BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -- The topic of casinos continues to be talked about in Connecticut.

This comes after the joint venture between the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots got federal approval on Thursday to bring a third casino to CT.

But what about a fourth? There were plans for MGM to enter Bridgeport.

While MGM is still ready for that to happen, the state is noncommittal.

They may be promising jobs, have beautiful renderings, and a dedicated webpage, but the reality of an MGM property in Bridgeport is still a long way away.

Channel 3 reached out to MGM on Friday to see if those dreams can still come true after the federal ruling gave the East Windsor casino the green light.

In a statement, MGM said “MGM remains steadfast in our view that Bridgeport is the best location in Connecticut for a commercial casino if the state is to maximize jobs, economic growth, tourism, and revenue - and a transparent, competitive process is in the state’s best interest.”

But the joint venture between the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots isn’t the only snag here.

While the announcement saturates the market even more, the biggest hurdle for MGM, or any non-tribal company, remains the state compact with the two tribes. That promises exclusivity in CT in exchange for 25 percent of slot revenue.

Previously, MGM tried to sweeten the pot by promising 35 percent from all games.

There are signs MGM could be making backup plans.

Earlier this year, they acquired Empire City in Yonkers, which doesn’t offer table games, but it is a foot in the door in the lucrative New York market.

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Another casino, just another thing to clog up the highways when they implement tolls. This state has gone into overdrive with stupidity.

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