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Both casinos have installed more hand sanitizers and increased their disinfection efforts.
Murren's efforts in Springfield and Yonkers have yet to produce stellar results.
MGM Resorts vowed to "pursue all legal options" to gain a place in Connecticut's gaming industry.
The tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain adamant that they will not participate in the proposed open bidding process, and that the cancellation of their compact with the state will cost Connecticut billions of dollars in lost revenue.
"MGM will truly provide Empire City employees and the property's guests with the resources and opportunities to make the casino and track into something we haven't even yet realized," said Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino.
"This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity to further solidify our presence on the East Coast and, in particular, expand our reach into the high-density New York City region,” said Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts.
The casino's ownership said it will seek the "right strategic partner" to transform the nearly 100-acre property into a global entertainment destination.
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