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“We’re just following multiple states in establishing some sports betting in our state," says Rep. Joseph Gresko (D-Stratford). "This way we keep that potential revenue here in the State of Connecticut.”
“Unfortunately, Governor Lamont appears to be saying that the state can either adopt his singular proposal on gaming, or do nothing at all,” Mohegan Chairman James Gessner said.
Uncertainty over just how much demand there is for more casino gambling in the region was cited as a factor in the decision.
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 Connecticut casinos do not report their table-games revenue and do not share those earnings with the state.
In its motion, Interior argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act cited by MGM is not relevant to the case because the nations are not looking to build a casino on tribal lands.
MGM admits that its hopes to siphon loyal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gamblers across the border were overly optimistic.
The two federally recognized tribes aren't willing to trade their already approved joint venture in East Windsor for the rights to a Bridgeport casino.
Mohegan Sun is the 11th largest employer in the state, the report said, with Foxwoods 12th.
But a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said the proposed bill "falls short of what the governor wants for Bridgeport."
Only after receiving a full commercial casino license could Empire City also be licensed for sports betting.
The Schaghticokes are making a final attempt at gaining federal recognition, which if granted could ultimately lead to a casino in Fairfield County.
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.