The Mohegan Sun, which is based in Connecticut, recently announced that it has gotten into an agreement with Ongame Poker Network, according to the terms of which Ongame will power its new online poker product. The Mohegan Sun got into this deal as part of its plans to expand into the online gaming sector through its new free money online gaming site, which is expected to be launched early in 2013.

Speaking about the deal, Mitchell Etess, CEO for Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said, “Mohegan Sun needs a provider who has outstanding regulatory experience and flexibility to offer intra-state play-for-free poker at first, and the technology to enable real money online poker when it is legalized. We are proud to announce that this partner is Ongame.”

The agreement signed between The Mohegan Sun and Ongame Poker Network is the first move of its kind by a casino operator in the East Coast, who has plans to expand into the online gaming sector. Industry experts view it as part of a business strategy devised by The Mohegan Sun. The deal aims to providing better gaming services for the large number of US as well as international casino players who arrive on the casino premises year after year.

Speaking about the deal, CEO Mitchell Etess said, “Our goal is always to provide our guests with the best gaming and entertainment offerings and we believe iGaming is the next step in fulfilling the demand for regulated online play when customers aren’t able to be on property.”

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which owns The Mohegan Sun, launched its first brand in Oct 1996. Today, The Mohegan Sun is the second biggest land casino in the US, sprawling over 364,000sq.ft. and offering 377 table games and 6,500 slot machine games. The Mohegan Sun has over 10,000 local employees and generated $1.62 billion in revenue during the 2007 fiscal.

This is the first time The Mohegan Sun is offering an online gaming product, which includes online poker. Industry analysts feel that Ongame is the best choice for The Mohegan Sun because it has the expertise, experience, and ability to provide a powerful online poker gaming platform, enabling The Mohegan Sun to make its mark in the online gaming industry.

Ongame MD Peter Bertilsson says that Ongame is excited to be with The Mohegan Sun, which is among the most expansive and dynamic US operators of land casinos.

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