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Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Expanding Video Gaming, Slots

Gamblers play slot machines in Atlantic City, N.J. (file/credit: Getty Images)

Gamblers play slot machines in Atlantic City, N.J. (file/credit: Getty Images)

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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.

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