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Mohegan Tribe went to South Korea to discuss potential casino

The Seven Luck Casino in Seoul, South Korea. Photo from Grand Korea Leisure

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is in talks for a potential casino near Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Chairman Kevin Brown and Mario Kontomerkos, the chief financial officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority went to Seoul and met with gaming interests there, The New London Day reported. But no deal has been made.

“We did make a visit to Korea and had discussions,” Bobby Soper, a tribal member who serves as CEO of the MTGA, told the paper. “What we discussed is confidential … It’s a bit preliminary.”

The Day talked to the tribe after news reports from Korea and Asia indicated a deal was already in place. But the company that was identified in the reports -- Grand Korea Leisure, which operates the foreigners-only Seven Luck Casino -- denied a partnership.

“We’re looking at all opportunities outside the U.S.,” Soper told the paper. “None that I can comment on at this time.”

The tribe operates the Mohegan Sun casino on its reservation in Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun Pocono, a commercial facility, in Pennsylvania.

Get the Story:
Mohegans talking to Koreans about resort casino near Seoul (The New London Day 4/16)
GKL, Mohegan Sun to partner for Incheon casino: report (GGRAsia 4/15)
GKL denies reports on Casino deal (The Korea Times 4/15)