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We Want In Says Local Indian Tribe

Added: June 16, 2014

Did you hear the latest news coming to us from the Northeast United States? From not even on the online gambling radar at all state of Connecticut? It seems that at least somebody in Connecticut has their eyes on the prize, the money prize that is from online casinos.

In case you were not aware, within the boundaries of Connecticut you are only ever allowed to gamble in a casino if and only if the casino is located on sovereign Indian land. There are two tribes in Connecticut that have the exclusive rights to provide casino type gambling.

The latest development has these two tribes going out on a limb to extend the online casino situation. The Foxwoods Resort Casino and their one and only rival within Connecticut, the Mohegan Sun have both taken matters into their own hands by setting up and launching online casino websites.

The odd thing about these two online casino sites is that they don’t yet accept real money wagers. There is the little matter of both federal and state legality to consider, after all. Nevertheless, isn’t it a bit curious that not just one, but two land based casinos have decided to set up an online casino “just in case”.

Just in case what? It would seem that either these tribes know something that the rest of the world doesn’t yet know or these tribes are incredibly optimistic that either federal or state legislation will show up to suddenly make these new online casinos legal.

What about the rest of the state, what is going on in the governor’s house? Juliet Manalan, appointed spokesperson for the Lieutenant Governor, made it pretty clear that the Governor has no interest in pursuing Internet Gambling.

So it would seem that the two competing tribes decided to do something on their own. By setting up quasi-functional online casinos perhaps they are hoping to demonstrate how much local interest actually exists in Connecticut.

According to Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owner and operator of the Foxwoods Resorts Casino, in their online casino there are already 50,000 users who have signed up for the new online casino. Get this, 50,000 users from a site you cannot even wager real money on, at least not yet.

Maybe Foxwoods along with Mohegan Sun can show how much interest there really is and in the process set up legitimate online casinos. As Chuck Burnell, spokesperson for the Mohegan tribe made clear, Internet Gambling is already happening anyway, best to legalize so it can be controlled.