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Mohegan Tribe blasted by rival for Massachusetts casino

Artist's rendering of proposed $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun casino in Massachusetts. Image from Mohegan Sun Massachusetts

Billionaire gaming mogul Steve Wynn attacked the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut on Wednesday as the rivals made their pitches for a commercial casino in Massachusetts.

Wynn said the tribe will use the $1 billion casino at the Suffolk Downs to lure high rollers to its facility in Connecticut. He claimed the tribe wants to avoid paying a 25 percent tax on table game proceeds in Massachusetts.

“What do you think they’re going to do when it comes time to move a big customer, pay 25 percent to Massachusetts, or shovel them off to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut where they pay nothing," Wynn told the the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Bloomberg News reported.

The tribe shares 25 percent of slot machine revenues with Connecticut and has done so since 1996. In fiscal year 2012/2013, the amount was $157.9 million, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.

The tribe and Wynn are vying for a commercial license in eastern Massachusetts. The tribe's face still requires voter approval, something Wynn's project has already received.

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