Hot slots at Mohegan Sun

Sep 19, 2006 3:29 AM

For the Mohegan Sun, it was hot August nights. The days weren’t too shabby, either.

For the month, the casino’s 6,199 slot machines won $82.1 million, a 7.5 percent increase over last August and the most ever for August.

Each machine won an average of $427 a day for the casino.

Mohegan Sun has been outpacing its cross-river rival Foxwoods Resort Casino, which saw its win decline by almost 4 percent, to $71.3 million in August.

Foxwoods President John O’Brien noted that the casino had 222 fewer slot machines in play this year than it did in August 2005. In a statement, he said the casino hoped "to be back close to our previous level in the short-term future."

Mohegan Sun said its August handle — the amount played in all of its machines — was $951 million. Its hold — the amount it kept — was 8.6 percent.

Foxwoods reported an August handle of $800 million, with an 8.9 percent hold.

By contrast, slot machines in Nevada in July had a handle of $11.9 billion, of which casinos held an average of 5.8 percent.