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Mohegan Sun Pocono, a Distinctively Elegant Casino Resort

  • 2 July 2016
  • Author: Joan Matsui
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Mohegan Sun Pocono Exterior. Photo taken by Joan Mead-Matsui, freelance travel writer and photographer.

Are you looking for a full-service resort gaming destination vacation?

Once you see the infamous torch along Highway 315 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, you’ll know you’ve arrived at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a distinctively elegant casino resort.

Chic and sophisticated, yes, but Mohegan Sun Pocono also offers elements of fun and excitement. Eighty-two thousand sq. ft. of gaming; night life and entertainment, dining, shopping, luxury lodging, relaxation and rejuvenation spa services at Spa Sapphire, and live world-class harness racing are among the conveniences and comforts at this Pennsylvania resort.

Mohegan Sun Interior. Photo taken by Joan Mead-Matsui, freelance travel writer and photographer.

You’ll find life is gentler when it’s time to unwind in one of 238 guestrooms. Twenty spacious suites are available for families or guests who’d like additional space to work and kick back. Each room includes an iPad Mini so guests can stay up-to-date with entertainment and plan their trip moment-by-moment.

“One of my favorite features is our televisions with an interactive guide so guests can find out what’s happening,” said Paul Toennes, Mohegan Sun Pocono director of marketing campaign management.

Breakers Bar. Photo taken by Joan Mead-Matsui, freelance travel writer and photographer.

Johnny Rockets restaurant. Photo taken by Joan Mead-Matsui, freelance travel writer and photographer.

Mohegan Sun Pocono offers 19 distinctive dining options, with offerings to suit every palate. Whether you have a hankering for a steak cooked to perfection, fish and seafood, or stadium fare, there’s an eatery with an appetizer, entrée or light fare for every taste bud to savor.

Toennes noted, “Mohegan Sun is about breeding a new experience for our guests every time they come to visit.”

Located throughout the resort complex are Bar Louie, Ben & Jerry’s, Betty & Joe’s, coffee house and sweets; Breakers, Elixir’s Bistro Bar, Johnny Rockets, M Bar, Pacer’s Clubhouse Restaurant (in the racing area open on live racing nights), Winner’s Circle traditional American stadium faire where you can find a great slice of pizza, hamburger, and fried foods; Pearl Sushi Bar, Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Starting Gate Bar, Sunburst Bar, The Terrace, Timbers Buffet with a recently expanded menu,  Wetzel’s Pretzels, WOK 8, and Wolfgang Puck Express.

Pearl Sushi Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Photo courtesy of Mohegan Sun Pocono.

The Pearl Sushi Bar is the home of the Mohegan Sun Roll.

“One of the items on the menu is the Mohegan Sun Roll. We branded our own roll and it’s great,” Toennes said.

Wise Crackers Comedy Club. Photo courtesy of Mohegan Sun Pocono.

You don’t have to gamble to find your niche at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The resort offers top-name entertainment and is brimming with possibilities.

“That’s the beauty of what we have here,” commented Toennes. “It’s about everything we do here.”

On any given day throughout the week, guests and local folks can find a perfect spot to mingle and unwind while sipping a cocktail or craft bar and listening to music. Among the options are live bands at Bar Louie every weekend; classic lounge-type tunes at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Elixir, Starbucks on Friday and Saturday nights; and a mobile bar during the summer months on the Terrace.  You can also find a comedian to lighten your load with therapeutic laughter in Wisecrackers Comedy Club at amateur night on Thursday and headliner acts on the weekends.  A full schedule of upcoming events, concerts and performances can be found at

“We do all kinds of activities,” Toennes commented.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is also a popular location for convention groups and businesses coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania. They’ll discover a 20,000 sq. ft. convention center and a comfortable and well-equipped business center. 

What’s in the plan for summer and fall 2016?

Toennes said, “Come November, we’ll celebrate our tenth anniversary here”.

You can be sure a grand celebration is planned to commemorate a decade of outstanding service.

For general Information and hotel reservations call 1.888.WIN.IN.PA or visit



Mohegan Sun Pocono is owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians in Connecticut and is one of the largest casino resort destinations in Pennsylvania.  After acquiring the property in Nov. 2005, Mohegan Sun has seen continuous development and improvements that began in 2006 with the renovation of the grandstands located on the race track and the installation of slot machines behind the grandstands. In 2008, the tribe opened the main part of the casino and five years later, in 2013, the hotel, convention center and spa.  

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Joan Matsui
Joan Mead-Matsui
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