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Mohegan Sun Prepares for Casino Table Games

Mohegan Sun at the Pocono Downs is employing eighty-six casino floor supervisors to ensure casino table games are played by the House rules and keep cheaters out of the tables.

The casino's preparations for supervisory casino personnel attracted the most questions on March 15th, 2010 as the state Gaming Control Board gave the go signal for its petition to offer casino table games such as banked card games like blackjack to players.

The board's decision bring the casino one step closer to its goal of adding casino games to its slots casino by late spring or summer. Casino table games are allowed under a state law approved in January but each casino must acquire a Gaming Board license.

Robert Soper, the president and chief executive officer at the Mohegan Sun, said that they are planning to have at least one casino floor supervisor every shift supervising play at the four blackjack tables.

The casino supervisor positions are among the six hundred new full-time jobs needed for the table games expansion. Soper said that the casino supervisors will be on hand to detect any form of cheating. The supervisors will also ensure that the dealers will follow the rules.

Commissioner Jeffrey Coy said that casino owners will need to double their efforts to keep underage gamers from playing the games. The new law also makes it illegal for individuals under 21 years old to enter an area where casino table games and slot machines are played.

The casino was fined $97,500 last year for fifteen separate violations regarding underage gaming and access to the gaming area. As part of the settlement, Mohegan Sun armed security officers with electronic ID devices and blocked some entrances to their gambling floor.

Mohegan Sun also plans to renovate their gaming floor, background checks for their new employee, pay the $16.5 million state license fee and a test run of their operations before opening it to the public.


Sunday, April 18 , 2010
Tim Arnell