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Mohegan Sun Drops Lawsuit Against Jerome Powers

Monday, August 1st, 2011

In a surprising move, the Mohegan Sun casino has withdrawn its lawsuit against Jerome Powers, a Florida millionaire accused of owing the casino more than $1.2 million. The casino did not comment on the reason for withdrawing the suit, saying only that “the matter is settled.”

The case dates back to May 2009, when Powers took out a $1.2 million loan from the Connecticut casino. The high-rolling blackjack player lost the money and wrote six checks to the casino to repay the loan. Before the casino could accept the money, though, payment on the first check was stopped. The other five were returned because the account was closed.

In November 2009, the Mohegan Sun casino sued Powers. They later won the case, with the court ordering Powers to repay the debt. Powers then appealed to a Connecticut appellate court, saying that he should not have to pay because the state has no jurisdiction over contracts made in a tribal casino. He also argued that the contract was illegal. The appellate court rejected his arguments and upheld the lower court’s ruling.

It seemed that the casino had the case in the bag, but now they have suddenly dropped the lawsuit. Last month, Powers also settled a dispute with the Trump Taj Mahal casino, where he allegedly failed to pay a $1 million debt, and a breach of contract dispute with the Bellagio casino. Jerome Powers is the co-chairman and CEO of Plum TV, owner of the magazine Plum Miami and founder of Ocean Drive magazine.

Blackjack games open in Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Tuesday saw the U.S. state of Pennsylvania celebrate the launch of table games in their casinos, which had until then housed online slot machines. The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosted a grand-opening ceremony, where the Mohegan tribe’s vice chairman, Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, offered a blessing.

There was then a free ceremonial blackjack hand played by four lucky customers chosen at random. In that hand, the players competed for a prize of either $25,000 or a new Mercedes. Two of the players beat the dealer and won the money, but the other two didn’t walk away empty-handed. As a consolation prize, they won $5,000.

The Mogegan Sun casino, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, now offers 46 tables of blackjack, poker and more. That is not the only improvement made to the casino this week, though. The casino also instituted a new rule where all drinks are on the house for players at tables with a $25 or more minimum.

Nearby Mount Airy Casino Resport also opened table games this week. Like the Mohegan Sun, they now offer free drinks, but there the drinks are free for anyone who is gambling on the gaming floor, whether you are playing at a high-roller table or a penny slot.

All of this is good news for blackjack players and drinkers (for players who like both, it’s a great deal). It is common for casinos on the Las Vegas Strip to offer complimentary drinks to anyone on the casino floor, but smaller casinos outside of Sin City usually have not had that practice. By instituting those perks, the Pennsylvania casinos are signaling an intent to compete with the big players in the casino market.