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Lobbyist urges legislation allowing slot machines to help casinos in 'fight for survival'


HARTFORD, Connecticut — An advocate for slot machines at some off-track-betting sites has told state legislators that Connecticut's two casinos are in a "fight for survival" that can be won by installing the gambling devices.

The Day of New London reports ( ) that Jim Amann, former House speaker and now a lobbyist, called on the General Assembly Thursday to pass legislation potentially authorizing video slot machines at OTB facilities.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes that own the casinos have the exclusive right to operate slots in Connecticut.

Supporters of the legislation say installing slots at OTB facilities would not be an expansion of gambling but would redistribute Connecticut slots inventory.

Cheryl Chandler, interim executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, said slot machines are particularly addictive for problem gamblers.

Information from: The Day,

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