Connecticut casinos big draw for gamblers from Maine

Apr 16, 2012 10:13 AM

A new report on casino gambling in New England estimates that Mainers spent nearly $35 million at Connecticut’s Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, while spending nearly $63 million at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor, The Associated Press reports.

In its annual survey of New England gambling venues, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis says Maine residents spent $34.3 million in gambling and non-gambling expenditures at Connecticut’s casinos in 2011. That’s up 29 percent over 2010.

The report also estimates that more than 95 percent of the customers at the Bangor casino are from Maine, with 1 percent from Massachusetts, 1 percent from New Hampshire and the remainder from other places.

The Bangor casino had estimated net gambling and non-gambling revenues of $65.5 million last year, a 3 percent decline from 2010.