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Tribes sign agreement on third Connecticut casino location

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Tribal leaders sign casino agreement on Thursday. (WFSB) Tribal leaders sign casino agreement on Thursday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The stakes are high as a move to spread gambling in Connecticut takes another step forward.

Lawmakers already grated the two tribes running Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun the chance to open a third location.

On Thursday, they partnered up to get the process started.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes signed a formal agreement.

It was just a few months ago that Hartford was a battleground over a potential third casino in Connecticut. In the end, lawmakers decided in a late night vote to allow the tribes to take proposals from cities and towns interested in hosting one.

The result will be different from the two current casinos since it won’t be built on tribal land.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes said the move is necessary to keep jobs in the state. This after an MGM casino is planned in neighboring Springfield, MA.

It’s still unclear exactly where the third location in Connecticut will be. The tribes said they want to put it north of Hartford.

Just this week, developers in Enfield presented the community with a plan to work it into the Enfield Square Mall.

“Does it benefit the community overall?” wondered Elizabeth Davis, an Enfield resident. “That's the bottom line.”

“I'm not against gambling,” said Diane Carlone, also an Enfield resident. “Just not in my town.”

Since the location won’t be on tribal land, it would be subject to a slightly different set of rules.

Lawmakers said they still need to decide what those rules will be.

The signing took place at 1:30 p.m. at the state capitol building in Hartford.

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