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Conn. still seeing controversy over keno approval

Feb 17, 2014 7:01 PM

Connecticut lawmakers last summer approved the introduction of keno, as a means of generating revenue through the expansion of gaming.

But, that was not done without controversy, which continues months later. In fact, some lawmakers have petitioned Gov. Dan Malloy to end gaming expansion if a planned bill reaches his desk. He indicated he would do just that.

Still, Malloy noted that keno games throughout the state will provide financial help toward reversing a previous shortfall.

Keno at the state’s two tribal casinos comes under the full direction of the Mohegans and Pequots, through a previous agreement. Thus, the tribes are able to receive 12.5 percent of keno’s gross operating revenue.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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