The proposal is likely to rekindle the debate over the just how much the gambling industry in Connecticut can be sliced up and, if approved, the amount of competitive pressure it would place on the state’s two tribal casinos at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
In the last legislative session, MGM pushed agressively for open competition if the state was to expand casino gambling beyond the tribal reservations of the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegan tribes in southeastern Connecticut.
Uri Clinton, senior vice president and legal counsel at MGM Resorts, said Monday the state made it clear by approving the East Windsor casino that it did not support open competition.
William J. Hornbuckle IV, MGM Resorts president, said in an interview that the casino and gaming company has been in discussion with legislators about Bridgeport and has also reached out to the governor.
Robert W. Christop Sr., RCI’s chairman, said his company has been involved at Steelpointe since 2001, some years passing with little or no progress as the city sought to gain ownership of property in the area.
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