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Mohegan Tribe bets on a hotel at Pa. casino

11-14-13

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Seven years after the Mohegan Tribe launched the state’s gambling industry, it has cut the ribbon on a $50 million expansion that leaders hipe will position Pennsylvania’s oldest casino for growth amid a maturing market.

A 238-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot convention center were debuted Thursday as the newest additions to the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino complex in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Mohegan Sun debuted Nov. 14, 2006, when thousands of gamblers mobbed a temporary, no-frills facility overlooking an old harness-racing track. The tribe opened a $208 million permanent casino on the site in 2008 and introduced table games two years later.

Its expansion has tracked the rise of Pennsylvania’s casino market, which has emerged as the nation’s second largest after Nevada with more than $3 billion in annual revenue.