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CTNJ: Casino operators continue fight over third casino

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee jumped into the debate Monday over a third commercial casino with a public hearing on its own bill that would open bidding for Connecticut’s first casino off tribal land.

Connecticut’s two tribes and officials from MGM Resorts International went head-to-head again in an effort win support for their arguments.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes want to open up a $300 million satellite casino just off I-91 in East Windsor in order to capture convenience gamblers who may be heading up north to MGM’s new, $950 million casino in Springfield, Mass.

MGM Resorts International has an agreement with Springfield that won’t allow it to open a casino within a 50-mile radius. The former East Windsor Showcase Cinemas, the site the tribes have selected for the new casino, is on I-91 about 15 miles from Springfield.

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