In 2015 the state of Connecticut was sued by MGM Resorts. MGM believes that the
state did not give casinos an equal opportunity to bid for the third casino
license in Connecticut. A petition had been filed by the state for the lawsuit
to be thrown out believing that there is no bases on the matter.
MGM Resorts is opening a new casino in Springfield, MA. The casino is located
near the Connecticut boarder. The location was chosen to attract local visitors
from Massachusetts, as well as from Connecticut.
In an attempt to prevent Connecticut casino goers from wanting to visit the MGM
Springfield casino, the state decided to allow for a third casino to be built.
The casino is a joint venture project of the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan
With the third casino being allowed in Connecticut, it is estimated that
projected visitor rates will be lower than expected.
MGM believes that Connecticut was wrong in not opening up the potential casino
license to other companies. Not allowing other companies to compete for the
third license was unfair.
In the petition filed by Connecticut, commercial casinos are not allowed in the
state under the current gaming act. There is also no guarantee that there ever
will be in the state.
Lawyers for Connecticut are working towards having the lawsuit dismissed as soon
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