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Tribes look to open third casino in Connecticut

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Connecticut may be one step closer to having another casino.

On Thursday, two tribal leaders signed the official deal that allows them to build a smaller casino.

Now the question is, which town will get one.

The partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegans; two competitors now with one goal.

"We have worked together for one common purpose - to protect Connecticut jobs,” said Rodney Butler, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council.

The state is poised to lose thousands of jobs when MGM builds an $800 million casino in neighboring Springfield.

A bill recently passed allows the casinos to work with towns to find a site.

The tribes said the new casino would cost about $300 million and would have 1,000 slot machines and 100 tables. They expect to bring in about $340 million.

"We've gone through a few layoffs already from competition in the area but Massachusetts will draw away a lot of our business,” said Denise Gladue, a Foxwoods employee.

The tribes said about a handful of towns in the north central part of the state are interested, including Enfield.

This week, a developer told the town of Enfield that they’re willing to invest $200 million to build a casino at the Enfield Square Mall.

More information could be available sometime in November.

Some republican lawmakers, who have been skeptical and against this, said giving the tribes a special deal, a deal not offered to private developers, could open the door to future lawsuits.

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