Inside Gaming: Mohegan's Soper Resigns, Taj Mahal “De-Trumped”

This week’s installment of Inside Gaming reports on the abrupt departure of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s president and CEO, remarks on the removal of an icon’s name from Atlantic City signage, and tells of a “Live Dealer” online casino game provider’s huge revenue increase.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority President and CEO Resigns, Irregularities Reported

On Wednesday the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) announced its President and CEO Robert Soper had “resigned to pursue other opportunities effective immediately.” The resignation came just ahead of a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of “possible operational control deficiencies” at Mohegan Sun Pocono (pictured above) that would delay the filing of a quarterly report, explains The Day newspaper of New London, Connecticut.

The MTGA stated that based on “preliminary findings,” the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel “anticipates the Mohegan Sun Pocono will be subject to disciplinary action including a fine and undertakings to remediate the issues identified,” The Day reports.

The filing goes on to specify issues with the “tracking and reporting the issuance of certain customer incentivies such as free slots play” as being under review.

Meanwhile Soper told the newspaper he was “leaving on good terms” and that the irregularities being reviewed “did not occur while I was there,” although he could not provide further details due to confidentiality agreements.

Soper served as the Authority’s president and CEO for nearly two years. A tribal member, Soper’s association with Mohegan gaming stretches back to 2001 when he first served as the MTGA’s Chief Legal Officer and Senior VP of Administration. From there he moved onto head the Mohegan Sun Pocono property in 2005, then in 2012 became President and CEO for Mohegan Sun before taking the position with the MTGA in 2015.

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