East Windsor casino is not a done deal yet


East Windsor could soon become home to a third tribal casino run cooperatively by the Native American tribes that own and operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.

“I think everybody is looking for a change, a positive change, and I think this would put us in a positive direction,” said Tommy Benn of East Windsor. 

This proposed East Windsor Casino would open at the former Showcase Cinemas, which is just 13 miles south of MGM Springfield. Tribal leaders were planning a groundbreaking here this fall, but the town said they still need a formal building permit before that can happen. 

The Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes also have yet to receive federal approval for their proposed East Windsor Casino, which would include 1,800 slot machines, 50 table games, and 10 poker tables. 

“I would be interested in seeing what its all about there and see how it compares to MGM, but due to the proximity being in Agawam, I would prefer to stay and go to MGM Springfield, said Tom Walker of Agawam.

MGM spokesman Bernard Kavaler told 22News MGM is interested in opening a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but the state would need to change its policy and allow them to build a casino off tribal land.

Assuming they got their approvals, the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes hope to open the East Windsor casino in the spring of 2020.

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