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Snow Hurts Casinos

1 March 2005

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "No hunting for a free space in the parking garage. No long lines at the buffet. No shoulder-to-shoulder "intimacy" with other players at the craps table and no long wait for a jackpot payout from a slot machine attendant.

"If it's snowing, odds are good that thousands of customers will stay away from Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, making the properties open playgrounds for those who brave the slick roads.

"Snow is not good for the casinos' bottom lines, and executives at both properties said bad weather in January, particularly the mid-month blizzard, was responsible for rare year-over-year drops in slot machine revenue.

"…Both casinos are open perpetually whatever the weather, so there is almost no such thing as a 'snow day' for their thousands of employees.

"…Snowy weather is stressful for casino employees who don't like to drive in bad weather and can cause child care nightmares for parents because schools tend to cancel classes as soon as the first flake flies. Bad weather can be a good thing, however, for those who like to work overtime and are up for an adventure. Foxwoods provided hotel rooms for employees who were willing to work multiple shifts during the January storm. Mohegan Sun set up cots in its arena skyboxes, since its hotel was fully booked as a result of the Winefest event."

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