Foxwoods sees jump in slots revenue over August 2006

Erica Jacobson

Visitors to Foxwoods Resort Casino pumped $843.8 million through slot machines in August at the Mashantucket Pequot-owned facility, up from $800.2 million played in August 2006.

In a statement released Friday with the numbers, Foxwoods President John O'Brien said the increase came during a period that saw more vacation visitors to the casino as well as a number of promotions for players.

"We had a solid marketing calendar that included a series of very successful player promotions that gave away bonus slot play and retail gift cards as well as cash prizes," O'Brien said. "One of our more popular promotions this past month had one of our lucky patrons drive away in a beautiful brand new Lexus as a result of coming in and playing our slots."

Cathy Soper, a spokesman for Mohegan Sun, said that casino would release its numbers Monday.

Of the $838.4 million, Foxwoods' slot win - the money not paid back to players - was $71.9 million, up from $71.3 million in August 2006. The compact with Connecticut requires that Foxwoods turn over 25 percent of last month's win, roughly $17.9 million, to the state Division of Special Revenue.

August's play at Foxwoods is down $51.2 million from July, although only five years since the casino opened have seen an increase in total amount played between the two months.

Reach Erica Jacobson of The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin at 860-425-4241 or ejacobs@norwichbulletin.com.