Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed the Public Act 17-89 which will allow for
an East Windsor casino. This will establish a satellite casino that will be a
joint partnership between the Mohegan and the Mashantucket Pequot tribes.
The Act will create additional local jobs and help the area Native American
MGM Resorts opposed the legislature. The company will be opening a new $985
resort casino next year in Springfield, MA.
What has not yet been approved in the bill is sports betting, or off-track
Revenue from slot machines has declined at both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. The
partnership, MMCT Venture, will allow them to remain competitive in the casino
25% of revenue from the new casino's slot machines and 25% of other gaming
revenue will be paid to the state. State tourism will receive 10% of that total.
Connecticut will also be paid $1 million by the tribes initially. As well as any
costs for regular casino monitoring and regulations. This will be handled by the
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Programs designed to help people with problem gaming will also receive an
estimated $300,000 a year.
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