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MGM officials say Connecticut legislature 'missed an enormous opportunity' in approving East Windsor casino bill

MGM Resorts International expressed disappointment Wednesday in Connecticut lawmakers' passage of a bill that would allow the state's two federally recognized tribes to open a gaming establishment near the Massachusetts border in East Windsor.

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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...
article Federal judge throws out lawsuit against MGM Springfield brought by Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- A federal judge threw out a lawsuit a Native American tribe in Connecticut brought against the Department of the Interior as it seeks to build a casino...
article Judges Rules Against Tribes In Bid To Open East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized Native American tribes say they’re disappointed by a ruling that puts a hitch in their plan to open a...
article MGM Resorts Says Connecticut Should Hold Competitive Bidding Process After Judge Deals Blow to Tribal Plan
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts says its offer to build a $675 million commercial casino resort in Bridgeport, Connecticut, still stands after a federal judge’s...

10/2/2018

article As Gambling Expands Across Northeast, Connecticut Faces New Setback In Efforts To Add A Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- A federal judge’s ruling over the weekend adds to the legal tangle over opening Connecticut’s first casino off a tribal reservation in East...
article Connecticut Tribes Unhappy With Casino Ruling, Will Fight Back
(Connecticut) -- The two American Indian Tribes in Connecticut spoke on Monday of their disappointment regarding a weekend ruling that was made by a federal judge. The...
article East Windsor casino plan indefinitely stalled by federal judge
(Connecticut) -- The plan to bring a small aboriginal casino to the northern Connecticut community of East Windsor has reportedly been indefinitely blocked after a...
article Judge Keeps Federal Approval For East Windsor Casino Out Of Reach
(Connecticut) -- The governor signed a bill that would allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a casino in East Windsor over a year ago, but it still...

10/1/2018

article Connecticut tribes disappointed by casino ruling
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two federally recognized American Indian tribes voiced disappointment on Monday about a federal judge's ruling over the weekend...
article Fed judge derails Connecticut tribal joint venture casino project
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s proposed tribal casino expansion hit a snag over the weekend after a judge ruled that the federal government was under no obligation...
article Federal court ruling jeopardizes East Windsor casino plan
(Connecticut) -- Plans for a casino in East Windsor that would compete with MGM Springfield were dealt a setback this weekend when a federal judge issued a ruling that...
article Federal court ruling puts East Windsor casino project in limbo
(Connecticut) -- An effort by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to collaborate on a new casino on nontribal land in East Windsor received another setback this...
article What You Need To Know: A Federal Judge Deals A Setback To A Third Casino In Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut and its two federally recognized Indian tribes want to open a third Connecticut casino in East Windsor, but over the weekend a...
article Zinke, MGM prevail over tribes in casino lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this weekend, ruling that the Interior Department does not have to decide...

9/30/2018

article D.C. judge deals setback to East Windsor casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge dealt a significant blow over the weekend to the ability of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations to jointly build a...

9/29/2018

article Region’s casinos fare well in USA Today polling
(Connecticut) -- USA Today’s online readers, at least the ones that frequent casinos, have a thing for southeastern Connecticut. The publication's 10Best...

9/28/2018

article Region’s casinos fare well in USA Today polling
(Connecticut) -- USA Today’s online readers, at least the ones that frequent casinos, have a thing for southeastern Connecticut. The publication's 10Best Readers’ Choice...

9/21/2018

article Selectmen consider modifying ordinance on casino payments
(Connecticut) -- The Board of Selectmen is discussing changes to a proposed ordinance to establish a separate fund for annual $3 million payments from casino developer...

9/19/2018

article Springfield Casino Draws Big – Connecticut Casinos See Small Slot Dips
(Connecticut) -- While the Connecticut and now Massachusetts casinos go head to head, the tax coffers of both states remain big winners.

9/17/2018

article Casinos’ August slot revenues down 1 percent; MGM Springfield reports first numbers
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s two resort casinos combined to rake in nearly $95 million in slot-machine revenue in August — slightly less than during the...

9/15/2018

article EDITORIAL: Sports betting law should await next legislature
(Connecticut) -- It appears reasonable to push approval of sports betting in the state to the next legislative session. A new governor and General Assembly take office...

9/12/2018

article Connecticut braced for Massachusetts openings
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut tribal operators are braced for the opening of two new casino resorts from MGM and Wynn in neighbouring Massachusetts. The end of August saw...

9/6/2018

article Republican lawmakers at fault for inaction on sports betting, Malloy says
(Connecticut) -- Blaming Republicans, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday there’s virtually no chance the state will legalize sports betting this year. But some...

9/5/2018

article $650M water park and resort proposed in Palmer
(Connecticut) -- A development duo is proposing a $650 million water park and resort complex on 250 acres of forested hilltop that was once considered for a Mohegan Sun...

9/4/2018

article COLLINS: Why not casinos for all Connecticut cities?
(Connecticut) -- It is hard to specifically assign blame for the fact that MGM Springfield has begun to vacuum gambling business and the associated tax revenue out of...

9/3/2018

article Malloy: no dice on legal sports betting in 2018
(Connecticut) -- If a faint hope persisted that the Connecticut legislature would consider legalizing sports betting in 2018, that hope now seems snuffed out. At best,...

9/1/2018

article Connecticut tribal casinos gear up for Wynn, MGM competition
(Connecticut) -- At Bradley International, the airport serving Hartford, Connecticut, MGM Resorts International had a banner asking travelers if they would rather go to...

8/30/2018

article The Details on How Sports Gambling Died this Year in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- A framework for what sports betting would look like was presented to lawmakers over a month ago based on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration...
article East Windsor casino is not a done deal yet
(Connecticut) -- East Windsor could soon become home to a third tribal casino run cooperatively by the Native American tribes that own and operate Mohegan Sun and...

8/29/2018

article COLUMN: Lack of urgency is costing state a chance to cash in on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Many of us who follow sports passionately, and even for those whose interests are more tepid, have bet on a sporting event. You know a guy who knows a...
article Sports Gambling Issue on Hold Until After Elections
(Connecticut) -- Democrats and Republicans combined have the votes to approve sports gambling in Connecticut, but the political will to do so may only appear after votes...

8/27/2018

article State, Mashantuckets press court case against federal government
(Connecticut) -- It’s been nearly three months since the U.S. Department of the Interior recognized an amended gaming agreement between the Mohegan Tribe and the...

8/26/2018

article Tribes hope MGM rival will open in 2020
(Connecticut) -- MGM Springfield opened to the public on Friday, adding another resort casino to the New England gaming landscape, and the Mashantucket Pequot and...

8/24/2018

article Connecticut Suspends Sports Betting Legalization Talks
(Connecticut) -- A last-ditch effort to legalize Connecticut sports betting appears to have fallen short. Earlier this week, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy suspended...
article Sports Betting in Connecticut a Long Shot for 2018
(Connecticut) -- Legalizing sports betting in Connecticut this year became a long shot Wednesday after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has suspended talks with the state...

8/23/2018

article Better Luck Next Year: Governor’s Connecticut Sports Betting Efforts Stall
(Connecticut) -- Put away whatever hope remained for Connecticut sports betting in 2018. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy abandoned this week a potential special session...

8/22/2018

article Legalized sports betting on hold for now
(Connecticut) -- A proposed special session on legalizing sports betting is a bust because of bipartisan resistance in the legislature. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on...
article Sports betting in 2018? The odds are long
(Connecticut) -- Legalizing sports betting in Connecticut this year became a long shot Wednesday after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has suspended talks with the state...
article East Windsor Casino to Break Ground This Fall, MGM Springfield Springs Into Action This Week
(Connecticut) -- Tribal leaders building the East Windsor casino in Connecticut say they hope to officially break ground on the satellite gambling venue this fall. The...

8/21/2018

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Could prostitution keep Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun afloat?
(Connecticut) -- I was taken aback a bit to read that one strategy for Connecticut's Indian tribes to compete with the emerging casino industry in Massachusetts...
article STUTZ: Northeast casino saturation looms in the background of MGM Springfield opening
(Massachusetts) -- See if this sounds familiar. At a gaming conference in Atlantic City, a panel debated the casino saturation point for the Northeast U.S. gaming market...

8/20/2018

article As MGM Springfield opens, fall groundbreaking planned for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Native American tribes that own Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun say they plan a fall groundbreaking at their planned East Windsor casino. But...
article Connecticut Prepares For Loss Of Revenue As Rival Casinos Open Their Doors
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s gaming industry is expected to lose a big pot of money this week when MGM opens a resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday....

8/18/2018

article Come Friday, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun will have company
(Connecticut) -- MGM Springfield’s debut is set for Friday, a long-awaited and, for some, much-dreaded event that will mark the start of a new era for southeastern...

8/16/2018

article Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun report dip in July win
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal government casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun on Wednesday both reported decreases in slot machine revenue...
article Slot revenue down at both casinos for July
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun collected more than $55 million in slot machine revenue during the month of July, according to the monthly slot report prepared by the...

8/15/2018

article Casinos’ slots revenue declined in July
(Connecticut) -- Both Connecticut casinos reported year-over-year decreases in July slot-machine revenue Wednesday. Mohegan Sun’s slots report showed it “won...

8/14/2018

article With MGM Springfield Smoke-Free, Connecticut Tribal Leaders Ponder Policy for East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- MGM Springfield is opening August 24, but smokers will need to extinguish their flames before entering the $960 million premises. The Massachusetts...

8/11/2018

article Candidates for governor supportive of casino expansion
(Connecticut) -- All of the candidates for governor generally are supportive of casino expansion in the state, perhaps none more so than Joe Ganim, the Bridgeport mayor...

8/8/2018

article Republicans Debate Taxes, Tolls And Gambling In Final Meeting Before Primary
(Connecticut) -- In their final major debate before next week’s primary, the five Republican aspirants for governor sparred over taxes, tolls, and casinos. During...
article Tribes meet with gubernatorial, AG candidates in advance of primaries
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a Democratic candidate for governor, spent nearly two hours with Mohegan tribal leaders last Wednesday before traveling to...

8/7/2018

article Connecticut governor wants sports betting input by the end of the week
(Connecticut) -- The governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, has given lawmakers until the end of this week to determine whether or not they are behind a push for sports...

8/6/2018

article Connecticut governor gives lawmakers sports betting option
(Connecticut) -- Dannel Malloy, the Governor of Connecticut, has given lawmakers in the US state until this Thursday to inform him whether they are willing to press...

8/5/2018

article Gov. Dannel P. Malloy: Sports betting agreement is possible
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday ``it's possible'' he can reach an agreement on legalizing sports betting for Connecticut lawmakers to...
article Jon Lender: Lottery Official Claims He's Victim Of Vendetta For Exposing '5 Card Cash' Fraud
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corp. opened 2018 with a million dollar blunder at a Jan. 1 drawing, and months of controversy followed. But that seemed to die...

8/3/2018

article Gov. Dannel P. Malloy: Sports betting agreement is possible
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday “it’s possible” he can reach an agreement on legalizing sports betting for Connecticut lawmakers...

8/2/2018

article Legislators uncertain about legalizing sports betting before ’19
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday his administration could have a proposal ready soon for legislative consideration on a new state system for managing...
article Malloy Seeks Legislative Guidance On Tribal Negotiations For Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Outgoing Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy invited legislative leaders to his office to let them know he is close to a deal with the two tribal nations...
article Without Action Soon, Gov. Malloy Says Connecticut Risks Falling Behind On Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Legislative leaders have one week to decide whether to work with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on sports betting or wait for a new administration next year,...

7/17/2018

article Mohegan Sun slot revenue up a bit; Foxwoods reports 5.7% increase
(Connecticut) -- Revenue garnered from slot machines at Mohegan Sun Casino in June was up slightly compared to revenue from the same month last year, according to a slot...

7/16/2018

article June slots revenue up at both casinos
(Connecticut) -- Both Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun saw increases in monthly slot revenue from June 2017 to June 2018. Foxwoods reported slots revenue of $40.1...

7/10/2018

article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Casinos Want ‘Last Call’ Extended to 4 AM
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are asking Connecticut lawmakers to extend “last call” on their gaming floors from 2 am to 4 am in order to better...
article Gambling and drugs may be the cure for Connecticut's ailing economy
(Connecticut) -- Despite Connecticut’s deep roots in Puritanism, which generally frowned upon frivolity, the Constitution State is poised to shun its priggish past...

7/9/2018

article CT Casinos Push For Later Last Call
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are pushing to keep their casino bars open later. This comes after Massachusetts regulators allowed MGM Springfield to serve...

7/6/2018

article Casinos happy to host political parties, candidates
(Connecticut) -- When Lee Elci decided to have a debate among the Republican candidates for governor, he thought about where to stage it. Mohegan Sun came to mind...

7/5/2018

article Connecticut Casinos Seek Later Last Call
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are pushing to keep their casino bars open beyond Connecticut’s current 2 a.m. cut-off on weekends, and 1 a.m. on...
article Connecticut tribes lobbying for longer casino drinking hours
(Connecticut) -- The tribal operators of Connecticut’s two giant integrated casino resorts have reportedly begun lobbying local lawmakers to change the eastern...
article Connecticut Lottery Hires Director Of Illinois Lottery As New CEO
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corp.’s governing board voted Thursday to hire Gregory Smith, acting director of the Illinois Lottery, as its new CEO in...

7/4/2018

article EDITORIAL: Don’t extend casino drinking hours
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers needed to support all reasonable steps to increase the ability of the state’s two tribal-run casinos to confront growing...

7/3/2018

article Conn. Tells MGM To Butt Out In Suit Over Gambling Deal [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- Connecticut has once again urged a D.C. federal court to reject MGM Resorts International's bid to intervene in a suit by the state and two...

7/2/2018

article CT casinos request extended alcohol service
(Connecticut) -- In the race to keep up with MGM Springfield, a decades-old alcohol policy at the Connecticut casinos could be changed. Some are worried, it’ll...
article States race for a piece of sports gambling action
(Connecticut) -- The morning of May 14 started like any other for Jake Williams at Sportradar U.S. Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to...

6/28/2018

article Foxwoods looking to extend last call to compete with Springfield casino
(Connecticut) -- Casino goers in Connecticut could soon be able to enjoy a late night beverage while playing blackjack or slots. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe plans to...
article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Seek Extension Of 'Last Call' At Casinos
(Connecticut) -- The tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun — facing a new competitive threat from MGM Springfield set to open Aug. 24 —...
article Lawmaker supportive of tribes’ bid for later alcohol service at casinos
(Connecticut) -- A key member of the state legislative committee that oversees gaming said Thursday he’d be supportive of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan...

6/27/2018

article Connecticut Sports Betting Legalization Still Up In The Air
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting legalization has not been easy for some states, even when there is political will to do so. Just ask Connecticut. Connecticut was one of...

6/25/2018

article As Rhode Island Sports Betting Becomes Legal, Could Connecticut Be Next In Line?
(Rhode Island) -- In theory, Connecticut sports betting could start before the start of football season. It’s the outcome many of the parties involved wants....

6/22/2018

article Proposed Connecticut casino wins key local permit
(Connecticut) -- The Hartford Courant reports that East Windsor's planning and zoning commission on Tuesday unanimously granted a zoning permit for the development...

6/20/2018

article Casino clears 1st hurdle in E. Windsor
(Connecticut) -- Plans for a new tribal casino notched another win Tuesday when the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved its general development plan...
article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun get zoning approval for East Windsor casino to compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun received a key approval Tuesday night for their planned casino at the former Showcase Cinemas site. But the East...

6/19/2018

article East Windsor Officials Approve Zoning Permit for Casino
(Connecticut) -- The East Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in favor of a special zoning permit for a casino proposed for the site of a former...
article East Windsor proposed casino clears local hurdle
(Connecticut) -- The proposed East Windsor casino is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday night, the town's planning and zoning committee approved the...

6/17/2018

article A crash course on luring sports betting from the shadows
(Connecticut) -- Victor Bigio recalled the time in 2004 he attended a conference in Las Vegas geared to the shadowy world of online bookmakers and poker rooms. Everybody...

6/16/2018

article Casinos report May slots revenue
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun has reported that it “won,” or kept, $51.7 million in slot-machine wagers after paying out prizes last month, a 2.3 percent...
article State, tribes continue to negotiate sports-betting deal
(Connecticut) -- Legal sports betting arrived in the Northeast on Thursday, when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wagered $20 on Germany to win soccer’s World Cup and a like...

6/14/2018

article E. Windsor casino blueprint revealed; groundbreaking in fall
(Connecticut) -- Tribal leaders of the state's planned $300 million casino in East Windsor say construction will commence this fall with an anticipated opening in...
article Tribes plan to break ground on long-awaited casino in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe plan to break ground on their new casino in Connecticut this fall despite being kept in the...
article Tribes release new rendering of proposed East Windsor facility
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes released an updated rendering of their East Windsor entertainment and gaming facility Thursday morning. The...

6/13/2018

article East Windsor Casino Takes Shape In New Renderings
(Connecticut) -- Construction of the state’s first casino off a tribal reservation is scheduled to begin this fall in East Windsor, and the new gambling venue...
article Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes release new rendering of East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes released Wednesday, an updated rendering of the East Windsor casino. The rendering was submitted to the town...
article Tribes update East Windsor casino drawings, seek zoning approvals
(Connecticut) -- Engineers and architects' representatives sketched details Wednesday night of the casino the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes expect to start...
article Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeking DOI Answers Regarding East Windsor Casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Four of the seven members of the Connecticut congressional delegation are asking the Office of the Inspector General to investigate why the US...

6/12/2018

article Lawmakers renew call for probe of Interior’s handling of gaming amendments
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly two weeks after publishing notice of the Mohegan Tribe's amended gaming agreement with the state, the U.S. Department of the Interior has...
article State's Congressional Delegation Presses For Broader Probe Of Federal Government's Handling Of Casino Proposals
(Washington D.C.) -- The majority of Connecticut’s congressional delegation Tuesday called for broadening an ongoing probe of how the federal government is...
article Speaker: State House Favors Sports Betting As Talks Continue
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Tuesday that he believes he has the votes in the state House of Representatives to pass sports betting. “We...

6/10/2018

article Federal regulators give green light to East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- After last month when Connecticut legislators were reportedly advised not to allow MMCT Venture to open its satellite casino in the community of East...

6/9/2018

article Rafferty: Should Connecticut grab a cut of the action?
(Connecticut) -- What’s more American than gambling? Don’t look so shocked; we do it so much we really don’t even think about it. Betcha a nickel you...

6/8/2018

article Online Gambling Unlikely in Connecticut Special Session
(Connecticut) -- Strong steps were taken this year in the advancement of online poker and gambling legislation for Connecticut. Not only did legislators seriously...

6/4/2018

article Connecticut Online Gaming Will Not Be Fast-Tracked With Sports Betting, Say Lawmakers
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly is not ready to include online gaming in legislation that aims to legalize sports betting and fast-track a set of...
article Tribes May Get Federal Approval That Greenlights East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- It appears Connecticut's proposed third casino in East Windsor may be one step closer. The Department of the Interior says it's about to issue...
article Gambling debate has big implications for CT Lotto's future
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's lottery has seen steady growth over the past decade and expects to contribute a record $350 million to the state's coffers at the...

6/3/2018

article Connecticut legislators balk at on-line betting on sports
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly is unlikely take up on-line gambling when it returns in special session to consider legalizing sports betting —...
article Trump administration reverses course on tribal gaming agreement in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Without explanation, the Trump administration has reversed course on a gaming agreement that paves the way for a new tribally-owned casino in...
article Connecticut legislators balk at on-line betting on sports
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly is unlikely take up on-line gambling when it returns in special session to consider legalizing sports betting —...

6/2/2018

article Assembly might not touch online gambling at special session
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly is unlikely to take up online gambling when it returns in special session to consider legalizing sports betting...
article OP/ED: Continue working with tribes on gaming issues
(Connecticut) -- The state legislature's decision to work with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to address growing competition in the gaming industry, and...

6/1/2018

article No letup in back-and-forth between MGM, tribes
(Connecticut) -- While the federal government took action Friday that passed for approval of the Mohegan Tribe’s amended gaming agreement with the state, it only...
article Deadlock broken in Connecticut casino dispute?
(Connecticut) -- There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ long standing efforts to build a third casino in East...
article East Windsor Casino in Connecticut Approved by US Department of the Interior, Bridgeport Odds Lengthen
(Connecticut) -- The East Windsor casino being jointly built by Connecticut’s two Native American tribes has finally received the blessing of the US Department of...
article Feds issue approval for tribes' proposed Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has issued one of two approvals needed for the construction of a Connecticut casino proposed by two federally recognized...
article Interior relents on Connecticut casino deal
(Connecticut) -- Without explanation, the Department of Interior said Thursday it has reversed course and is accepting at least one of the two gambling amendments...
article Progress for EW casino plan
(Connecticut) -- The Department of the Interior was expected today to publish in the Federal Register a notice of approval regarding changes to the Mohegan tribe’s...
article U.S. Interior Dept. gives nod to East Windsor casino; MGM vows fight
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it will accept at least one of the two amendments to Connecticut’s tribal gaming compact...

5/31/2018

article Fed gov’t stops cock-blocking Connecticut tribes’ JV casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s proposed joint venture tribal casino has cleared a major roadblock now that the federal government appears to have finally dropped...
article Federal approval expected for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan Indians are expecting a federal green light Friday to proceed with a planned East Windsor casino — a step that could doom a proposed...
article Federal Regulators Clear Way For East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Federal regulators are clearing the way for the tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to partner in building the state’s...
article Feds to Amend Mohegan Tribe's Gaming Agreement, Help Clear Way for Third Casino in CT
(Connecticut) -- The federal government is about to help clear the way for a casino in East Windsor, which would be the third in the state. The Department of the...
article Interior relents on Connecticut casino deal
(Connecticut) -- Without explanation, the Department of Interior said Thursday it has reversed course and is accepting at least one of the two gambling amendments...
article U.S. Interior Department Set To Green Light Tribal Amendment
(Connecticut) -- It’s taken more than a year, a lawsuit, and an investigation, but the U.S. Department of Interior is expected to green light changes to the tribal...

5/30/2018

article Connecticut Sports Betting, Online Gambling May Be Target Of Special Session
(Connecticut) -- Support from the state’s gaming tribes wasn’t enough to push sports betting or online gambling across the finish line in Connecticut. The...

5/27/2018

article Online gaming also on the table as Connecticut negotiates with tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is adding online gaming to the agenda as he works with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe...

5/26/2018

article COMMENTARY: Let’s get legal sports gambling on the books
(Connecticut) -- Now since the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision has struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which banned sports betting...

5/24/2018

article Connecticut Governor Wants Online Gaming as Bargaining Chip in Tribal Sports Betting Negotiations
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s efforts to fast-track sports betting legislation at a forthcoming special session are going to require some negotiating with the...
article Online gaming also on the table as Connecticut negotiates with tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is adding online gaming to the agenda as he works with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe...
article Connecticut guv, tribes seek resolution on sports betting deadlock
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is moving heaven and earth to bring the lucrative sports betting market into the Nutmeg State. The Hartford Courant...
article Sports betting may be coming to Connecticut — and your iPhone
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often says America was better off when legal gambling was limited to Las Vegas, but he sounded Wednesday like a man who has...

5/23/2018

article Connecticut Moving Ahead With Sports Betting, Malloy Plans To Negotiate With Tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut began taking steps toward legalizing sports betting Wednesday, but first the state must reach an agreement with its two Indian tribes, who...
article Malloy working on possible sports betting legislation
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s already reached out to Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to discuss the ramifications of...
article Malloy, tribes could negotiate online gambling as well as sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting might not be the only form of gambling that’s on the table during upcoming negotiations between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the...
article Sports Betting and Online Gaming Up For Discussion
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with legislative leaders Wednesday and asked for their input on whether he should negotiate both sports betting and online, in...
article Sports betting may be coming to Connecticut — and your iPhone
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often says America was better off when legal gambling was limited to Las Vegas, but he sounded Wednesday like a man who has...

5/22/2018

article Gov. Malloy Getting Ready For Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court paving the way, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators are exploring plans for sports betting in Connecticut. Malloy will be...
article Malloy Wants New Compact With Tribes Before Special Session On Sports Gambling
(Connecticut) -- Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut. Earlier this month,...
article Bargain gambling at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun?
(Connecticut) -- You can practically see the smoke pouring from under the doors to all of Hartford's back rooms this week. The sand is running out on the hourglass...

5/20/2018

article Could special session on sports betting take up other gambling matters?
(Connecticut) -- If Gov. Dannel P. Malloy calls a special legislative session to consider legalizing sports betting in the state, could lawmakers also revisit other...

5/19/2018

article Fitch: Connecticut should not expect tax revenue boon from sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Legalized sports gambling could be in the cards for Connecticut, but it will not likely create a jackpot of tax revenue for the state, said one of the...
article Malloy to meet with lawmakers about sports betting ruling
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he plans to meet with legislative leaders to discuss how to address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that...

5/18/2018

article MORON ALERT: Connecticut doesn't need Indians to run gambling
(Connecticut) -- Nobody calls for a special session of the General Assembly when some financial scandal breaks in state government, as when, the other day, the state...

5/17/2018

article Connecticut Posts Job Losses In April, 2nd Consecutive Monthly Drop
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut employers cut 1,400 jobs in April, the second consecutive month of job losses, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. In addition...

5/15/2018

article BLOG: Special Session Could Save Connecticut’s Gambling Expansion Efforts
(Connecticut) -- Online gaming and sports betting legislation have made headlines in several states this year. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Professional and...

5/14/2018

article Supreme Court Clears Way For Sports Betting, Gov. Malloy Considering Special Session To Revisit Failed Bill
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said Monday they would both support holding a special session to revisit a bill...
article Connecticut May See Special Session To Decide On Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Governor Dannel Malloy may call the legislature back into special session to deal with sports gambling now that the Supreme Court has given states the...
article Locals weigh in on potential for legalized sports betting
(Connecticut) -- A Supreme Court ruling has opened the floodgates for legalized sports betting throughout the country. Now, the race to legalize it is on.

5/11/2018

article Inside Gaming: Connecticut Casino Bill Fails, Downtown Vegas Casino Announced
(Connecticut) -- This week's installment of Inside Gaming starts with legislative news from Connecticut where a casino expansion bill has stalled, tells of an...

5/7/2018

article Time Running Out For Bills On Casinos, Crumbling Foundations, Bump Stocks As Legislative Session Winds Down
(Connecticut) -- The clock is ticking. With only three days left in the regular legislative session, lawmakers are rushing to finish their work on a wide variety of...

5/6/2018

article From Tolls To Guns To Pot To Casinos, Connecticut's Gubernatorial Hopefuls Speak Out
(Connecticut) -- Nearly all support some form of expanded gambling. Not many want to keep traditional pensions for future state employees. And there’s a clear...

5/4/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Plead for Alternative Legal Strategy to Build East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal operators have urged state lawmakers to let them build an off-reservation casino without federal approval. The Mohegans...

5/3/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Want Control of State Sports Betting Market
(Connecticut) -- If sports betting becomes legal in the state of Connecticut, the tribes that operate the two Native American casinos in the state believe they should...
article Mohegan, Pequot tribes gain national Indian support
(Connecticut) -- The National Indian Gaming Association is siding with Connecticut tribes in their battle to gain federal approval for an East Windsor casino intended to...

5/2/2018

article HERE BE WEASELS: Deputy Interior Secretary Keeps Meeting With Lobbyists For Client of His Former Firm
(Washington D.C.) -- David Bernhardt, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department, met late last year with a trio of lobbyists for MGM Resorts International, the...
article Stratford, Trumbull chambers support competitive casino process
(Connecticut) -- The Stratford and Trumbull chambers of commerce are among the latest entities supporting a legislative proposal to establish a competitive process for a...
article Tribes want lawmakers to strip federal approval for casino
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes met privately with state lawmakers Wednesday, urging them to make a key change to...
article Gaming advocates want to get moving on East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Springfield's MGM casino will be opening up this summer, and that has the tribes here in Connecticut worried. They want to get moving on the planned...
article Connecticut lawmakers, Indian tribes lock horns over sports betting control
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers and the tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are at loggerheads over who will be in charge of sports betting...
article Connecticut tribes want exclusivity to sports betting if the state expands gambling
(Connecticut) -- In individual letters to the Connecticut state legislature, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation contend that...

5/1/2018

article East Windsor more confident Connecticut tribes' casino is coming
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are done clearing the old Showcase Cinema hulk from the site where they want to build a casino to compete with...

4/30/2018

article Mashantucket Pequot Leader Says Tribes Must Unite in Pursuit of Casinos Domestic and Abroad
(Connecticut) -- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler opined this week that Native American groups should come together and pair their assets in...

4/27/2018

article Tribes see way around federal approval of gaming amendments
(Connecticut) -- New agreements that could be reached between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes would enable the tribes to move forward with their...

4/25/2018

article Editorial: Give all casino bidders a fair shake
(Connecticut) -- The issue: With yet another question raised about the feasibility of building a third Native-American casino in East Windsor, it’s even more...

4/24/2018

article MGM's Massachusetts Dealings Could Affect Connecticut Tribes' East Windsor Casino
(Massachusetts) -- If the tribes that make up the Mashantucket Mohegan Connecticut Venture are considering a potential play for the license to operate a casino in...
article Casino delay investigated
(Connecticut) -- The Office of the U.S. Inspector General is investigating the process through which the U.S. Department of the Interior is deciding on amendments to...
article Connecticut tribal casino row rumbles on
(Connecticut) -- The Inspector General of the US Department of the Interior has announced an investigation into the agency’s handling of the Mohegan and...
article Inspector general reviewing inaction on tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes on Monday welcomed an investigation by the U.S. Department of Interior’s inspector general...

4/23/2018

article Inspector General investigating Interior’s handling of CT tribes’ casino issue
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s official watchdog on Monday confirmed it is investigating why the agency rebuffed a request by Connecticut tribes to...
article Inspector General Probes Interior Department's Handling Of Connecticut Casino Expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General is probing the department’s decision to take no action on amendments to longstanding...
article New revelations have tribes looking to Interior probe
(Washington D.C.) -- Amid new revelations about the federal government’s handling of their amended gaming agreements with the state, the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article EDITORIAL: Swamp politics aids MGM in clash with tribal casinos
(Connecticut) -- So much for draining the swamp. Or respecting state’s rights. Or treating Native American tribes fairly. Reporting by the news website Politico...
article Future of state's third casino remains uncertain
(Connecticut) -- Despite lots of talk and planning, a third casino in Connecticut has still not been built. Now's there's speculation that MGM may want to ditch...
article Gambling bills in limbo as session adjournment nears
(Connecticut) -- With the clock running out on Connecticut’s legislative session, it’s unclear which bills, if any, that could lead to more gambling will...
article The Fuzzy Future Of More Connecticut Casinos
(Connecticut) -- With Connecticut’s legislative session wrapping up on May 9, it’s unclear which bills on gambling in the state will make it to the finish...

4/22/2018

article Interior rejected staff advice when scuttling tribes' casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump administration officials rejected recommendations from federal experts on Indian gaming policy when they blocked two American Indian tribes...
article 6 Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls back tolls, Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- The six Democratic gubernatorial candidates are on board for implementing tolls in the state and backing a casino in Bridgeport, but break that...

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