State’s casinos competing with themselves in new venture

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The president of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority says a joint casino venture proposed with rival Foxwoods Resort Casino will likely take business from the two southeast Connecticut casinos, but it’s preferable to losing business to Massachusetts.

Robert Soper, president of the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and Felix Rappaport, his counterpart at Foxwoods, and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal chairmen spoke Monday at a forum of the Metro Hartford Alliance, the capital region’s economic development organization.

He said that with the right investment, the Connecticut casinos will avoid losing thousands of jobs.

The two casinos are pushing state legislation authorizing up to three casinos to better compete with Massachusetts.

Rappaport says the casinos can draw visitors by increasing entertainment and other attractions.

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