Agreement With Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan Tribes Paves Way for Keno in CT

An agreement between the state and the two Native American tribes in Connecticut has paved the way for keno to come to the state.

Lawmakers approved the bar and restaurant game a few months ago and on Tuesday the state announced striking a deal with the Mohegan and Mashantuckett Pequot tribes to allow the game to be played off the reservations.

The deal announced Tuesday allows 2,800 existing Connecticut lottery retailers to offer the number picking game.

Under the agreement, the two tribes will collect 12.5 percent of all keno revenues that come into the state and they'll continue to offer Keno at their casinos.

The reason for the deal with the Mohegan and Mashantuckett Pequot Tribes is that they have a compact with the state for all gaming and keno is included in that.

The tribes' agreement goes back decades and it led to the state getting a quarter of all slot machine revenues.

Two years ago, keno was approved but was repealed after concerns over public input.

While the game is played on reservations, lawmakers saw a financial benefit to moving it to lottery retailers.

Other sites like restaurants and bars will likely have the chance to apply for licenses to offer Keno, as well.

Keno is projected to bring in between $125 and $300 million annually.

Keno machines are expected to be installed within the next year.

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