Mohegan Sun Pocono Names Erica Tessier New Vice President of Marketing

WILKES-BARRE, PA (October 11, 2017) – Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce Erica Tessier as the new Vice President of Marketing.  A seasoned casino veteran specializing in casino promotions and rewards programs, at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Erica is now responsible for overseeing marketing strategy and execution for all consumer and casino communications at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

“The level of experience that Erica brings to Mohegan Sun Pocono is priceless,” says Tony Carlucci, President and General Manager, Mohegan Sun Pocono. “She has played an integral role in the success of casino marketing in Connecticut and we are excited to have her bring her insights to our employees and guests.”

Erica comes to Mohegan Sun Pocono with twenty – five years of vast experience in the casino marketing industry and is a day one employee of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Her career with Mohegan Sun includes management positions in departments including VIP Services, Casino Marketing and Consumer Promotions.

In her most recent role as Director of Consumer Promotions and Player’s Club, Erica oversaw the creation, development and execution of various casino events and programs. She is familiar with Mohegan Sun Pocono product and market. As a knowledgeable and valued member of the Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment team, she was called on to assist with the introduction of Momentum at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and has been a source of reference for the Mohegan Sun Pocono marketing team over the years.

Erica appears in the new Mohegan Sun digital TV series, Back of House, which launched in recent weeks. In it, she shares some of the behind-the-scenes activity that takes place in casino promotions at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Visit backofhouse.tv to watch Erica in action in two of the six episodes: Episode 2. GAME FACE and Episode 5. HOT SUMMER FUN.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Week In Review

September 30-October 6, 2017

While we didn’t quite reach the 90-degree temperatures of the previous week, the weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania still cooperated with an excellent stretch of pleasant autumn weather, giving us four straight fast tracks at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the racing week. The action was predictably slick as well, yielding plenty of candidates for the Weekly Awards, the best of which you can find right here.

PACER OF THE WEEK: KING OF THE CROP

Trained by Wayne Short, this six-year-old gelding struggled his way through much of the summer, with many finishes well up the track. In an effort to get him going again, his handlers dropped him to the lowest condition level on September 18, and the gambit worked. King Of The Crop came up first-over for a victory in 1:52:4 that night, and moved back up in class this past Saturday night to face an $11,000 group.

With Tom Jackson in the bike, King Of The Crop left from post position #6 in a field of nine and didn’t garner too much betting attention at 8-1. He sat sixth early on as East Coast Cruiser set a menacing pace. Jackson started the gelding up on the back stretch, and after a quick pass of a tiring horse on the outside he found himself first-over. For a while he was stalled a few lengths back, as it appeared East Coast Cruiser might be able to pace out the clock.

But in the stretch the pacesetter started to feel the burden of the fractions and King Of The Crop began to surge. Despite being on the outside on the last turn he gathered momentum under the guidance of Jackson and took over as the line approached to win it by a head in 1:52:2. Now with two straight wins, King Of The Crop will likely make another move up the condition ladder, but his recent performances suggest he’s ready.

Other top pacers this week include: Si Semalu (Jim Marohn Jr., Bruce Clarke), who overcame an outside post to win a condition pace on Saturday night in 1:50:1, which was a new career-best and the fastest pacing time of this past week at Pocono; Pappy’s Pal (Jim Marohn Jr., Matias Ruiz), who followed up a win at Harrah’s with a victory in Saturday night’s featured condition pace in 1:50:2; and Iwillnotbemached (Simon Allard, Amanda Payson), who switched barns, moved up in class and picked up his second straight claiming win on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:52:4.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SIMEON

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but Simeon didn’t have the luxury of waiting long for another chance at his nemesis. The five-year-old gelding from the Toni Freitas barn was an impressive winner on September 18 in the $15,000 to $20,000 claiming handicap trotting group, scoring in 1:55:3. But the following week Simeon was stymied with a fourth-place finish behind Warrawee Onyx, who won his second straight in the class.

On Monday night Simeon was back at it in the same class, and once again he had to deal with Warrawee Onyx, who left as the even money from post position #8 as the even money favorite. Simeon, meanwhile, was let go as the 5-1 second choice. Warrawee Onyx dictated the pace and faced some stiff competition for the lead, but was still on top around the final turn. Simeon, by contrast, sat third on the inside and waited patiently for an opening.

That opening finally arrived around the final turn, which is when driver Jim Marohn Jr. guided Simeon quickly to the outside for a furious charge. Warrawee Onyx was defenseless as Simeon hustled by to win it by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:54:1. That was a career-best time for the gelding, making his revenge pretty sweet, even if it wasn’t all that cold.

Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Chocouture (Anthony Napolitano, Tom Wine II), who scored a condition win in 1:54:4 on Sunday night, earning a new lifetime mark; Jurgen Hanover (Matt Kakaley, Jenny Bier), who followed up a condition win at Harrington with a victory in 1:55:2 from an outside post on Monday in a claiming handicap ; and Justice Jet (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who handled a condition field on Tuesday night in 1:53:1, which was a new career mark and the fastest of the week at Pocono.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: LEAN ON YOU

This pacer driven by Tom Jackson started Monday off with a surprise for the faithful, winning a condition at 17-1 and paying out $37.80 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY NAPOLITANO

A-Nap had a monster evening on Sunday, ripping off wins on six of the 14 races on the program for one of his finest performances of the season.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: WAYNE SHORT

Short made the most of his training efforts, winning with the lone starter he sent out on both Saturday (King Of The Crop) and Sunday (Moonshine Runner.)

That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.

Former New York Yankee great Don Mattingly stops by the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is proud to announce an appearance with former New York Yankee great Don Mattingly on Saturday, October 21st.  The legendary former first baseman and coach will be stopping by the track for autographs and photos with his fans from 4:00PM to 6:00PM in the Racing Lobby.

Known as “The Hit Man” and “Donnie Baseball”, Mattingly will be making his first appearance at the track in Northeast PA.

This is a wristband-only event, and wristbands will be distributed starting at 2:00PM with a limited amount available.  Line-up is at 1:00PM. Only authorized photos will be signed, and they will be distributed at the signing.  Fans are welcome to take their own photos with cell phones and cameras.

Live harness racing immediately follows the event with a Post Time of 6:30PM.  Racing continues Sundays at 7:30PM; Mondays at 4:30PM; Tuesday and Saturdays at 6:30PM through November 25th.

Survivor Casting Call at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Monday, October 23rd in the Keystone Grand Ballroom

WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 20, 2017) – Do you have what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast?  You’ll have a chance to find out when CBS’ Survivor holds an open casting call at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Monday, October 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Don’t miss your chance to become a castaway in the running for one million dollars! Line starts at 8:00am, registration begins at 10:00am.  First 300 applicants are guaranteed an audition.  Eligibility requirements and applications are available at: http://www.pahomepage.com/survivor-casting-call

*Note: Must be 18 years of age or older to participate in casting call.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

Tony Orlando to Perform at Mohegan Sun Pocono

November 18th in the Keystone Grand Ballroom

WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 8, 2017) – Hollywood Walk of Fame artist, songwriter, television star and actor, Tony Orlando, will be sharing his five decade career highlights with his endearing warmth and humor on stage at the Keystone Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 8:00pm.   Tony Orlando has sold millions of records, including five number one hits “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose,” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”.

Tickets start at $149.00, $109.00, $99.00, $39.00 and $29.00 and are on sale today through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com or calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office.

Tony Orlando is one of the most popular live concert entertainer that has headlined around the world and for five United States Presidents.  A 2016 review stated “The truth is: Tony Orlando is more than a singer.  He has the ability to reach an audience, touch us inside, and connect with us on a higher level with his voice, style, and values”.  In the same year he was honored as the “Casino Entertainer of the Year Award”, recipient of the “Best All Around Entertainer” a total of four times in Las Vegas and three times in Atlantic City, “The Ellis Island Medal of Honor” and many more distinctions.

Outside of Tony’s career, he has worked and helped many organizations throughout the years.  He has worked on behalf of veterans becoming the Honorary Chairman at the 40th Anniversary at the NAM-POW’s Homecoming Celebration in 2014.  Snowball Express is an organization that serves the children of our fallen military heroes, where Tony has been recognized as Honorary Chairman and serves on the Board of Directors from the Eisenhower Foundation.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.