New England is new target for gambling industry

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 5:15 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The gambling industry is looking to New England as its latest prospect for legalized casinos.

State lawmakers, business executives, lawyers, industry analysts and others are expected to gather Monday and Tuesday at a regional conference at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

BNP Media, an industry media company, and Spectrum Gaming Group, a research firm, are sponsoring the first New England Gaming Summit. An organizer says the failed effort in Massachusetts this year to permit casino gambling was one reason organizers turned to New England for the conference.

Charles Anderer, group publisher of BNP Media, legislative uncertainty remains in Massachusetts, but looking at gambling regionally makes sense.

Mitchell Etess, chief executive of Mohegan Sun, says the conference shows the industry’s importance in New England.

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