A bill legalizing sports betting and online casino games and lottery sales in Connecticut won final passage in the Senate.
Gov. Ned Lamont and his tribal partners say they on the same track — headed for sports betting in September.
The last piece of a deal aimed at legalizing sports betting and online gambling in Connecticut fell into place Thursday.
Democratic leaders endorsed legislation that would give the state’s two federally recognized tribes exclusive rights to take bets on sports, open a casino in Bridgeport and offer a broad array of virtual casino games on smart phones and computers.
It’s unclear how permissive the Land of Steady Habits is willing to be in gambling’s new digital age. The secondary question is how much of the action will be handled by Connecticut’s tribal casinos.
The tribes won’t give up a planned casino in East Windsor, as requested by Gov. Ned Lamont. The next move is Lamont’s.
No one doubts they are an economic player. But the Mashantucket Pequots are making the case anyway.
Forget a casino deal for Bridgeport on the final day of 2019 session. But in a special session? Stay tuned.
Mayor Joe Ganim wants $100 million in public financing and exclusive online gambling rights for the tribes if they bring a casino to Bridgeport.
A terse notice posted by the Department of Interior on its web site at 11:15 a.m. gives no rationale for the reversal, saying only that after “further consultations with the Tribe,” the East Windsor gambling amendment is approved.
Tribal leaders told lawmakers Tuesday that the East Windsor casino is still necessary to compete with MGM Springfield, despite softer-than-expected business in Springfield.
The drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an ending.
A federal judge dealt a significant blow over the weekend to the ability of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations to jointly build a casino in East Windsor that would compete with MGM Resorts’ new casino in nearby Springfield.
Without explanation, the Department of Interior said Thursday it has reversed course and is accepting at least one of the two gambling amendments necessary for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly construct a casino in East Windsor. The tribes still face obstacles, including a promised legal challenge by its competitor, MGM.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he will try to resolve who has rights to sports gambling — the tribal owners of the state’s two casinos, licensed off-track betting parlors or other vendors chosen by the state, or a mix of the two — before calling the General Assembly into special session to consider legalizing wagering on sports.