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Aug 20, 2002 5:10 AM

Despite a slight decline at Foxwoods, the Connecticut casino industry saw an earnings increase of more than 12 percent from July 2001. According to the Connecticut Division of Special Revenue, total win amounts at Foxwoods were over $72 million and nearly $67 million at Mohegan Sun.

Those levels were 2.4 percent lower than last July, but Foxwoods casino executive Robert DeSalvio said he was generally pleased with the numbers.

"Last month’s results show the strength of the Connecticut gaming market, with new hotel rooms fully on-line at our neighbor’s resort," said DeSalvio executive vice president of marketing.

"Our marketing is thriving despite some weakness in consumer confidence that may be tied to a volatile stock market," he said. The mood was a bit more upbeat at Mohegan Sun, which celebrated completion of its $1.1 billion expansion two months ago.

"A nice trend continues, but it’s still below our original projections," said William Velardo, the Sun’s president and general manager.

Seminoles fined

The National Indian Gaming Commission has levied a fine exceeding $8 million against the Seminole Nation for use of illegal Class III gaming devices in its four casinos.

The Oklahoma American Indian News reported that the Seminoles used their Red Hot Respin video gambling devices on March 1, 2000 and as recently as last June.

The NIGC stated that the Seminoles "knowingly disregarded notices and continued to offer these gambling devices for play. This demonstrates a willful violation."

Cal bill on hold

A proposed bill to use slot machines in California to help local governments offset the cost of Indian gaming will not make the legislature this year, according to the Palm Desert Sun.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Battin, received the support of tribal and non-Indian leaders. It would have prevented a special distribution fund created by the gaming compact from being absorbed in the state’s general fund.