Mohegan Gaming joins forces with Soloviev Group in NYC casino bid

February 1, 2023
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It wants a much-coveted New York casino license so it can start building in the Freedom Plaza.

Mohegan Gaming has joined the Soloviev Group in a bid open a casino in Freedom Plaza, New York. This bid joins a host of others, as the New York State Gaming Commission announced it will be issuing three downtown casino licenses which are all still up for grabs.

There has been fierce competition for these multi-billion dollar licenses among the biggest operators, including Wynn Resorts and Caesars. Sands announced its intention to develop a casino in Nassau County, Long Island earlier this month.

Mohegan President Ray Pineault commented: “Mohegan is known for the wide array of extraordinary experiences and exceptional service we provide our guests – but it is truly our culture, values and commitment to our community that set us apart as an organization.

"Our rich Mohegan heritage provides the foundation for how we operate our business and guides our commitment to our employees, our approach to guest services and our relationship with partners and the communities in which we operate and serve. We look forward to infusing our ‘Spirit of Aquai, our guiding philosophy, into New York State."

Mohegan also emphasized that it would be committed to its ecological principles through the ‘Spirit of Aquai’, a centuries-old guiding philosophy, while building this proposed casino in Freedom Plaza.

Soloviev Group Chairman Stefan Soloviev commented: “As a leader in socially responsible development, we will honor, complement and advance Mohegan's principles through sustainable and carbon-neutral property development.

"This strategic partnership will not only ensure that Freedom Plaza will be ethically developed, but provide long-term economic prosperity for the local community, a positive impression on regional and international tourism, and a lasting impact on New York City for generations to come."

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