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The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees

Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards. It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in the U.S. in late 1990.

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Connecticut Gaming

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...
article MGM says it might go to court over East Windsor casino plan
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International, parent company of the MGM Springfield resort casino, said Thursday it still hopes to build a casino in Bridgeport and said it...

3/20/2019

article Bill allows EW casino
(Connecticut) -- The Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor and a proposed gambling facility in Bridgeport got the backing of a legislative committee Tuesday, but the...
article Connecticut Committee Advances Sports Betting, Plus Bridgeport and East Windsor Casino Bills
(Connecticut) -- A glut of Connecticut gambling expansion bills advanced from the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford on Tuesday, with the understanding...
article Connecticut, New Hampshire push gambling bills into home stretch
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut and New Hampshire are both moving forward with their respective gambling expansion plans. Lawmakers in the two states have been busy trying...
article Sports Betting One Step Closer To Being Legal In Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Proposals that would expand gaming in Connecticut are on their way to the floor of the state legislature. Lawmakers passed several bills Tuesday,...

3/19/2019

article Committee sends all gaming bills to House, Senate
(Connecticut) -- A legislative panel endorsed more than a half-dozen gaming bills Tuesday, approving measures that would establish competitive bidding for a casino,...
article Gambling bills get initial OK; more discussion expected
(Connecticut) -- Bills touching on nearly every aspect of Connecticut gambling, from casinos to sports wagering, have cleared their first legislative hurdle. The Public...
article Legislative committee moves forward on East Windsor, Bridgeport casino bills
(Connecticut) -- In an ongoing battle over gambling expansion, a key legislative committee pushed forward two competing bills Tuesday to approve new casinos in East...
article New sports betting proposal considered by Connecticut lawmakers
(Connecticut) -- The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee will vote Tuesday on whether to support gambling expansion in Connecticut through sports...

3/17/2019

article Casinos report eighth straight month of year-over-year decreases in slot-machine revenue
(Connecticut) -- Slot machine revenue at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun tipped upward slightly in February, a positive note for the casinos. Still, numbers are down...
article Rep. Riley: Connecticut needs to legalize sports betting - now
(Connecticut) -- The Supreme Court’s affirmative decision last year to allow the states to decide whether or not they will permit legal sports betting set in...

3/16/2019

article Potential vendors outline how sports betting could work through CT Lottery
(Connecticut) -- As Connecticut legislators debate whether to legalize sports betting and who should be allowed to take wagers if they do, the CT Lottery has begun to...

3/15/2019

article Legislative leader says it's crucial to pass sports betting
(Connecticut) -- A top Democratic leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives says it's crucial the state enact legalized sports betting this during this year...
article Casinos report eighth straight month of year-over-year decreases in slot-machine revenue
(Connecticut) -- Slot machine revenue at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun tipped upward slightly in February, a positive note for the casinos. Still, numbers are down...
article Casinos’ losing streak hits eight months
(Connecticut) -- Both of southeastern Connecticut’s tribal casinos reported an eighth straight month of year-over-year decreases in their slot-machine revenues...
article CT casinos record eighth straight month of declining slot revenues
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two tribal casinos on Friday each reported a decrease in February slot revenues, marking their eighth consecutive month in decline....

3/14/2019

article Push for legal sports betting in Connecticut raises thorny questions about gambling addiction
(Connecticut) -- Before Adam Osmond was an addict whose life had been upended by gambling, he was just a guy buying a scratch ticket. At the time, Osmond owned a gas...
article Connecticut sports gambling bill faces vocal opposition in committee
(Connecticut) -- Last we checked, Connecticut had a new sports gambling bill to consider, and it was expected to sail through committee with very little resistance. Now...

3/13/2019

article A Question In Connecticut Sports Betting: What’s A Casino Game?
(Connecticut) -- Whether Connecticut sports betting constitutes a casino game was a key part of the discussion Tuesday in a committee hearing. The Public Safety and...
article Contentious Connecticut Sports Betting Hearing Solves Nothing
(Connecticut) -- For the second time in two weeks, Connecticut lawmakers had a marathon sports betting hearing that focused more on the minutiae than the idea of...

3/12/2019

article Connecticut Lottery Seeking Sports Betting Operator's License
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Lottery wants to partner up with the state on sports betting. Lawmakers are considering multiple operators for any potential rollout of...
article Five key takeaways from Tuesday’s public safety committee hearings on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- For the second time in two weeks, members of Connecticut’s legislative public safety committee heard testimony Tuesday about the nuances of sports...
article Gambling everywhere and on credit could be coming to Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- How do you feel about gambling everywhere in Connecticut? How about being able to do it with a credit or debit card account on your smartphone? That...
article Opponents of casino and sports betting bills press lawmakers for studies
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut’s long-running debate over gambling expansion, theirs is the voice that tends to get drowned out: the opponents. But late Tuesday...
article CT gambling debate: Former police chief warns of gaming risks
(Connecticut) -- When former Capitol Police Chief Bill Morgan began buying lottery scratch tickets every day, he knew he had a gambling problem. When he went to the...

3/10/2019

article Panel schedules more debate on sports-betting, other gaming legislation
(Connecticut) -- Another public hearing on proposed sports-betting legislation and other gaming-related matters is on tap this week in Hartford. The legislature’s...
article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Off-Track, Lottery, and Mobile Wagering, Leagues Would Get Cut
(Connecticut) -- A Connecticut sports betting bill dropped in the General Assembly this week wouldn’t just restrict wagering to casinos, it would offer off-track...

3/5/2019

article Connecticut’s gambling efforts may hit a snag amidst federal probe
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is currently considering four gambling bills that cover different aspects of the activity. However, there may be trouble ahead for at least...
article These Two Factors Took A Toll On Connecticut Tribal Casinos In January
(Connecticut) -- New England casinos were the beneficiaries of an unseasonably warm December, but they weren’t as fortunate in January. The return of typical New...

3/4/2019

article Local leaders make case for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Local elected and economic leaders made their case for a third casino in East Windsor and not in Bridgeport to the governor on Monday, saying the solid...
article Mohegan Tribe Reacts To Possible Investigation Of Decision On East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- A federal agency decision not to approve a new tribal casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, is reportedly under investigation. A representative of the...

3/1/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Facing Many Issues
(Connecticut) -- A public hearing in Connecticut that lasted nearly 11 straight hours on Tuesday addressed multiple issues that say legal sports betting in the Nutmeg...
article CT casino expansion takes legislative step forward
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety & Security Committee voted on Thursday to draft two pieces of legislation aimed at casino...
article Tribes, Bridgeport legislator toast bill that would extend hours of liquor service
(Connecticut) -- Here’s something the casino-owning tribes and a Bridgeport lawmaker agree on: later hours of liquor sales. State Rep. Christopher Rosario, a...

2/28/2019

article Key legislative committee moves forward on casino expansion
(Connecticut) -- Legislators have clashed sharply over potential casino expansion in Connecticut, but they joined together Thursday to help push two competing bills...
article What could be inside Lamont’s secret casino plan?
(Connecticut) -- It's hard to imagine decision-makers for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians and MGM Resorts all sitting amiably around a table and carving...
article Former Manager Bobby Valentine Calls for Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox baseball manager Bobby Valentine came to the state Capitol complex this week to support legalized sports betting...

2/27/2019

article Conn. Legislature Holds Hearing On Gambling Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The owners of Connecticut’s two Indian tribal casinos are again warning lawmakers that the state could lose up to $250 million a year in slot...
article Connecticut Hearing Highlights Difficulties Of Sports Betting Legalization
(Connecticut) -- Analysts and pundits are predicting a wave of states will legalize sports betting in 2019. If Tuesday’s marathon hearing in Connecticut is any...
article East Windsor Casino, Sports Betting Debated As Connecticut Considers Gaming Expansion
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are taking up several gambling related bills, including ones that would expand sports betting and another on a proposed East Windsor...
article EW casino at center of bills to expand gambling
(Connecticut) -- The future of the Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor has become a battle between the state’s two Native American tribes and worldwide powerhouse...
article Sports Betting Talk Lost In The Shuffle In Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- If you think that Tuesday’s 10-hour, 45-minute marathon public hearing on gaming issues in Hartford must have left plenty of time for a robust...
article Tribal Exclusivity Again At The Fore In Connecticut Sports Betting Hearing
(Connecticut) -- A public hearing including Connecticut sports betting carried on for 11 straight hours Tuesday, with one clear theme emerging through it. In the latest...

2/26/2019

article Legislators, officials spar over whether tribes have exclusive right to sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Testimony from several dozen sports-betting stakeholders in front of the legislative public safety committee Tuesday exposed a stark divide between...
article Lawmakers hear from tribes, Valentine on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Casino executives, lottery officials, and even former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine traveled to Connecticut’s Capitol on Tuesday,...

2/25/2019

article Criminal probe in D.C. leads to East Windsor casino plan
(Washington D.C.) -- A reported investigation into former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s delay in the tribal casino plan for East Windsor has prompted an...
article Gambling bills on the table
(Connecticut) -- Several gambling-related bills will be the focus of a public hearing Tuesday, including one that would circumvent federal approval, making way for the...
article Governor’s scheduled meeting with tribal casino backers postponed
(Connecticut) -- A Tuesday meeting hosted by Mayor Peter Nystrom between Gov. Ned Lamont and southeastern Connecticut business leaders and elected officials about the...
article Lamont’s casino meeting in Norwich postponed
(Connecticut) -- A planned appearance by Governor Ned Lamont in Norwich Tuesday has been postponed, and rescheduled to March 4, Mayor Peter Nystrom said.
article Lawmakers to hear from tribes, others on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are beginning to craft legislation that would legalize sports betting in Connecticut. The Legislature's Public Safety and Security...
article What are the odds for sports betting in CT this year?
(Connecticut) -- A bill legalizing sports betting in Connecticut never made it to the finish line in 2018, but proponents are hoping for a different result this year....

2/24/2019

article Casino, sports betting bills scheduled for hearing Tuesday
(Connecticut) -- In his budget address last week, Gov. Ned Lamont mentioned the state’s need to “enact new sources of revenues, such as sports betting and...

2/22/2019

article Connecticut Sets First Sports Betting Hearing
(Connecticut) -- When Connecticut lawmakers held one of the first public hearings on sports betting in the nation in 2018, there were plenty of fireworks. Among the...

2/20/2019

article Federal judge allows Mashantucket tribe to refile lawsuit on Connecticut's Interior Department
(Connecticut) -- One of the two Connecticut tribes still lacks federal approval for a proposed casino in East Windsor. The Mashantucket Pequots believe MGM influenced...

2/19/2019

article Judge: CT, Pequots can renew lawsuit against decision blocking E. Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- A federal judge has ruled the state and Mashantucket Pequot tribe can refile their 2017 lawsuit against former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke alleging he...
article Pequot tribe, Connecticut can refile federal suit to force decision on East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe have another opportunity to prove in federal court that the Trump administration and former...
article U.S. judge rules that Connecticut, Mashantuckets may resume 2017 lawsuit against former Interior secretary
(Connecticut) -- A federal judge has ruled that Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe may resume their 2017 lawsuit against former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan...
article Eastern CT mayors rallying against Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- A growing number of mayors and first selectmen in eastern Connecticut are organizing a unified effort to oppose an MGM casino in Bridgeport. Norwich...
article Connecticut Casinos See Ongoing Slot Revenue Decline, Neighboring State Competition, Less Disposable Income Blamed
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos are both seeing drops in slot machine revenue for the seventh straight month. And the continuing...

2/17/2019

article VIDEO: Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods report more drops in slots revenue
(Connecticut) -- The state's two casinos are both reporting another monthly drop in slot-machine revenue. It marks the seventh straight month that slots revenues...

2/16/2019

article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods report 7-month drop in slot revenue
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two casinos are reporting a continued decline in slot-machine revenue. January marked the seventh straight month that the slot...

2/14/2019

article How A New Governor Could Help Connecticut Sports Betting Over The Hump
(Connecticut) -- A change in governors could be just what Connecticut sports betting needs to finally get up and running. Last August, then-Gov. Dannel Malloy was...

2/13/2019

article Casinos’ revenues were down slightly in October-December quarter
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun posted modest declines in revenue during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the first full three-month period in...

2/9/2019

article Lender: From tribes to MGM to MLB, big interests paying lobbyists $2 million to influence bills on sports betting, casinos
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s considerable cadre of government-influencing operatives have landed contracts totaling nearly $2 million this year to lobby state...

2/8/2019

article The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees
(Connecticut) -- Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards. It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in...

2/7/2019

article Who could operate sports betting in Connecticut? Tribes, MGM, CT Lottery, off-track locations all angle for piece of new industry
(Connecticut) -- Senate Democrats offered a glimpse Wednesday of how legal sports betting might work in Connecticut, announcing a bill that would establish casinos and...

2/4/2019

article OP/ED: Casino Indians' monopoly doesn't cover political pull
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two casino Indian tribes complained last week to a General Assembly committee that their rival MGM, operator of the new casino just...
article PODCAST: The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes talk about the East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes compete against each other every day at their Connecticut casinos, located just miles apart in the eastern...

2/3/2019

article The Real Story: Tribal Chairs on casinos, sports betting, and their future in CT
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s federally recognized tribes are renewing their push for a casino in East Windsor. Mohegan Tribal Chair Kevin Brown...

2/2/2019

article Connecticut Tribes Forging Ahead With East Windsor Casino, And A Pot Bust Raises Questions
(Connecticut) -- The operators of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut say they want to move ahead with a joint casino in East Windsor, designed to...

2/1/2019

article Conn. Lawmakers Propose Bill Seen To Support MGM Casino (sub req)
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers representing Bridgeport, Connecticut, have proposed creating a gaming commission to oversee competitive bidding for licenses to build...

1/31/2019

article Feds: Man ran scam from CT casinos
(Connecticut) -- Federal authorities said a foreign national has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged $800,000 bank-fraud scheme that victimized...

1/30/2019

article Tribes say East Windsor casino is viable and necessary
(Connecticut) -- Competition from the MGM Springfield casino has been less damaging than expected to Connecticut's two tribal casinos, but leaders of the...
article Tribes: MGM got to feds
(Connecticut) -- Tribal leaders said Tuesday that officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior assured them they would get approval to build the Tribal Winds...

1/29/2019

article Third-casino bill eliminating need for federal approval could hinge on legal opinion
(Connecticut) -- A legal opinion that former Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen slipped into the third-casino debate won’t go away. It re-emerged Tuesday...
article Tribal Winds is the new name for stalled East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes have unveiled the new name of their proposed East Windsor casino as Tribal...
article Tribes assure lawmakers they’re committed to border casino
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes tried to assure state lawmakers Tuesday they remain committed to opening their Tribal...
article Tribes give lawmakers update on East Windsor casino after plans halted
(Connecticut) -- We are shovel ready.” Those words today from the state's two tribal leaders. The chairman of the Mashantucket’s and the Mohegans gave...
article Tribes tell lawmakers they're ready to move forward with East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- The tribal chairmen of Connecticut's two federally recognized Native American tribes that operate the two casinos greeted the legislative chairs of...
article Tribes tout EW casino jobs, cash, new name
(Connecticut) -- The two Indian tribes attempting to build a casino in East Windsor have renewed their promotion of the facility with a name change, dubbing it the...
article What’s next: Tribal casinos renew push for state legislation for East Windsor site
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut’s two tribal-owned casinos returned to the General Assembly Tuesday to urge newly installed lawmakers to enact additional...
article Tribes assure Connecticut lawmakers they’re committed to border casino that would compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes tried to assure state lawmakers yesterday they remain committed to opening their...

1/28/2019

article East Windsor casino has a name, ‘Tribal Winds,’ but no start date
(Connecticut) -- Stressing the “shovel ready” status of their long-stalled East Windsor casino project, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes on Monday...
article Tribal Winds: East Windsor casino project has new name, new push from Foxwoods and Mohegan to compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- The Native American Tribes in Connecticut unveiled Monday the name they have in mind for their East Windsor casino project: Tribal Winds. The...
article Tribes name planned East Windsor casino “Tribal Winds”
(Connecticut) -- MMCT Venture LLC, a joint venture formed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, said Monday it will name its casino in East Windsor “...
article With new brand name, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots launch campaign for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- It’s a new year with a new legislature and governor -- and now there’s a new name for the proposed third casino in Connecticut. The joint...

1/26/2019

article Mixed Feelings About Connecticut's Gambling Revenue Forecast Adjustment
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut officials seem less concerned about potential impacts the MGM Springfield casino is having on slot machine revenue at the two tribal casinos...
article Could southeastern Connecticut have the country’s loosest slots?
(Connecticut) -- Welcome to Round 1,001 of Connecticut's endless game of charting its public policy toward gambling. One big difference, as the legislature opens yet...

1/25/2019

article Connecticut senators file new sports betting bill
(Connecticut) -- Eight Connecticut senators have jointly filed a new bill with the aim of legalising sports betting in the US state. SB 665 intends to establish...
article OP/ED: Sports betting: A vice that could become a virtue
(Connecticut) -- To a great extent Connecticut relies on income from casino gambling to balance the state budget. Years ago no one could have envisioned that casino...

1/24/2019

article Sports Betting in Connecticut – The Whole Story So Far
(Connecticut) -- Gambling in Connecticut has been a vehemently debated subject which reached a crescendo around the time of PASPA’s repeal, but seemed to gather...

1/23/2019

article Bill tracker: Where do key issues stand in the Connecticut legislature?
(Connecticut) -- Stay up to date on the important issues facing Connecticut including debates over tolls, marijuana and the minimum wage by following The Courant’s...

1/22/2019

article State increases estimates for casino slot machine revenue
(Connecticut) -- State officials say they are raising their estimates for slot machine revenue from Connecticut’s two casinos. In a report issued last week, the...
article Lamont Seeks To Broker Deal On Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said he wants to arrange a meeting between the state’s two federally recognized Native American tribes and with...

1/21/2019

article State raises estimates for casinos’ slots-revenue payments
(Connecticut) -- State officials have raised their estimates of the slot-machine revenue they expect southeastern Connecticut's casinos to generate in the current...
article Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, State Tribes Hash Out Possible Bridgeport Gaming Options, Controversy Still Swirls
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resort’s proposal to build a large casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut — already opposed by many surrounding towns — is now facing a...
article Lamont is a new player in state’s gambling battles
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...
article Lamont seeks path around ‘legal mud’ of gambling wars
(Connecticut) -- Union members turned out at a rally in New Haven in support of a plan by MGM Resorts International to develop a casino in Bridgeport. Similar rallies...
article Lamont trying to get through casino 'legal mud’
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...
article Connecticut Sports Betting Takes Step Forward as Governor Pushes to Legalize It
(Connecticut) -- Sports gambling is slowly inching towards legalization in many states, and it seems like its found another supporter in the northeast. That's...

1/20/2019

article Lamont seeks path around ‘legal mud’ of gambling wars
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...

1/19/2019

article Lamont asked tribes to ‘look into’ a Bridgeport project
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has asked the chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to consider a development of some sort in Bridgeport, Kevin Brown,...
article Tribes say Lamont wants them to look at Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- In an exclusive interview, the tribal chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, Rodney Butler and the tribal chairman of the Mohegan tribe, Kevin Brown...

1/18/2019

article Bill renews effort to repeal authorization for tribes’ East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- A proposed bill that surfaced Friday could rekindle the third-casino debate — again. Introduced by a lawmaker whose district includes parts of...

1/16/2019

article OTBs making strong case for sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut residents bet about $150 million a year on horse and dog racing and jai alai games displayed on big screens at Off Track Betting facilities...

1/15/2019

article Committee heads differ on future of gambling
(Connecticut) -- In a critical year for gambling in Connecticut, there are three Democrats at the center of a crucial legislative committee who appear poised to clash....
article Another ‘down’ month for casinos, but declines not so steep
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino’s slot-machine revenue declined by 5.2 percent last month while Mohegan Sun’s was down by less than 1 percent,...
article CT casino Dec. slot revenues down slightly
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday again reported a slight dip in December slot revenues. Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) said...

1/14/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Introduced for 2019
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly will once again take up sports betting. After more than a year of deliberations in previous legislative sessions,...

1/12/2019

article OP/ED: If Connecticut legalizes sports betting, we will need a stronger safety net
(Connecticut) -- As Connecticut’s legislature reconvenes, there will likely be a myriad of bills regarding expanded legalized gambling on the agenda —...
article Sports betting on front burner at State Capitol
(Connecticut) -- The co-chairman of the legislative committee that oversees gambling in the state says sports betting will be one of the first big public hearings of the...

1/10/2019

article Reading The Signs: Will Connecticut Legalize Online Gambling, Sports Betting in 2019?
(Connecticut) -- This is the first part in an ongoing OPR series outlining the states most likely to pass online gambling and/or sports betting legislation in 2019....

1/9/2019

article In Osten, region has a rare representative on public safety committee
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, a staunch advocate of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ efforts to develop an East Windsor casino and...

1/8/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Hand Exclusivity to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut State Sen. Cathy Osten believes sports betting can be an “early session success story” for the state legislature.
article Lawmakers set to roll dice on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- In less than 24 hours, Connecticut will have a new governor. Gov.-elect Ned Lamont will be sworn in on Wednesday, and he already has ideas on how to fix...
article Sports-betting bill would legalize practice at state’s casinos
(Connecticut) -- The legislative session doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, but several members have started early, co-sponsoring a bill that would legalize...
article Tribal supporters, MGM seek to be part of sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Various factions are angling to get a piece of the action if Connecticut pushes ahead with legalizing sports gambling in the new legislative session....
article COLUMN: Senate changes could favor MGM Resorts
(Connecticut) -- The imminent departure of three state senators could mean a new advantage for MGM Resorts’ effort to change the landscape for a third state casino.

1/7/2019

article Bill would authorize sports betting at casinos
(Connecticut) -- Aiming to jump-start the legislature’s consideration of sports betting, state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and other members of southeastern...
article Sports betting would be legalized at Connecticut casinos, online under proposed bill
(Connecticut) -- A bipartisan group of legislators from Connecticut’s southeastern delegation have submitted a bill that would establish online and in-person...
article Tribes see decline in revenues as new casino remains in limbo
(Connecticut) -- When it comes to gaming, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe didn't have such a great 2018. The Trump administration is to...

1/6/2019

article Annual reports: Casino revenues dipped in fiscal ’18
(Connecticut) -- Revenues at southeastern Connecticut's two casinos fell slightly in the last fiscal year, annual reports show. Mohegan Sun’s net revenue in...
article Here are some key questions legislators face before Connecticut residents can legally bet on sports
(Connecticut) -- When Connecticut’s new legislative session begins on Jan. 9, the state’s lawmakers will consider not only whether to legalize sports betting...

1/5/2019

article Legislators continue to debate gaming-related issues
(Connecticut) -- When it comes to gaming-related issues, the session is expected to evoke a sense of déjà vu — again. Sen. Cathy Osten, the Sprague Democrat who co...

1/3/2019

article Government Shutdown Delays Interior Department Lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The government shutdown and political standstill in Washington, DC, has led to a delay in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s lawsuit challenging...

12/30/2018

article YEAR IN REVIEW: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Resigns, Connecticut Tribes Could Benefit
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke gave his resignation to President Donald Trump over the weekend, and that’s welcomed news to...

12/29/2018

article HAAR: Looking back and looking ahead
(Connecticut) -- It has not shaped up as a blockbuster year for economy and business stories. That’s bad and good. We’d like to report that Amazon picked...
article Lender: Lottery eyes possible changes, including ending live TV drawings and using random number generators
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) is quietly examining possible changes to the drawing procedures by which it selects winning numbers in its various...

12/28/2018

article COLUMN: Connecticut should put casino rights out to bid
(Connecticut) -- No government pursuing the public interest sells something without first putting it to bid. But for almost three decades Connecticut has given casino...

12/25/2018

article 2018 brought big changes to Connecticut’s casinos
(Connecticut) -- This was a tumultuous year for two of the region’s largest employers and revenue generators — the casinos. Mohegan Sun made a big splash in...
article Top Stories 2018: No third casino
(Connecticut) -- At year’s end, Connecticut’s third casino — a project jointly pursued by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes — remains...

12/18/2018

article Conn. Lawmakers To Bypass Federal Government In Bid For Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut officials want to make a new bid for a long-planned tribal-run casino in East Windsor – even though the Interior Department brought the plan...
article THE DAY: Plan by Sen. Osten to get third casino built deserves consideration
(Connecticut) -- A proposal by state Sen. Cathy Osten to get an East Windsor casino built — legislation co-sponsored by much of our area’s local delegation — deserves...

12/17/2018

article Secretary Zinke's Legal Troubles Include Block Of Third Conn. Casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been embroiled in federal investigations. Among them – a look into his decision to block...
article With Zinke resignation, Blumenthal calls for swift federal approval of tribal casino in East Windsor
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday called on the successor to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to swiftly approve changes to the...

12/16/2018

article Tribes welcome bill to advance casino stalled by Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are hoping to revive a casino that has been stalled by the Trump administration. The...

12/14/2018

article Another slide in casinos’ year-over-year slots revenues
(Connecticut) -- Slot-machine revenues were down at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun in November, the fifth straight month in which both have experienced year-over...
article Foxwoods' slot revenue down five consecutive months
(Connecticut) -- For the fifth consecutive month, Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday reported lower slot revenues in November. Foxwoods, operated by the Mashantucket...

12/13/2018

article Bypassing feds on casino: State bill would stipulate changes made to compact don't need approval
(Connecticut) -- State legislators from the area are among the co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill to bypass the federal government's role in approving changes to...
article Connecticut Casino Bill Would Bypass DOI, Authorize East Windsor Satellite Without Federal Approval
(Connecticut) -- A bipartisan Connecticut casino bill would remove the approval requirement from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) in allowing the proposed East...

12/12/2018

article Lawmakers will make new push to complete East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- After years of delays, state legislators are making a new push to start construction on a long-stalled East Windsor casino. Two tribes that operate...

12/8/2018

article Is Connecticut ready to make legal sports betting happen? [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting could soon be legal in Connecticut with the casinos, governor-elect and speaker of the house all saying they are ready to move forward on...

12/4/2018

article CT Casinos Felt The Pinch From New Area Competitors In October
(Connecticut) -- With Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield and Rhode Island’s Twin River Tiverton in their infancy, and Encore Boston Harbor slated to open in June, it’s too...

11/24/2018

article Problem-gambling council supporting study of youth gambling in state
(Connecticut) -- Anticipating an upsurge in gambling, the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling is supporting a Yale professor’s study of problem gambling among...

11/18/2018

article Casino marketing wars heat up over bragging rights to claim "first"
(Connecticut) -- Three months ago, MGM Springfield opened its $960 million casino and entertainment complex with a parade down Main Street that offered marching bands,...

11/17/2018

article Tribes see another decline in slot machine revenues in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe continue to see declines in slot machine revenues at their casinos in Connecticut. Slot...

11/16/2018

article Connecticut casinos report double-digit decline in October slots
(Connecticut) -- Both casinos have reported a double-digit decline in their October slot-machines revenues. Mohegan Sun released figures Thursday showing it “won,...

11/15/2018

article Conn. Casinos Report Drop In Revenue
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two Native American-run casinos have both reported drops in revenue since the August opening of MGM’s new casino in...
article CT casino revenues continue to fall
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's tribal casino operators each reported a drop in revenue and wagers in October for the fourth consecutive month amid competition from...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods each report slots revenue down 10%
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino both are reporting slots revenue down about 10% in October, according to press releases from the Eastern...
article With MGM Springfield open, Connecticut slot revenues down 10 percent in October
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two tribal casinos reported dips in slot machine revenue for October, amid increased competition from MGM Springfield. Both Mohegan...

11/13/2018

article Report: CT casinos generate $3.7B economic impact in ‘16
(Connecticut) -- A new report found Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun in 2016 generated more than $3.7 billion in economic activity through jobs, wages, taxes and...

11/9/2018

article Interior moves to stop Mashantucket Pequot tribe from amending lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Tribe should not be allowed to amend its lawsuit against the department over a casino proposal, the U.S....
article Lamont takes a listening tour
(Connecticut) -- Gov.-elect Ned Lamont launched a series of strategic economic development tours Friday with a visit to Connecticut’s southeastern corner, saying...

11/7/2018

article Interior says Mashantuckets shouldn’t be allowed to amend suit
(Connecticut) -- Attorneys for the U.S. Department of the Interior argue in a new court filing that a federal judge should deny the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s bid...

11/2/2018

article Casino developers looking at options in East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- David Cappiello, a lobbyist for the joint venture of two tribes that hopes to build a casino here, said Thursday plans for the project are moving ahead...

10/31/2018

article Zinke may have had hidden agenda in position against Conn. tribes in casino war
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke gave the appearance of honest broker in holding the line against the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes in their...
article Casino proponent to provide update for East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen will hold an informational session Thursday to address concerns about the status of the proposed casino here. Selectman Andrew...

10/29/2018

article ESPN's Scott Van Pelt: Casinos must be cautious about sports-betting impact
(Connecticut) -- ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt cautioned gaming executives recently not to count on sports betting to drive traffic to their casinos. While there is a pot...

10/24/2018

article Connecticut Tribe Appealing Federal Non-Decision on Casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Native American tribes of Connecticut is appealing a court ruling that would effectively block their plans to build a joint...
article Tribal casino still on track in Connecticut despite adverse court ruling
(Connecticut) -- Rodney Butler, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and interim CEO of Foxwoods, said the tribe is planning to go ahead with the development of...

10/22/2018

article Gaming execs say third CT casino still viable
(Connecticut) -- Obituaries for Connecticut's third casino in East Windsor are in error, according to Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and...

10/21/2018

article Dan Haar: Early count shows 25 percent of MGM traffic from Conn.
(Connecticut) -- Pushing 11 p.m. on a Friday night in the packed parking garage of the new MGM Springfield casino, Josh Jericho had to settle for a shrunken spot...

10/19/2018

article State, Mashantuckets allege Interior ‘buckled’ under ‘undue political pressure’
(Washington D.C.) -- Interference by Nevada lawmakers and the White House “tainted the administrative process” that led the U.S. Department of the Interior to withhold...
article Push is on for EW casino: Pequots, state urge federal approval, cite political pressure
(Connecticut) -- The state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe are pushing again for federal approval that would allow a casino in East Windsor. They asked Wednesday to...
article Will Connecticut Follow New Mexico’s Lead Into Legal Sports Betting?
(Connecticut) -- For decades, federal law prevented New Mexico tribal casinos from offering sports betting. Then came the May 14 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court...

10/17/2018

article Tribe says 'improper political influence' led Zinke to scuttle casino
(Washington D.C.) -- An American Indian tribe in Connecticut is asking a federal court to revive its lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, alleging that he...
article Lamont eyes sports betting revenues to help seniors
(Connecticut) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont has proposed spending proceeds from legalized sports betting to restore a local property credit program...

10/15/2018

article Competitive pressures weighing on Mohegan, Foxwoods' slot revenues
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's tribal casino operators saw their slot revenues decline for a third consecutive month in September as they face new competitive...

10/11/2018

article East Windsor casino still on hold as investigation into application continues
(Connecticut) -- Two Connecticut tribes working together, providing 26 years of service, 20,000 jobs and $7-billion to the State of Connecticut, are hoping to maintain...

10/10/2018

article Halt To East Windsor Casino Puts Connecticut, Tribes At Crossroads
(Connecticut) -- In a setback to plans to open a third casino in Connecticut, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the state and tribal operators of the Foxwoods and...

10/5/2018

article East Windsor selectmen OK casino fund
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen approved an ordinance Thursday establishing a “casino impact fund” and forwarded it to a town meeting of the...

10/3/2018

article EDITORIAL: State needs a new plan to combat MGM casino competition
(Connecticut) -- It’s back in the hands of the state legislature. Plans for construction of a third Connecticut casino in East Windsor have suffered a big setback...

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