Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Expanding Video Gaming, Slots
HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut might gamble on slots and video gaming in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.
Members of a Connecticut legislative task force say they’re likely to recommend that the state allow slot machines and video gambling at the three off-track betting centers in the state.
As WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported, Connecticut is looking to offset a dip in slot revenue, resulting in the state’s 25-percent cut dropping from $430 million in 2007 to $296 million last year.
Fewer gamblers are apparently making the drive to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, instead opting to plunk down their money in Rhode Island and New York. For example, those living in Fairfield County can drive to Empire City in Yonkers, N.Y., in about a half-hour.
Any gaming expansion would likely have to include a deal with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes because they have exclusive rights in Connecticut.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Closing Arguments Wrap Up In Fraud Trial Of Ex-Madoff Employees; Deliberations To Begin Monday
- NTSB: Abnormal Concentration Of Natural Gas Found Near East Harlem Blast Scene
- Westchester Animal Shelter Forced To Evacuate Over Building Collapse Concerns
- 911 Dispatcher, Stony Brook EMTs Help New Mom Deliver Premature Twin Boys
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)