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Connecticut Tribes and State Officials Not Finding Consensus
Things are heating up in Connecticut. Tribes and state officials disagree on sports betting bill, that was introduced by state lawmakers. Because bill excluded sports betting from Connecticut’s gambling provisions.
Excluding betting from state’s provisions means getting around the tribal compacts. As written in the Connecticut Post report, tribe leaders from the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes say if sports wagering will be legalized, it will violate state compacts. Although here comes the bigger problem – attorney general disagrees with tribesmen.
Quarter of the Connecticut’s slot revenue comes from Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun, that are essentially tribal gambling establishments. When it’s all added up, we talk about 250 million dollars. So it seems that state officials are playing a really dangerous game with extremely high stakes.
Tribes say that because officials are planning to use video kiosks for betting on sports, this means the deal will be broken. Because tribes have exclusivity over “video facsimile” gambling in Connecticut.
“If the state authorizes video facsimile gaming, the exclusivity provisions of (the compacts) would be violated and our obligations to make the slot contributions cease,” said Mohegan Attorney General Helga Woods for the CT POST newspaper.