Connecticut Casinos Seek Later Last Call

Jul 5, 2018

Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are pushing to keep their casino bars open beyond Connecticut’s current 2 a.m. cut-off on weekends, and 1 a.m. on weekdays. This comes after Massachusetts regulators said MGM Springfield could serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the casino floor.

In the past, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has pitched a later last call to Connecticut lawmakers as a way to increase state taxes.

This week the tribe said extending hours will keep their casino competitive in the New England market.

“Now that MGM has extended their hours in Massachusetts,” said a spokesperson, “it only makes sense for us at minimum to do the same, if not implement even longer service hours, and do so responsibly.”

A spokesperson for the Mohegan Tribe said in an email that they will raise the issue with Connecticut leaders "at the appropriate time."

The suggestion brought opposition from gambling opponents.

Michele Mudrick with the Connecticut chapter of the United Church of Christ (CTUCC) said extended serving hours could lead to more drunk driving. 

“Absolutely [the CTUCC] would be opposed to extending the hours that alcohol is served, because that would increase the already high social costs that casinos have to communities," she said.