After Foxwoods, Mohegan considers possibilities with internet gambling companies
After reports that a fellow tribal land casino Foxwoods has been in negotiations with the UK online gambling company Sportingbet plc in anticipation of the potential legalization of online gambling in the States, another land premise, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, seems to be gearing up for the solution of the online gambling issue in the country by planning to go live with a free-to-play website.
The Mohegan Sun casino seems to be negotiating with a number of companies about such a venture, and according to the Mohegan Tribe's chief of staff Chuck Bunnell, "We have had and continue to have such talks. I think the entire industry is looking at what's happening in Europe and in the U.S. as it tries to craft legislation to clearly legalize Internet gaming.
"Part of our due diligence is to prepare for that possibility."
As for the Foxwoods casino, a statement arrived from its spokesman this week, explaining that other online firms may be involved in the talks: "The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation [owners of the Foxwood operation] has been investigating the possibilities of Internet gaming given the significant momentum and discussion it has garnered recently in the U.S.
"As part of this, representatives of Mashantucket have spoken with numerous major Internet gaming companies worldwide to understand the business and analyze partnership opportunities, but will not comment on any of those discussions."