Mohawk Bingo Palace offers fun, excitement

AKWESASNE The stakes arent high when it comes to whether or not youll have a good time at Mohawk Bingo Palace odds are youll have the time of your life. Mohawk Bingo Palace has been a staple of the Akwesasne community for the past 22 years. The establishment opened in May 1985 as a high-stakes bingo hall, but has since grown into a full Class II casino. In the early years of operation, Mohawk Bingo Palace and its high-stakes bingo sessions was the major gambling draw in the region. The property marketed gambling and entertainment well before the days of additional casinos in Akwesasne, Ganonoque, Hull, Rideau, Montreal, Oneida, Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Connecticut. With no major gambling competition between the North Country and Atlantic City, N.J., Mohawk Bingo Palace was able to prosper as a high-stakes bingo hall for many years. In the early years, Mohawk Bingo Palace was managed by a private management company. That changed Aug. 29, 1995, when the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe assumed the management responsibilities of the establishment. As gaming competition in the northeast grew, revenues steadily decreased year after year until 2000. The profitability of the bingo operation also declined. In 1997, Mohawk Bingo Palace added video gaming machines to the operation as an additional source of revenue. While the new machines added revenue, overall revenue declined as the bingo operations continued to plummet. From late 2002 to early 2003, Mohawk Bingo Palace updated the current video gaming machines to offer more attractive, entertaining games. Since then, Mohawk Bingo Palace has maintained steady growth. Revenues and net income have continuously increased as a direct result of the upgrade increasing so much that in 2007, Mohawk Bingo Palaces projected revenues are approximately $21 million, with net income projected to be approximately $8.6 million. This allows the Mohawk Bingo Palace to make substantial monthly contributions $450,000 to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribes Tribal General Fund. Business is going so well there is a need for expansion of the facility with plans for additional video gaming machines to be installed. In August 2004, the largest jackpot prize ever awarded at Mohawk Bingo Palace was paid to a Montreal woman. She received $418,000 from a Rocket gaming machine, a video gaming machine on which many others have found success. Most recently, Mohawk Bingo Palace awarded more than $150,000 over Thanksgiving weekend, with people from across the state winning sums of $25,000 and more on various gaming machines. Perhaps one of the most moving stories about jackpot success came earlier this year, when a woman who wished only to be known as Mrs. G.B. won $83,187.29. The woman was an employee of the General Motors Powertrain Plant in Massena who was facing impending unemployment from layoffs at the closing plant. After wagering only $20, her ability to invest in her financial security was a reality. In addition to the good fortune patrons are seeing at the gaming machines, Mohawk Bingo Palace has begun to try its hand at hosting an annual Holiday Poker Challenge. The casino which already offers a 120-seat poker room featuring cash games and daily poker tournaments held its inaugural Holiday Poker Challenge Dec. 2, with a $40,000 purse at stake. Mohawk Bingo Palace hosted satellite tournaments prior to the event to allow all interested poker players the opportunity to win their seat into the tournament instead of buying-in. Other lucky players won their seats through daily bonus buy drawings at the Mohawk Bingo Palace Poker Room. The successful event is anticipated to have an even larger draw next year. A highly anticipated evening of fun coming up New Years Eve will be the Mohawk Bingo Palace New Years Eve Mardi Gras celebration. A total of $15,000 will be given away, with a lucky winner receiving a $500 cash prize every half-hour and one extremely lucky winner taking home $10,000 from the grand prize drawing at 11:59 p.m. Patrons must simply play poker, bingo or video gaming machines or eat at the Palace Caf_o earn an entry into the drawing. Free entertainment, a free buffet and a free gift will be offered to the first 500 people. And dont forget, for the month of December, the Mohawk Bingo Palace Poker Room is giving away $100 daily to the poker player with the highest hand between noon and 4 p.m. On Jan. 27, a large screen LCD television will be given away with entries for that drawing handed out to all poker players on an active table every half hour. Mohawk Bingo Palace, located at 202 State Route 37 on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation, has 500 gaming machines that offer a variety of exciting games that allow guests to wager American or Canadian money. For more information, call 1-877-4JAKPOT or visit their Web site at www.mohawkpalace.com .

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