The operator of the Mohegan Sun properties will oversee the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s gaming, hospitality and entertainment consulting services, beginning April 30. The Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority (TBGA), the tribe’s unincorporated governmental agency, owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. The authority retained the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority — the enterprise credited with advancing the once-struggling Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, into record profitability over the four years that is has served under its management and investment contract.
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) operates two of the most successful gaming and entertainment destinations in the United States, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania.
MTGA’s venture with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington State will introduce the $500 million casino project that will be the West Coast’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination slated to open in 2017.
MTGA was additionally recently awarded a license from the Korean Government to develop and build a first-of-its-kind integrated resort at Incheon International Airport in Korea.
Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority’s Marshall Ray Sampson Sr. said the agreement is in the best interests of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which counts more than than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois. “We are looking forward to working with MTGA because of the valuable experience they will bring to our operations. They will improve our customer experience, which is our highest priority,” he said.
“In the state of Louisiana, we are known for our food, fun and optimum level of service that is unmatched anywhere else in the country,” said Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Chairman Joey P. Barbry. “With the help of the MTGA, we will be able to reinforce this concept, exceed expectations of Louisiana as a whole and showcase Marksville as a premier gaming and entertainment destination.”
“This is an important day for MTGA and for Indian country as a whole, as our agreement with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe provides further evidence of Indian country’s willingness to work together and share gaming expertise to attain the mutual benefits of self-sufficiency and diversification,” said Bobby Soper, MTGA president.