Is Keno the latest battle ground in New England’s Gaming Wars?
In CT, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration announced Tuesday afternoon it had reached an agreement with the two Indian tribes that run casinos in southeastern Connecticut to share 25 percent of the keno proceeds. CT would then be the third New England State to offer Keno in bars, & restaurants
As reported in the CT Mirror by Keith M. Phaneuf, “the compact that grants the state a share of the video slot revenues from Foxwoods Resorts Casino and from the Mohegan Sun casino also grants the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes exclusive rights to offer casino games in the state. And keno…..is considered a casino game under that compact.”
Using estimates from the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, the legislature assumed last June when it adopted the current, two-year state budget, that keno would add $30 million to the state’s coffers starting next fiscal year. But other states in New England also rely on keno, which is believed to date back to China in the 1st century AD when characters from one of Confucius` poems were used, rather than numbers, in the matrix.
In Massachusetts, the State Lottery that runs the Keno in establishments all over the Bay State, added a new structure that improves the overall odds of winning a prize with the addition of a 10X multiplier, producing larger jackpots and add more winning experiences. The Lottery ended fiscal year 2015 with a record-setting $985.8 million in net profit, surpassing the previous high. Massachusetts is considered the home of the most successful lottery in the nation in terms of per capita sales.
In Rhode Island, Keno, is also run by the state lottery or “The Lot.” A new twist on an old favorite Keno game is called Multi Chance Keno with a chance to win FREE games and HIGHER prizes, doubling the amount of your base game wager.
Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine, while consistently legislating for Keno at bards & restaurants, are still not able to get it voted in.
The cooperation between the two CT tribes continues, (see Connecticut Casino Plans Continue to Take Shape) starting with the joint proposal of a third casino in the state. “The Mohegan Tribal Council feels very strongly in open and productive dialogue between our two governments,” Charles Bunnell, chief of staff for external and governmental affairs for the Mohegan Tribal Council, said. “The recent agreement to allow the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer Keno is a perfect example of that communication and our desire to find common ground.”
William L. Satti, director of legislative affairs for the Mashantucket Pequot, stated: “We are pleased to work with the state on issues of mutual interest that ultimately will continue to allow Connecticut and the Tribal Nations’ economies to prosper.”
Remember when the only game in town way back in the 90’s was a little bingo hall on the Mashantucket reservation? How things change.
That’s all for now.