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April 30, 2018

MMA in Connecticut - What’s the Holdup?

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Apr 30, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Entertainment | Gaming | Public Safety | Sports | Taxes

John Fulcher / Nutmegmma.com

HARTFORD, CT — Despite opening the door to Mixed Martial Arts and changing the law last year to make the state more hospitable to combat sports, no MMA events have yet been held in Connecticut outside the two federally recognized tribal casinos. At least two fight promoters say the dearth of events thus far has been about costs.

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April 24, 2018

Sports Stars Try To Give Betting A Push

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 5:32pm
Posted to: Gaming | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT—Two big-time major league sports stars came to the state Capitol Tuesday to try and kickstart the effort to pass sports betting legislation before the close of the legislative session.

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April 10, 2018

Optimistic Speaker Says Gaming This Session Is ‘Complex’

by Jack Kramer | Apr 10, 2018 12:35pm
Posted to: Gaming | Legal | Sports | Bridgeport | East Windsor

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie

HARTFORD, CT—The odds of passing legislation concerning new casinos and legalized sports betting before the close of the legislative session, May 9, aren’t good, according to House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin.

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March 16, 2018

Modified Casino Expansion Bill Advances; East Windsor, Bridgeport Projects Still Possible

by Christine Stuart | Mar 16, 2018 5:40pm
Posted to: Gaming | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT — They heard hours of testimony Thursday about opening up the bidding process for a commercial casino in Bridgeport and scrapping a plan to build another tribal casino in East Windsor, but by Friday evening things had changed.

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February 28, 2018

House Dems Look to Position State For Sports Betting

by Jack Kramer | Feb 28, 2018 4:26pm
Posted to: Courts | Gaming

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie

HARTFORD, CT—House Democratic leaders said they want to make sure Connecticut is poised jump into the sports betting world if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states can legalize it.

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February 22, 2018

Debate Over East Windsor Or Bridgeport Casino Will Continue

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2018 2:32pm
Posted to: DC News Junkie | Gaming | Legal | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT — State Sen. Tim Larson, who co-chairs the Public Safety and Security Committee and represents East Windsor, said he was surprised when Rep. Jeff Berger, D-Waterbury, asked for legislation to consider competitive bidding for another casino get added to the agenda.

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February 16, 2018

OP-ED | Yes, Both the East Windsor and Bridgeport Casinos are Still Bad Ideas

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 16, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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On Wednesday we got a brief look at the plans for a controversial new casino that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want to build in East Windsor. They’re not great, but what did you expect?

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February 6, 2018

Bridgeport, New Haven Lawmakers Team Up On Push For Casino

by Christine Stuart | Feb 6, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Gaming | State Capitol | Bridgeport | New Haven

Courtesy of MGM HARTFORD, CT — Lawmakers from Bridgeport and New Haven are teaming up to push their colleagues to open up the bidding process for a commercial casino in Bridgeport.

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November 7, 2017

Connecticut Officials Push For Approval of Tribal Amendments

by Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 2:06pm
Posted to: Gaming | Bridgeport | East Windsor

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s two Senators and Rep. Joe Courtney sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke five days ago asking him to take action on a request from Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes.

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October 25, 2017

Tribal Spokesman Denies Claims To Bypass Indian Affairs

by Jack Kramer | Oct 25, 2017 11:07am
Posted to: Gaming | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A lawyer representing a gaming competitor is warning that a legislative effort is underway to bypass federal approval of the state’s first commercial casino that would be operated in East Windsor by the state’s two tribal nations on non-tribal land.

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