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Connecticut tribes win feds' approval for up to $400M casino

Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a change this week to the country’s Native American tribal gaming laws that will allow development and construction of an up to $400 million casino in East Windsor, Connecticut.

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11/14/2019

article Connecticut Democrats May Opt For Sports Betting, Cannabis For Infrastructure Cash Over Increasing Tolls
(Connecticut) -- Democrats in Connecticut’s state senate could resuscitate sports betting legislation while adding legalized cannabis to the mix in an effort to...

10/31/2019

article Southeastern Connecticut looks to future in opportunity zones, port, casinos
(Connecticut) -- Local economic development officials spoke positively of the inaugural conference on opportunity zones the state held Wednesday, a topic that also came...

10/29/2019

article MGM Says Gov’t Must Justify Clearing Way For Tribes’ Casino [reg req]
(Washington D.C.) -- MGM Resorts slammed the federal government’s bid to toss the company’s suit over the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’...
article BLOG: Enfield Is Well-positioned for Economic Growth
(Connecticut) -- If a long-discussed tribal casino takes shape in East Windsor, Conn., the town of Enfield would find itself in an intriguing geographic spot between two...

10/26/2019

article CuriousCT: Tribes’ slot payments end up in state’s General Fund, municipal coffers
(Connecticut) -- A CuriousCT respondent who wished to remain anonymous suggested The Day provide a “thorough accounting” of the slot-machine revenue the...

10/25/2019

article East Windsor voters overwhelmingly defeat referendum questions
(Connecticut) -- Voters on Thursday resoundingly defeated all three questions on a referendum ballot, deciding not to join a regional animal shelter or create a fund to...
article State, tribes seek dismissal of MGM’s casino lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut and its two Indian tribes are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit because the groups cannot join the litigation...

10/24/2019

article East Windsor Voters Reject Plans Tied to Casino
(Connecticut) -- Voters in East Windsor overwhelmingly defeated plans related to the money that would be paid by a potential new casino in town. “I’m excited. I think...
article Why The Special Session Will Skip Connecticut Sports Betting This Year
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut might hold a special session this fall, but sports betting isn’t going to be part of it. Sen. Cathy Osten proposed comprehensive gaming...
article With Connecticut Gambling Expansion On Lockdown, The Internet Might Be The Key
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting has gotten all the attention from state legislatures this year, but Native American tribes in Connecticut have their eyes on a bigger...

10/23/2019

article Tribes, state seek dismissal of MGM’s suit against Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- In a court filing with “Catch-22” overtones, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and the State of Connecticut claim they should...

10/20/2019

article Haar: MGM renews Bridgeport option amid stalemate
(Connecticut) -- Quietly over the summer, with zero fanfare and nary a public announcement, MGM Resorts International renewed a contract giving it the option to develop...

10/17/2019

article Casinos report 5 percent dip in September slots revenu
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s casinos reported Tuesday that their September slot-machine revenues were down by more than 5 percent over the same...
article Bridgeport state senator urges Lamont to support tribe casino bill
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport legislators are trying to restart efforts to get a tribe-run casino built in the city. State Sen. Dennis Bradley, D-Bridgeport, sent a letter...
article Another month of jobs growth for Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut added an estimated 3,600 jobs in September, its third straight month of jobs growth, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

10/12/2019

article East Windsor announces Oct. 24 referendum
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen have announced that there will be an Oct. 24 referendum asking voters to decide questions on the animal shelter and casino fund....
article Feds seek dismissal of MGM lawsuit over East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is urging a federal court to throw out a lawsuit from MGM Resorts, which if approved would pave the way for...

10/11/2019

article Dept. of Interior seeks dismissal of MGM lawsuit over East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by MGM Resorts International challenging the agency’s approval...
article Interior Department Wants MGM Lawsuit Over Planned Connecticut Casino Dismissed
(Connecticut) -- Earlier this week, the US Interior Department filed its response to a lawsuit seeking to block two Connecticut tribes from opening a satellite casino in...

10/10/2019

article Feds seek dismissal of MGM lawsuit over EW casino
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is urging a federal court to throw out a lawsuit from MGM Resorts, which if approved would pave the way for...

10/9/2019

article Interior seeks dismissal of MGM suit over tribes’ gaming amendments
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a federal judge to dismiss MGM International’s claims that the department broke the law when it...

10/8/2019

article DOI Wants End To MGM Suit Over Tribes' Casino Deals [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal judge to toss a suit by MGM over the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’...

10/4/2019

article CT Lottery marks $10B returned to state
(Connecticut) -- The nearly 40-year-old Connecticut Lottery Corp. says it reached the $10 billion threshold on Wednesday for the amount of profits returned to the state...

9/23/2019

article Connecticut has the 2 best casino hotels in America, according to USA Today readers
(Connecticut) -- When it comes to overnight accommodations at casinos across America, it doesn’t get any better than Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, according to...

9/17/2019

article Casinos report more modest decreases in August slots revenue
(Connecticut) -- Declines in the casinos’ slot-machine revenues returned to single digits in August, numbers released Monday show. Mohegan Sun kept $49.9 million...

9/8/2019

article VIDEO: Face the Facts: the Future of Sports Gambling in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Should sports gambling be legal in Connecticut? Mike Hydeck talked with one of the biggest stake holders in gaming in the state about possibly expanding...
article Bridgeport can learn from Springfield’s revitalization
(Connecticut) -- To the world outside its borders, Bridgeport doesn’t have a sterling reputation. On those rare occasions when it’s referenced in popular...

9/7/2019

article Declining revenues, missed projections point to casino saturation in Northeast
(Connecticut) -- For years, “Northeast gaming” and “saturation” have been showing up in the same sentence. Lately, they’ve been linked anew...

9/4/2019

article MGM Resorts Sues Federal Government Over Tribal Casino Proposal
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts seems like it's on a quixotic campaign to prevent the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian tribes from opening a new casino in East...
article OP/ED: Don't gamble on casinos
(Connecticut) -- Building a casino, it turns out, is rather a gamble - and Connecticut leaders should take note of the latest revelations from Springfield before...

8/31/2019

article COLUMN: When is more a bad bet?
(Connecticut) -- As two new casinos are shoe-horned into New England’s increasingly crowded gambling market, ever higher levels of revenue are hard to come by....

8/29/2019

article CT OTB revenues see steady declines
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut casinos aren’t the only gambling venues with shrinking revenues. Off-track betting (OTB) revenue in the state is also on a steady slide,...
article LETTER: Rennie missed facts on gambling
(Connecticut) -- Kevin Rennie’s column “Sen. Osten supports the tribes’ monopoly on gambling in Connecticut. That’s not how a free market economy...

8/25/2019

article As two new casinos sharpen competition in New England’s crowded gambling market, more revenue is hard to reach
(New England) -- As two new casinos are shoe-horned into New England’s increasingly crowded gambling market, ever higher levels of revenue are hard to come by....
article EDITORIAL: Don’t gamble on casinos
(Connecticut) -- Building a casino, it turns out, is rather a gamble — and Connecticut leaders should take note of the latest revelations from Springfield before...

8/22/2019

article MGM STOOGE: Same old tribes play Bridgeport and state the same old tune
(Connecticut) -- Attention City of Bridgeport and Connecticut legislators: The real reason there is no casino in East Windsor, or in Bridgeport, is because the...

8/20/2019

article McEnroe: CT stacks odds against itself on betting
(Connecticut) -- Why can’t we have not-nice things? As other states jump into sports betting, Connecticut lags. I’m going offer you a partial explanation,...

8/19/2019

article MORON ALERT: Time To Stop The Un-American Treatment Of MGM In The Constitution State
(Connecticut) -- It was no surprise to hear the news last week that MGM International has filed another lawsuit against someone regarding its efforts to compete in the...
article Casino compromise backed: E. Windsor selectmen support expanding gambling, keeping Tribal Winds
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last week to support the Connecticut Jobs and Revenue Act, a bill that would maintain the proposed Tribal Winds...
article Casinos in Connecticut, elsewhere already feeling Encore’s impact
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun posted double-digit declines in slot-machine revenue in July, the first full month of operation for Encore Boston...
article EDITORIAL: Go back to casino Plan A
(Connecticut) -- If there had been a way to do it, 30 years ago, The Day would have liked to see the Native tribes in this region, our neighbors, thrive and flourish...

8/18/2019

article Connecticut’s casinos post 13th straight month of declining slots revenue
(Connecticut) -- At a time when the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes were looking to expand operations across the state, their respective casinos each recorded a...
article BLOG: MGM Sues Department of Interior Over Connecticut Casino Plans
(Connecticut) -- Flushdraw continues a busy weekend of interesting updates with a look at the ongoing legal battle concerning the Connecticut land-based casino scene. It...
article Jacobs: Delay in legalizing sports betting in Connecticut a losing proposition
(Connecticut) -- THE LAND OF 169-to-1 ODDS — Permit me to add my voice to the sports betting debacle in Connecticut. Get it done! Get it done now! It’s a...

8/17/2019

article Connecticut Slot Revenue Further Slides, Casino Win From Gaming Terminals Down $13.1M
(Connecticut) -- Slot revenue in Connecticut plays a critical role in helping fund the state government, but July marked yet another month where the two tribal casinos...
article OP/ED: Delay in legalizing sports betting in Connecticut a losing proposition
(Connecticut) -- Permit me to add my voice to the sports betting debacle in Connecticut. Get it done! Get it done now! It’s a year too late, but get it done...

8/15/2019

article CT’s jobless rate shrinks to 3.6 percent in July
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped by slightly to 3.6 percent in July despite the loss of 100 jobs, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.

8/14/2019

article Gov. Lamont, place winning bet with tribes. Here’s how.
(Connecticut) -- I bet you two-to-one I can come up with a solution for the state’s gaming quagmire. But first, a few observations. On the issue of gaming and...

8/13/2019

article East Windsor to urge support for Tribal Winds
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen plans to issue a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont this week urging support for the proposed casino in town.
article MGM brands federal approvals as arbitrary and capricious in lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- Full details of MGM Resorts’ legal challenge against federal approval of the joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes for...

8/11/2019

article Capitol Report: It’s MGM vs the Tribes
(Connecticut) -- Place your bets if you think Tribal Winds Casino will ever become reality! The East Windsor Project is a joint venture by the Mashantucket and Mohegan...
article Colin McEnroe: CT stacks odds against itself on betting
(Connecticut) -- Why can’t we have not-nice things? As other states jump into sports betting, Connecticut lags. I’m going offer you a partial explanation,...
article Casino buses make it easy to get to MGM, Encore, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun from Worcester area
(Massachusetts) -- Dolores and James Stark of Oxford are sitting in leather seats on a luxury motor coach somewhere on the Massachusetts Turnpike, cruising toward the...

8/10/2019

article East Windsor Official Doesn't Think Gov. Lamont Will Derail Planned Casino
(Connecticut) -- An official in East Windsor, Connecticut, said he thinks a proposed casino in his town is on track, despite reported efforts by Governor Ned Lamont to...

8/9/2019

article Capitol Week in Review: Will Connecticut ever get a third casino?
(Connecticut) -- The complicated issue of expanded gambling in Connecticut took another turn Wednesday when MGM Resorts International sued the federal government over...
article MGM’s lawsuit raises the stakes in Connecticut casino battle
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts has upped the ante in its bet on New England’s gambling market with a federal lawsuit to stop a rival from opening in Connecticut, not...

8/8/2019

article MGM Sues Over Federal OK for Third CT Tribal Casino
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the federal approval of a deal that would allow Connecticut’s two Indian tribes to open a third...
article MGM Sues to Block Deal Allowing Indian Casinos on Nontribal Connecticut Land
(Connecticut) -- The casino wars flared anew in Connecticut Wednesday after gambling behemoth MGM, backed by attorneys at Covington & Burling, accused the Department...
article MGM Sues To Stop Connecticut From Awarding Commercial Casino Bids To Tribe
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International is continuing to fight tribal gaming expansion in Connecticut, this time with a lawsuit against the federal government. Ever...
article OP/ED: Connecticut shouldn't forfeit gambling policy to tribes
(Connecticut) -- With ideas for more gambling in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont and some state legislators seem to want to sell the state back to the Indians, or, really,...
article Senator Osten: If Lamont wants jobs, he should back casino bill
(Connecticut) -- TV viewers in Connecticut were treated last week to a new commercial for Encore Boston Harbor, Steve Wynn’s new $2.6 billion resort and casino on...

8/7/2019

article Dan Haar: MGM files federal lawsuit over tribes’ casino approval
(Connecticut) -- Everyone watching the slow-motion policy wreck of gaming expansion in Connecticut knew MGM would sooner or later file a lawsuit over the Native American...
article MGM Accuses Feds of Giving Casino Monopoly to Tribes
(Connecticut) -- Casino giant MGM filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming that two Native American tribes got an effective monopoly on gambling in Connecticut through...
article MGM Escalates Connecticut Casino Dispute To Federal Court
(Connecticut) -- The fight for a stake in the Connecticut casino market has led MGM to a federal courthouse in the nation’s capital. The company filed suit against...
article MGM leaps back into Connecticut casino fight with new lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- After a week on the sidelines, MGM Resorts International jumped back into Connecticut’s casino fray Wednesday, lodging a new lawsuit over the U.S...
article MGM Resorts sues Interior Department over decision to allow Connecticut tribes to operate an East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The battle over expanded gambling in Connecticut took a new turn Wednesday when MGM Resorts sued the U.S. Interior Department, accusing it of approving...
article MGM Sues Over Federal Approval of Connecticut Tribal Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- Casino developer MGM has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal approval of a deal that would allow Connecticut’s two Indian tribes to open a third...
article MGM suit takes new tact to blocking tribes
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International sued the Department of the Interior on Wednesday in a fresh bid to bar tribal competitors in Connecticut from constructing an...
article Connecticut tribes to Gov. Lamont: Thanks, but no thanks
(Connecticut) -- Ned Lamont, the governor of Connecticut, isn’t opposed to a new casino property being run jointly by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes,...
article MORON ALERT: Connecticut needn't forfeit gambling policy to Indians
(Connecticut) -- With ideas for more gambling in Connecticut, Governor Lamont and some state legislators seem to want to sell the state back to the Indians, or, really,...

8/6/2019

article All gaming options on the table
(Connecticut) -- Amid news reports Monday that Gov. Ned Lamont is entertaining a proposal to establish gambling operations in Hartford’s XL Center if the state...
article Casino emerges as solution to fix XL Center
(Connecticut) -- For as long as gambling has been discussed in Connecticut, the XL Center and downtown Hartford have been part of the discussion. It’s no different...
article Connecticut Tribes refuse to walk away from Tribal Winds development
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has met with resistance from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to proposals made this week regarding casino...
article Sports betting, a Bridgeport casino and esports at the XL Center. Here’s how expanded gambling could play in Connecticut.
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s gambling landscape could look a lot different in a few years. Sports betting, new casinos and online lottery games are among the...

8/5/2019

article As state searches for plan to fix Hartford’s aging XL Center arena, a casino emerges as one possible solution
(Connecticut) -- Hartford’s XL Center arena — sorely in need of hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades — is again being thrust into...
article Connecticut Gov Tells Tribes to Trade East Windsor Project for Bridgeport Casino, Stadium Sports Betting, and Online Gaming
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont wants to persuade the state’s two powerful tribal operators to abandon their long-cherished goal of building a casino...
article Gov. Lamont, tribes weigh in on expanded gaming
(Connecticut) -- On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont weighed in on a potential deal to revitalize the XL Center. The deal would introduce sports betting with the Pequots and...
article Governor: No XL Center casino discussed
(Connecticut) -- The governor’s office has had no discussions about opening a casino at Hartford’s XL Center with the arena’s owners or the state...
article Tribes reject Lamont’s grand bargain on gambling
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes have doubled down on their commitment to jointly develop a casino in East Windsor to compete with...
article Tribes unwilling to withdraw from East Windsor casino plan
(Connecticut) -- Amid the impasse in Connecticut’s gaming-expansion debate, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes again asserted Monday that they remain committed...

8/4/2019

article Capitol Report: More details on proposed casino bill
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers pulled a summer surprise last Wednesday, rolling out proposed legislation to expand the gambling footprint of the Mashantucket and Mohegan...
article Connecticut governor wants tribes to drop East Windsor casino plan, add gambling to XL Center in Hartford
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont wants two Indian tribes to drop plans for an East Windsor casino in exchange for legalized sports betting statewide, a...
article XL Center could be sold to tribes under new proposal that would add gambling in Hartford
(Connecticut) -- A deal between the state and Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Indian tribes could lead to an extensive renovation of the XL Center and the...
article Capitol Report: Some want gambling bill to be put on back-burner
(Connecticut) -- The proposed gaming bill is about jobs and money. The Mohegan and Mashantuckets are huge employers and taxpayers, and lawmakers representing gaming...

8/3/2019

article Gov. Ned Lamont excluded from drafting of gambling legislation that could bring Connecticut $200M in new revenue
(Connecticut) -- After years of failing to reach an agreement, legislators came forward last week with a new coalition pushing for two of the biggest prizes in...
article A high-stakes gambler had VIP perks and a million in losses. But where did the cash come from?
(Connecticut) -- As a part-time bookkeeper for mom-and-pop operations in the Boston suburbs, Antonis Mallios spent his workdays pushing paper and running errands. But...
article Anthony: Free of federal restraints for more than a year, Connecticut remains unable to establish regulated sports gambling
(Connecticut) -- What is Connecticut doing on the sports gambling front? Basically assuring fat bankrolls for bookies in the seedy underworld and leaving the legal...

8/2/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Favors Tribal Casinos, Gov. Says Issue Is ‘Complex’
(Connecticut) -- The 2019 legislative session may have already ended in Connecticut, but that has not stopped a group of bipartisan lawmakers from drafting a new CT...
article Mashantucket tribe touts $1B economic impact as Bridgeport casino efforts ramp up
(Connecticut) -- The Foxwoods Resort Casino had a $1.1 billion impact on the state’s economy in 2017, according to a new report issued by its operator, the...

8/1/2019

article Following legislation to expand gambling in Connecticut, tribal owners tout report of $1B in economic impact by Foxwoods casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequots, pushing for legislation to expand gambling in Connecticut, released a report Thursday saying the tribal-owned Foxwoods Resort...
article Big gambling expansion plan faces more opposition
(Connecticut) -- The co-chairman of the legislative committee that oversees all forms of gambling is joining the Governor in turning ‘thumbs down’ on that...
article Bridgeport casino proposal backed by bipartisan group of state legislators
(Connecticut) -- The on-again, off-again plan to bring a casino to Bridgeport looks like it could be on again – although there are still hurdles to overcome. The...
article Connecticut legislators propose measure to bring a tribal casino to Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut and a bipartisan group of legislators has reportedly proposed a piece of legislation that would allow the state’s two federally-...
article Lamont leery of comprehensive gambling package
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont appears to have little appetite for a comprehensive gambling bill introduced Wednesday, insisting the executive branch should take the...
article Lawmakers say they’ve come up with wide-ranging casino plan
(Connecticut) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers from around Connecticut announced Wednesday they’ve crafted a wide-ranging compromise bill they hope could lead to...
article Osten, Mashantuckets make case for broadening state-tribe partnership
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten is defending the bipartisan gaming proposal she rolled out this week, which would cement the state's relationship with the...

7/31/2019

article Connecticut lawmakers strike deal for Bridgeport casino and sports betting, but Gov. Ned Lamont raps plan and withholds support
(Connecticut) -- Legislative leaders announced Wednesday a long-sought deal with Connecticut’s two tribal casinos to establish a gambling site in Bridgeport, but...
article Haar: Latest Bridgeport casino scheme is just a dented can of soup
(Connecticut) -- A dented can of soup looks like a lifeline to a man starving on the street. That’s what the latest casino proposal from the Connecticut tribes and...
article Lawmakers announce bill that would authorize casino, sports betting
(Connecticut) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a bill on Wednesday that would authorize a casino in Bridgeport and allow sports betting and internet gaming....
article Lawmakers Join Forces To Bet On Tribal Gaming
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers from different regions of the state who had previously been at odds over casino expansion have joined forces with the state’s two tribes...
article Lawmakers say deal reached to legalize sports betting, add Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has proposed legislation that would legalize sports betting and authorize the state’s two casino-operating...
article RUDDOCK: Connecticut Lawmakers Push For Expanded Gambling, But It’s A Big Lift
(Connecticut) -- After individual attempts to legalize sports betting, online gambling, and a new land-based casino stalled, Connecticut lawmakers are floating a...
article Sweeping gaming bill calls for Bridgeport casino, sports wagering
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers unveiled a sweeping gaming bill Wednesday calling for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to invest at least $100 million in a...
article Tribal ally tries to break stalemate over gambling expansion
(Connecticut) -- Expanded gambling legislation filed Wednesday by a coalition of lawmakers is aimed at breaking a political stalemate by pressuring Gov. Ned Lamont to...
article Study: Mashantuckets, Foxwoods help drive region’s economy
(Connecticut) -- Amid the continuing debate over gaming expansion, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is releasing a report Thursday that emphasizes its role in driving the...
article With impact study, Pequots ramp up lobbying push
(Connecticut) -- As legislative allies promote gambling legislation favorable to the tribe, the Mashantucket Pequots are releasing an economic impact study that says the...

7/23/2019

article Connecticut vs. Boston: How Can We Compete?
(Connecticut) -- It’s been called “The Hub of the Universe.” With the opening of the glitzy Encore casino and more companies marching north, Boston...

7/18/2019

article Connecticut casinos see continuing decline in slot revenue
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two casinos have experienced 12 straight months of year-over-year decreases in slots revenue as legalized gambling has expanded in...

7/17/2019

article Connecticut slot revenue down again amid growing competition
(Connecticut) -- Revenue generated by slot machines at Connecticut’s two casinos continued a steady decline in June, down for the 12th consecutive month amid new...
article Quarters aren’t the only thing dropping with Connecticut’s slots
(Connecticut) -- Slot machines are often seen as a casino’s “bread and butter,” a guaranteed source of revenue even when card games and roulette wheels...

7/16/2019

article Connecticut Casinos Continue Slot Revenue Decline, Added Competition Poaching Gaming Dollars
(Connecticut) -- June marked the 12th straight month Connecticut casinos won fewer dollars on their slot machines than in the prior year.
article Connecticut Lottery executive on leave amid questions over FBI taping
(Connecticut) -- The vice president of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation has been placed on administrative leave amid questions over her role in an FBI investigation...
article More issues being seen at CT Lottery
(Connecticut) -- There are more problems being seen at the Connecticut Lottery. Vice President Chelsea Turner has been put on administrative leave, which comes on the...

7/15/2019

article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun report another month of slots-revenue declines
(Connecticut) -- Slot-machine revenue at the southeastern Connecticut casinos continued to slide in June, the first month in which a new competitor, Encore Boston Harbor...

7/2/2019

article Lawmakers seek to protect sports-betting revenues
(Connecticut) -- While Sportech Venues Inc. has the exclusive license to offer off-track betting in Connecticut, that hasn’t stopped out-of-state and online...

6/22/2019

article Encore Boston opens Sunday, promising to upend Northeast gaming
(Massachusetts) -- So Las Vegas, in the form of Encore Boston Harbor, arrives here Sunday on the edge of Beantown, promising to upend Northeast gaming. Some questions...

6/20/2019

article Connecticut Lawmakers Could Pass Sports Betting In 2019
(Connecticut) -- There are currently three sports betting bills in committee that if enacted, would legalize sports gambling in the state of Connecticut. When it comes...

6/15/2019

article Smith: Connecticut lottery wants Millennials to play
(Connecticut) -- When was the last time you walked into a place, say a convenience store, and bought a lottery ticket? Your answer might depend on your age. If you are...

6/14/2019

article OP/ED: Next up: Connecticut Gaming 3.0
(Connecticut) -- If the 1971 establishment of the Commission on Special Revenue — the state lottery — was Connecticut Gaming 1.0, and the opening of the two...

6/10/2019

article Tolls and gambling among Connecticut legislature’s unfinished work
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's 2019 regular legislative session may be in the history books, but that doesn't mean the work of state lawmakers is finished for...

6/9/2019

article EDITORIAL: A pause on tolls, marijuana and more gaming
(Connecticut) -- You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out. The games that get rained out are played another day, and that's what will likely happen to...

6/7/2019

article Lamont says any casino proposal for Bridgeport must include tribes
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday that any casino development in Bridgeport needs to include the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes that...

6/6/2019

article Elicker: Casino Jobs Are Bad Bet
(Connecticut) -- Casino jobs don’t equal good jobs. So argued mayoral candidate Justin Elicker, who reacted to the latest news about a fledgling casino project by...

6/5/2019

article Amid Revenue Dip, New England Casinos Brace For More Competition
(USA) -- There weren’t a lot of showers in April, but that didn’t stop the month from raining on the New England casino industry’s parade. After a...

6/4/2019

article Bridgeport Casino: Ganim Weighs In On Location, Potential Job Creation
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport’s mayor has acknowledged that his city is having what he called “strong conversations” with the state’s two tribal...
article Hope dims for gambling bill before session adjourns
(Connecticut) -- Hopes of reaching a last-minute deal with Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes on a wide-ranging gambling bill are waning. But House...
article New Haven snubbed in Bridgeport casino talks
(Connecticut) -- As city lawmakers make a last ditch, high-stakes play for a casino before the legislative session ends, they appear to have left a gambling partner...

6/3/2019

article CT tribes make counteroffer on Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two Native American tribes made a counteroffer Sunday to Bridgeport’s proposed $350 million resort casino development as talks...
article Tribes Representing Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Talking With Bridgeport About Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- The city of Bridgeport may finally host a casino. But a new plan to bring a casino to Fairfield County might include the two tribal nations that...
article Free CT community college tuition hinges on online lottery games
(Connecticut) -- A plan to help thousands of first-time students - regardless of income - attend college cost-free is in the proposed budget bill, but whether it happens...

6/1/2019

article State, local leaders talk deal with tribes to bring casino to Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- State and local leaders say they’re close to reaching a deal with Connecticut's two major Native American tribes that could finally bring...
article Tribes, Bridgeport near casino deal that could replace MGM plan
(Connecticut) -- The city of Bridgeport and Connecticut’s two Native American tribes are close to a deal that would deliver a casino resort worth at least $350...

5/31/2019

article Bridgeport Casino Discussed as Part of Gambling Grand Bargain
(Connecticut) -- An idealized casino in Bridgeport could be a lynchpin to get the budget across the finish line in the final days of the legislative session. It would...
article Bridgeport casino negotiations advance
(Connecticut) -- A deal to bring a tribal casino to Bridgeport is closer than it has been in decades, but still faces long odds, sources involved in the negotiations...
article City officials, tribes in talks over Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Playing long odds, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have engaged in negotiations with Bridgeport officials eager to bring a casino to their...
article New Proposal Would Bring Casino To Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport city officials and the state's two Native American tribes are closing in on a deal that would bring a casino to the Park City. Members of...
article Top Democrat hoping to craft gambling deal with tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's House Speaker said Friday he was trying to throw a "Hail Mary pass" to reach a deal with the state's two federally...
article Tribal Casino Deal In The Works For Bridgeport, Conn., Might Bump MGM Plans
(Connecticut) -- The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, may finally host a casino — but it might be the state’s two tribal nations, and not MGM, that back the...
article Tribes, Bridgeport say they’re close to casino deal, but project remains a longshot
(Connecticut) -- The city of Bridgeport and Connecticut’s two Native American tribes are nearing a deal that could bring a casino to the state’s largest city...
article Tribes, Connecticut lawmakers near Bridgeport casino deal that would freeze out MGM
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes appear close to a deal for a casino in Bridgeport, a move that could freeze MGM out of the state. The deal...

5/30/2019

article EDITORIAL: Plan for third casino could still work
(Connecticut) -- A plan for a third casino in Connecticut that would have made sense for all parties was on the table and apparently had support at the highest levels....
article Tribes, Bridgeport near casino deal that could replace MGM plan
(Connecticut) -- The city of Bridgeport and Connecticut’s two Native American tribes are close to a deal that would deliver a casino resort worth at least $350...

5/29/2019

article Haar: Lamont’s gaming deal dies as clock winds down
(Connecticut) -- We’d like to think Connecticut came close to a super-deal to resolve its long running casino stalemate this spring. The details make as much sense...

5/25/2019

press release Free gambling seminar set for May 30
(Connecticut) -- The Region 1 Gambling Awareness Team is hosting a free seminar entitled “Legalized Sports Wagering: A Good Bet for Connecticut?” Thursday,...

5/24/2019

article CN opponent to gambling see uphill battle
(Connecticut) -- Expanded gambling legislation in Connecticut is receiving renewed onslaught from a group affiliated to the United Church of Christ. The opponents to the...

5/23/2019

article Connecticut tribal casinos report decrease in slot revenue
(Connecticut) -- Both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have recorded a 12% decrease in slot revenue in April. This makes it the tenth consecutive month in decline for the two...

5/22/2019

article Slot Revenue Decreases in Connecticut Tribal Casinos
(Connecticut) -- The slot revenue of two Connecticut tribal casinos has decreased by 12% in April 2019. Both Mohegan and Foxwoods have posted year-over-year decrease in...
article Shelton mayor: It’s time for a casino in Bridgeport.
(Connecticut) -- Longevity provides perspective, and I’ve been in Connecticut long enough to recognize when the status quo will no longer serve us well.

5/21/2019

article Connecticut casinos post decrease in slot revenue
(Connecticut) -- The two tribal casinos in Connecticut have experienced underwhelming financial results in April. The casinos reported on Wednesday that their slot...

5/16/2019

article ICE North America: Tribal leader optimistic Connecticut will have sports betting deal
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman on Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot tribe is optimistic a deal can be reached approving sports betting in the state during the...
article Lauretti: Competitive casino bidding process is vital for Bridgeport and Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- In 1991, when casino gambling came to Connecticut and Bridgeport was in contention, I did not support the idea. At the time, I thought more could be...

5/14/2019

article Connecticut Governor Delays Tribal Casino Support
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut is a town that could potentially become the next big casino place, but that will not happen in the near future, according to the...

5/13/2019

article Connecticut may postpone sports betting until 2020
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut was one of the states earmarked to legalize sports betting at the beginning of 2019, with a bill already in play that appeared to have the...

5/12/2019

article Governor, tribes weren’t on same page in gaming talks
(Connecticut) -- For decades, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and the state have been partners. The gaming agreements that bind them grant the tribes the...

5/10/2019

article Tribal Casinos in Connecticut Want Sports Betting By Any Means Necessary
(Connecticut) -- It appears that the 2019 Connecticut legislative session will end without the advancement of legalized sports betting. After a speaking engagement in...

5/9/2019

article Connecticut Governor Backs Bridgeport Tribal Casino, But Concedes No Gaming Expansion Legislation in 2019
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) said this week that while he supports allowing the state’s two Native American tribes to build a casino resort...

5/8/2019

article Business owners hoping for big things with East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- North-central Connecticut is hoping for an economic boom from the potential construction and opening of a new casino in East Windsor. The federal...
article Governor Fumbles On Tribal Negotiations, Says Sports Betting, Gaming Bills Likely Off For Now
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting and other gaming-related bills are not likely to come out of this legislative session, according to Governor Ned Lamont. But it took some...
article Lamont backs tribal casino in Bridgeport, sources say
(Connecticut) -- As gambling negotiations with the Connecticut tribes enter their fifth month, Gov. Ned Lamont is privately inclined to back efforts to bring a tribal...
article Lamont sees no deal on gambling in ’19 session
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont’s efforts to negotiate a grand bargain with the state’s two federally recognized tribes about casino expansion and the...
article New England Casinos Saw A Revenue Surge In March. Here's Why
(Connecticut) -- Spring is a magical time in the Northeast. As the weather warms, and the hours of sunlight increase, New Englanders that have spent four-plus months...

5/6/2019

article Connecticut Tackles Gambling Problem In Southeast Asian Community
(Connecticut) -- Experts say Asian Americans may have a heightened risk for problem gambling. Fortune and luck are big in some Asian cultures, and the tradition of...

5/4/2019

article Pot, tolls, gambling, taxes: Here’s where they stand
(Connecticut) -- Tolls, pot, gambling, debt and taxes. They are among the most contentious issues in what has been an intriguing first legislative session with Ned...

5/3/2019

article Legislature OKs shorter warnings on lottery tickets
(Florida) -- Warning labels on Florida Lottery tickets won the support of the House Friday, and the legislation now heads to the Governor’s desk. The bill (HB 629...

4/30/2019

article Casino expansion opponents discuss social costs at public forum
(Connecticut) -- Opponents of casino expansion in Connecticut argued their case Tuesday at a public forum, discussing potential social and economic drawbacks of...

4/29/2019

article Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Special Session to Legalize Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers say they will consider a special legislative session if sports betting isn’t legalized before the General Assembly’s...
article Odds Growing Longer on Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- The odds seems to be growing longer on sports betting in Connecticut - at least in the short term. Even though the matter was legalized by the U.S....
article Tribal Winds Casino Project Moving Forward
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes today announced that MMCT Venture has wired $1 million to the state Department of Consumer Protection,...

4/28/2019

article Sports betting, marijuana get bogged down as legislators fight over details
(Connecticut) -- When Democrat Ned Lamont was elected governor, advocates were emboldened and believed they could finally legalize two items that had eluded them...

4/27/2019

article Tribes make $1 million payment to state for East Windsor project
(Connecticut) -- MMCT Venture, the Mashantucket Pequot-Mohegan partnership set to develop a commercial casino in East Windsor, has made a $1 million payment to the state...
article Sports betting, marijuana get bogged down as legislators fight over details
(Connecticut) -- When Democrat Ned Lamont was elected governor, advocates were emboldened and believed they could finally legalize two items that had eluded them...

4/26/2019

article Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes transfer $1 Million to state for Tribal Winds Casino project
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes have wired $1 Million to the state as a first step towards building their new casino in East Windsor. The money for...
article Tribes submit $1 million payment for casino regulatory costs
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two federally recognized Native American tribes have made a $1 million payment to the Department of Consumer Protection to help cover...

4/20/2019

article Connecticut’s Tribal Winds Casino Plan Stymied by Department of Interior Attempt to Block Opening
(Connecticut) -- The Department of Interior had a secret meeting, led by then Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, to block the opening of the $300 million dollar new...

4/19/2019

article New Interior leader had 'absolutely nothing to do with' stalled tribal casino
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is issuing a strong denial in connection with a stalled tribally-owned casino in Connecticut. In...

4/18/2019

article East Windsor Tribal Casino Controversy Ramps Up as Year-Old DOI Secret Meeting Surfaces
(Washington D.C.) -- Continuing friction over Connecticut’s planned Tribal Winds Casino took a new twist this week with the revelation that Department of the...
article CT casino guest guilty of fraud
(Connecticut) -- An Indian national whom authorities say swindled $800,000 in a "provisional credit'' scheme while staying and gambling at Connecticut...

4/6/2019

article Lessons for CT from a big sports day in a legal-betting state
(New Jersey) -- Ten minutes before the tip off, Michael Brandon walked up to a row of FanDuel bookmakers to lay $60 on Gonzaga covering the five-point spread against...

4/5/2019

article Opponents to expanded gambling in Connecticut realistic about ‘uphill battle’
(Connecticut) -- A couple dozen members of United Church of Christ congregations met Friday at the Capitol to lobby lawmakers against an expansion of gambling, but they...

4/3/2019

article House takes up tribe legislation
(Connecticut) -- The rift between Massachusetts and Rhode Island over the prospect of a Mashpee Wampanoag casino near their shared border was aired out Wednesday before...
article The Good & The Bad About New England’s Casino Revenue In February
(Connecticut) -- Despite February possessing three fewer days in the month, all eight New England casinos were able to exceed January’s slot revenue tally.

4/2/2019

article As Connecticut considers adding casinos and sports betting, some ask whether there are enough gamblers in New England
(Connecticut) -- A decade and a half ago, the Northeast was a gambling land of opportunity, with just two locations — Atlantic City and Connecticut — locking up billions...

4/1/2019

article Former Capitol Police Chief Warns Legislators about Expanding Gambling
(Connecticut) -- In his heyday, Billy Morgan was the affable Capitol police chief who was known personally by governors and respected by top legislators as a consummate...

3/27/2019

article Connecticut Casino Receives Federal Approval in Sudden Shift
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is already the home of two of the better-known casinos in the country – Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.
article Connecticut tribes win feds' approval for up to $400M casino
(Connecticut) -- Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a change this week to the country’s Native American tribal...

3/26/2019

article Connecticut Residents Bet In Rhode Island As Local Lawmakers Look For Ways To Cash In
(Connecticut) -- Last year, the United States Supreme Court opened the door for states to make it legal to bet on sports. More recently, Connecticut lawmakers voted to...
article Tribe and State Withdraw Suit Against Department of Interior
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequots have withdrawn a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, which recently approved an off-reservation...

3/25/2019

article East Windsor casino subject of lawsuit over zoning permit, site plan
(Connecticut) -- Having finally secured the last federal approval they needed for their East Windsor casino project, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes on Monday...

3/24/2019

article Connecticut’s gambling future uncertain, despite federal action
(Connecticut) -- The federal government may have finally given the go-ahead to a satellite tribal casino in East Windsor, but that doesn't mean the debate over...

3/23/2019

article Legal gambling foes say their concerns are being ignored and the state is merely thinking about the revenue
(Connecticut) -- The voices opposing more legalized gambling are struggling to be heard as Connecticut verges on the biggest expansion of wagering since the introduction...

3/22/2019

article Interior Department Backtracks On Casino Decision After Tribal Lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department approved a new tribal casino in Connecticut, reversing its original decision to scuttle the project after a tribe involved...
article Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal investigation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department is reversing course on an initial decision to ban two Native American tribes from building a casino, an issue at the core of...
article Dept. of Interior Says Two Native American Tribes Can Build Casino Opposed By MGM
(Connecticut) -- The Department of Interior decided two native American tribes can proceed in developing a Connecticut casino that MGM Resorts strongly opposed.
article Tribes: Casino work to begin after Interior Dept. gives final approval
(Connecticut) -- Construction of the Tribal Winds Casino is set to begin, bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the region, following the U.S. Department...

3/21/2019

article Connecticut tribes receive federal go-head for casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes have received long-awaited approval from the federal government to push ahead with plans for an off-...
article East Windsor anticipates $8.5 million a year from Tribal Winds casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots are ready to start construction of their Tribal Winds casino now that the Department of the Interior has given a...
article Federal Government Paves The Way for Tribal Winds Casino
(Connecticut) -- A third casino in Connecticut could be open in 18 to 24 months as the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially signed off on...
article Interior approval breathes new life into East Windsor casino project
(Connecticut) -- A federal agency revived the East Windsor casino project Thursday, announcing it will publish notice next week of its approval of the Mashantucket...
article Interior Approves Casino Deal At The Center Of Ryan Zinke’s Legal Troubles
(Connecticut) -- The Interior Department has signed off on a tribal casino project in Connecticut, abruptly reversing a previous decision that is the focus of an ongoing...
article Trump official reconsiders, OK’s casino in East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- With its former leader facing a criminal investigation of potential political influence, the U.S. Department of Interior abruptly reversed course...

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