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The Pequots and other tribes began gambling operations on reservation land under the 1988 Indian Gaming Rightscasinofoxwoods.jpg Act. In Connecticut, the tribe was permitted to offer bingo and table games, such as poker and blackjack, which were legal in the state. Slot machines were not, so the Pequots opened a table games casino in 1992 by expanding the original bingo hall.[…] For the 12 months ending June 30, Connecticut took in $204.5 million from Foxwoods, according to the state Division of Special Revenue, the agency that tracks all forms of gambling in Connecticut. It received an additional $224 million from nearby Mohegan Sun – another casino operated by the state’s Mohegan Tribe – under a similar compact. Foxwoods now has 390 game tables and 7,400 slot machines – the most of any U.S. casino. It will soon add 1,500 slots with its eighth expansion, and a hotel tower featuring a 4,000-seat theater and 824 rooms with MGM Mirage.

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