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Mohegan Tribe wants 'right-sized' commercial casino in New York

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | New York
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Artist's rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun at Concord in New York. Image from Application: Mohegan Sun at The Concord / Concord Kiamesha LLC and Mohegan Gaming New York LLC

The Mohegan Tribe has entered the commercial casino race in New York but don't expect a repeat of what's happening on the reservation in Connecticut.

The tribe wants to build a $550 million casino at the former Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills. The region is about 90 minutes north of New York City and has long been seen as a lucrative gaming market.

But competition is intense. Of the 17 applicants, nine are for projects in the Catskills and that's one reason why the tribe doesn't plan on creating a replica of Mohegan Sun in New York.

"You might figure: Build a bigger casino, you might have a better chance of winning," said Mitchell Grossinger Etess, the CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, told the Associated Press. "But you have to look at the market size. You need the right-sized building that can operate efficiently. There will never be another Mohegan Sun. That's the way the market has shifted."

The New York State Gaming Commission will start hearing the casino proposals this month with the goal of awarding licenses sometime this fall.

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