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State of Play

Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 2

  • Economic Impact $3.71 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 24,245

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $768.9 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $1.61 Billion (2016)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Connecticut has two compacted tribes: the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe.

The Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket have both established tribal councils to oversee all gaming operations on their reservations and to ensure regulatory integrity. Tribal inspectors and investigators are tasked with ensuring that all regulations are strictly followed and enforced.

The tribal gaming councils also interact with the Connecticut Division of Special Revenue to ensure the proper licensing of all employees and to approve new games and policy changes.

Beyond slot machining operation, the tribes are authorized to operate all “lottery” games, including telephone betting on any lottery game. The tribes can also conduct pari-mutuel betting on dog races, horse races and ja alai conducted on tribal lands, as well as off-track pari-mutuel betting, including over the telephone, on simulcast races.

Under the terms of the compacts, the tribes may not enter into any management contract for the management of tribal gaming operations on the reservations without the approval of the National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman.

Both compacts remain in effect until terminated by written agreement of both parties.

Each tribe operates just one casino, the Mohegan Tribe operates the Mohegan Sun while the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe operate the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

However, in June 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy signed Senate Bill 957 into law. The bill authorizes MMCT Venture LLC, the joint partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe, to operate a casino gaming facility in East Windsor. This facility, if it opens, will be a commercial gaming facility operated outside the purview of federal Indian law.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Gaming Service Enterprise

EXCLUSIVITY FEE FOR CASINO GAMES
Under each of their respective compacts, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot have agreed to pay the state 25 percent of their gross slot machine revenue.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
None

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Yes

STATE USE OF REVENUE
All funds received by the state from the tribes must be deposited in the State General Fund. However, annually $135 million dollars received by the state from the tribes shall be transferred to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund and shall be distributed by the Office of Policy and Management.

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described by IGRA.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
None

SELF-EXCLUSION
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Gaming Inspection Division and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority oversee self-exclusion programs at the tribe’s casinos.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Yes

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
None

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
None

AGE RESTRICTIONS
No person under the age of 21 may be admitted into any gaming facility or be permitted to place any wager.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
The tribes must engage an independent testing laboratory to test tickets used in a tribal lottery.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
Tribal casinos in Connecticut may offer credit to patrons.

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Not allowed