They will build a casino in East Windsor. And if permitted, they would build a casino in Bridgeport.
That was the message Tuesday from leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes as they pitched lawmakers that they’re the rightful expanders of gaming in Connecticut — including commercial casinos and sports betting.
“Nobody wants to make this move forward faster than we do,” said Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribal council, to members of the General Assembly’s public safety committee.
He was referring to the long-delayed East Windsor casino, which is still months away from a groundbreaking but on track, he said. And he may as well have also been talking about sports betting and other gaming ventures in Connecticut.
Later, Butler said to me, “The market is still growing, surprisingly” — refuting the testimony of a Mohegan executive who said it’s saturated.
Confused? Here’s what you need to know: The whole picture of gambling expansion in the state is still a mess, whether we’re talking about sports betting or commercial casinos.But the tribes are competing with strength we would not have expected two years ago, when new casinos in New York and Massachusetts were getting ready to eat their chips for lunch.Their slot machine revenues are down, but only by about 7 percent in the last year, a much better result for them than many had predicted. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun paid $255 million to the state in 2019, far more than predicted, as MGM Springfield fell short of […]