March 6, 2015—Indian gaming in Connecticut has borne the brunt of gaming expansion in the Northeast in recent years, says Dr. Clyde Barrow, author of the 11th edition of the Northeastern Casino Gaming Update and Academic Affiliate of Nathan Associates. The increase in competition and the lingering impact of the Great Recession have led to a 39% decline in gaming revenue and a 37% reduction in employees at Connecticut Indian gaming facilities since their aggregate peaks in 2006.
While the expansion of gaming in the Northeast has been extensive, the opening and expansion of commercial casinos and racetrack casinos (racinos) in New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Rhode Island have had the greatest negative impact on Indian gaming in Connecticut. And the negative impact is likely to be magnified in the next several years as new casinos open in Massachusetts and New York, and one racino in Rhode Island adds a hotel.
The 2015 edition of the Northeastern Casino Gaming Update includes new patron origin and financial data for the gaming facilities in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. The study also provides an overview of trends in the Northeastern casino gaming industry, which continues to influence gaming policy and patron behavior in the New England region.
For a copy of the Northeastern Casino Gaming Update, please click here.
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P. Meister, Ph.D.
Nathan Associates Inc.