As New York asks voters Nov. 7 to consider the legalization of casinos, Connecticut is also looking to expand its gambling offerings to compete with New York and neighboring states.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Connecticut lawmakers are considering at least three gambling halls with video-lottery terminals to compete with other states and offset losses at its two huge Indian casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.
“If we’re losing Fairfield County dollars because they’re going further south, it’s a problem,” said Sen. Andres Ayala, of Bridgeport, who held up a local advertisement for the Empire City casino, the AP said.
Connecticut lawmakers would have to change state law to allow for video gambling.
New York voters will decide at a referendum whether to also boost gambling, by approving up to seven privately owned casinos in New York.
The AP said that the three gambling halls under consideration in Connecticut are the Shoreline Star Greyhound Park in Bridgeport, the New Haven Teletheater and the Bradley Teletheater in Windsor Locks.