Connecticut Casino Proposals Running out of Time

Kevin Brown, left, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council and Rodney Butler, right, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council,

Kevin Brown, left, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council and Rodney Butler, right, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council,

According to the Kenneth Gosselin of the Hartford Courant, the tribes that operate the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos are seeking to jointly open and operate a gaming venue in the capital region to blunt competition from a megacasino now under construction in nearby Springfield. But to be honest, MGM continues to tweak it’s “megacasino” in a way more like downsizing the project due to the threat of Connecticut’s third casino. Click here for

Foxwoods/ Mohegan Sun Joint Casino, East Hartford, CT

Artist Rendering of renovated Cinemas building for New Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods Casino

For the past month, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots have sought proposals from towns and cities.  The tribes said late last week that they don’t intend to announce the names of the municipalities submitting proposals when the deadline passes Friday at 4 p.m. But at least East Hartford and East Windsor appear locked in.

Bradley International Airport sign

Bradley International Airport & Casino not in the cards.

Previous considerations for Windsor Locks at Bradley International Airport and the Enfield Mall were voted down by town officials and residents.

The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans envision a casino with 2,000 slot machines and 100 to 150 tables, with an estimated development cost of $200 million to $300 million. The size of the casino and other amenities would range from 150,000 to 350,000 square feet, with the latter half the size of MGM Springfield.

Cinema in East Windsor for proposed casino.

Cinema in East Windsor for proposed casino.

East Windsor is the new entrant into the Satellite Sweepstakes. Denise Menard, East Windsor’s first selectman, said the town will propose a casino at another shuttered Showcase Cinema visible from I-91, about 8 miles from the East Hartford theater and a 12-minute drive away, and an adjoining property where there was once a Wal-Mart.

Both East Hartford and East Windsor have access to main interstate I-91, with East Hartford also having I-84 crossing in front of it.

The deadline passes after Friday, 4:00pm.

A few other posts along the MGM lines included:

Massachusetts More Worried, Not Mohegan Sun,  About New England’s Casino Share

Can Jim Murren; MGM Resorts Be Trusted in Springfield?

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State Keno in Connecticut

Keno

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

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

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.

mass lottery

Massachusetts lottery – Most successful in the country?

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.

Click on the following links for more information on Keno in both Massachusetts & Rhode Island.

Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine, while consistently legislating for Keno at bards & restaurants, are still not able to get it voted in.

Foxwoods Entrance

Foxwoods Entrance

Mohegan Sun Sign

Mohegan Sun Sign

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.

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Connecticut Casino Plans Continue Taking Shape

Mashentucket/Mohegan Joint Casino Venture

Three Possible Homes for Mashentucket/Mohegan Joint Casino Venture – Picture Credited to FOXCT News.

Enfield or East Hartford?  Where will the new CT Casino land? The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes said at their joint signing ceremony Sept. 10 that they wanted a location selected by the end of November.  It is expected that any casino in north-central Connecticut would include 2,000 slots and 100 to 150 table games. The goal is to open before MGM Springfield begins operations in 2018.

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

The first out of the gate was the old Showcase cinemas on Silver Lane in East Hartford.  Last Wednesday, planning and zoning commissioners approved a plan for a restaurant and entertainment venue development at the vacant movie theater.     Review the previous post concerning the the East Hartford proposal here.

Foxwoods/ Mohegan Sun Joint Casino, East Hartford, CT

Artist Rendering of renovated Cinemas building for New Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods Casino

According to reporter Mikaela Porter of  The Hartford Courant, “Developer Anthony W. Ravosa Jr. of Glastonbury, a member of Silver Lane Partners LLC, said that Wednesday’s approval was the first of a proposed two-phase plan to create a $200 million gaming facility at the site.”

Meanwhile, Enfield Square Mall wants to be the site of that casino and is offering a plan to Enfield City Council. Ms. Porter previously reported Enfield Square Mall management pitched a casino proposal to town councilors, calling it an “opportunity to create a new story” for the mall and community.

Enfield Square Mall, a 787,000-square-foot mall off the I-91 ramp at Exit 48, includes retailers, including Target and Macy’s, restaurants like Outback and Ruby Tuesdays and a 55,000-square-foot movie theater. Madison Marquette Real Estate Services owns the mall.

Enfield Square Mall

Enfield Square Mall – Possible sight for third CT casino.

But, East Hartford & Enfield would have the best access to major traffic routes – I-84 & I-92 respectively.  East Hartford seems the better of the two with a dedicated venue for just the casino – Enfield casino proposal would be sharing the with stores still alive in the Mall. Believe it or not, this concept has already worked.  Outside of Baltimore, Maryland Live! Casino shares their casino venue as part of a mall and it is the casino making the highest revenue for the state of Maryland.  So while the concept sounds weird, it has already proven to work.

 

Enfield Square Mall

                                                     This Macy’s would be the casino.            ^Hotel here                                                                                              Parking Garage here.

The proposal at the Enfield Square Mall includes a two-level casino in the 150,000+ sq. ft. space in the Macy’s at the bottom of the image below. Extending out from the mall, between the proposed casino and the Sears store would be a 300 room, 6 story, luxury hotel. An additional parking garage connected to both hotel and casino would extend further below the casino (Macy’s).

Finally, while East Hartford & Enfield seem viable candidates for the new casino, South Windsor has all along been letting the rest know that they are VERY interested in being home to Connecticut’s third casino.  The Town Council voted unanimously, but but still wait for the town’s approval through referendum.

That’s all for now.  For all of Mikaela Porter’s Hartford Courant Coverage, click here.

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