Pro and Conn: Gaming revenues up, but Gov. down

Sep 17, 2002 8:54 AM

Revenues continue to rise at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, but Connecticut Gov. John Rowland remains steadfast in his opposition toward gambling.

"The landscape changed," Rowland spokeman Christopher Cooper told the Hartford Courant "He is in complete opposition to a third casino anywhere."

Foxwoods reported $73.3 million in revenue, a $1.3 million increase over July 2002. That number was exceeded only by record earnings of $76.8 million in August 2001.

The Mohegan Sun reported slot machine revenue of $72.5 billion in August, up from the $66.7 million earnings from the previous month.

The casinos send 25 percent of slot winnings to the state of Connecticut under the gaming compact.

Cooper’s anti-gaming stand is based in large part on his failure to bring a casino to Bridgeport in 1995.

Victory for tribes

An Oklahoma federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by electronic machine manufacturer Multimedia against the National Indian Gaming Commission, saying it lacked jurisdiction to consider any complaints.

The suit involved the commission’s classification of Multimedia’s MegaNanza games as Class III level.

Under federal Indian gaming law, Class III gaming is allowed on Indian land only if a compact is reached between a state and the tribes.

Class II gaming, which includes bingo and similar games, is legal on Indian lands without state or local regulation.

Interest in Maine

Southern Maine continues to show a strong interest in landing a casino near Sanford International Airport.

Tribal representatives will be scheduling public forums and offering to speak to clubs about plans for a $400 to $500 million casino venture.

"I’m on their side," said gaming supporter Elizabeth Dupre. "We don’t have anyone else knocking on the door."

Palm Springs upgrade

The planned $90 million casino has Palm Springs business owners excited about an upgrade in tourism.

"The bigger casino will likely attract more leisure travelers that would go to other markets such Las Vegas," said Aftab Dada, general manager of the Hilton Palm Springs Resort.

The casino is located across the street from the resort.

Argosy wins KC

Argosy Riverside Casino hit a milestone, sweeping Kansas City’s loosest slots honors for 12 consecutive months.

The company has held the loosest 25-cent slots title almost exclusively since the Kansas City Star began reports its slot tracking results in 1997.

ALSO: Gross receipts from the Illinois riverboat casinos rose 4.27 percent for August to $155.9 million, according to the State Gaming Board”¦After 18 years of operation, the Bingo Palace in Kennewick, Wash., has shut down due to losses in revenue.