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Even should a casino not become a part of the project, said Bridgeport Landing Development Administrator Steve Tyliszczak, "We have plans A, B, C, D, E, F and G.”
MGM admits that its hopes to siphon loyal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gamblers across the border were overly optimistic.
As slots revenue declines, efforts by the tribes to expand across the state face obstacles.
“MGM pursues litigation because that's what MGM does,” said Andrew Doba, spokesman for the tribes' MMCT joint venture.
Mohegan Sun is the 11th largest employer in the state, the report said, with Foxwoods 12th.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council has tapped John J. James as the new president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The proposal "puts the state at increased and immediate litigation risk from multiple parties," according to a spokesperson for Gov. Ned Lamont.
The idea of a full-scale gaming license for Empire City continues to be a key part of BCW’s legislative agenda, said John Ravitz, executive vice president and COO of the BCW.
One would establish an open-bidding process for a new casino – most likely in Bridgeport – while the other would ease the way for the construction of a tribes-operated casino in East Windsor.
"We should not settle for anything short of the best deal possible," said Rep. Christopher Rosario, a co-sponsor of the bill.
Dos Gatos, described as an upscale cantina-style eatery, will open at the end of the month next to the lobby of The Alder, a new 101-room hotel.
“This idea that there is a never-ending market for gaming is totally false," said Libertarian Party candidate Rod Hanscomb in his rejection of the MGM Bridgeport proposal.
“Four years ago, we only did a small fraction of our business in Fairfield and Litchfield. That’s no longer the case," said the group's president, H. Scott Phelps.
Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 65 in his residential suite in the Mashantucket-based gaming destination.