Mashantucket Pequot officials and Tribal elders, will attend this festive celebration of the past, present and future of Foxwoods.

The Platinum Ceremony itself will be a milestone event, as a number of key initiatives will be announced, including a new branding campaign and loyalty program, as well as major news on property development and expansion.

And the stars will keep shining at Foxwoods during the 20th Anniversary celebration. On February 24, 2012, Grammy Award-winning music mogul Diddy will host “The Platinum Party,” an unparalleled line-up of entertainment, featuring a wealth of promotions and giveaways. The MGM Grand Premier Ballroom will be transformed, with aerialists twirling overhead, dancers in platinum body paint, the Northeast’s hottest DJ’s spinning favorite jams, massive video screens and private VIP tables with bottle service. Celebrity guests include rapper Jim Jones and his fiancé Chrissy Lampkin, of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop.” The Platinum Party promises to be an over-the-top celeb-filled bash!

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