Free Slots Cost Tribes $25M

Letting gamblers play the slots for free is going to cost two Indian tribes $25 million in slot revenues.

The casinos will be handing chips over to the state to compensate for the promotions, Connecticut officials said.

The problem for the state is that Foxwoods offered some patrons coupons or electronic credits through a program called "Free Play," and the Mohegan Sun had a similar promotion called "eBonus."

The state claims the tribes owe money for that slot machine use because 25 percent of the casinos' gross operating revenues from slots go to the state.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the state Division of Special Revenue announced the settlement Wednesday.

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