MGM Springfield opening its doors on Friday

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WFSB) -- The casino competitor in Springfield is trying to bring more people over the border by offering a bus service.

MGM Springfield is launching a door-to-door bus service, and is including stops in Connecticut.

Starting Monday, Dec. 10, visitors from select cities may book round-trip travel aboard a private bus.

It will cost $20 for a round trip, plus guests will receive a special casino bonus package of free slot play and a $10 gift certificate to dine at MGM Springfield’s South End Market.

Busses will pick up from:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Westfield, Massachusetts
  • Palmer, Massachusetts
  • Enfield, Connecticut
  • Windsor Locks, Connecticut

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Connecticut casinos are feeling the drain. 

Income from operations at Mohegan Sun from July to September is down by more than 20 percent compared to last year. 

At Foxwoods, slot revenue was down by $4 million this October compared to last October. 

MGM Springfield just opened in September and the First Selectman of East Windsor said Connecticut will lose about $70 million a year to the new casino. 

"The reason they've dropped is surrounding states are building casinos too. They're taking away customers, we're advocating building a casino here in East Windsor," said Bob Maynard, East Windsor First Selectman. 

The proposed location is where the old Showcase Cinema used to be. 

Right now, plans for a third casino in East Windsor are in a holding pattern in federal court. There's a chance it could be solved during the next legislative session. 

"The amount of revenue that is being drained from Connecticut would be reserved," said Maynard. 

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