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Following report on increased Connecticut problem gambling, Mohegan Tribe chair welcomes state study

Connecticut Gambling
Susan Haigh
Associated Press
In this Thursday Sept. 30, 2021, file photo Zach Young, of New Haven, Conn., places a bet at one of the new sports wagering kiosks at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

The chair of Connecticut’s Mohegan tribe said he would welcome a state-commissioned study into problem gambling.

The Mohegan tribe is one of the state’s two federally recognized tribes and runs the Mohegan Sun casino. Tribal chairman James Gessner Junior said he would direct tribal and casino staff to provide all necessary information for a state investigation into problem gambling.

The state’s public safety committee is considering such a study, which would be the first in more than a decade. The committee is co-chaired by state Senator Cathy Osten — whose district includes both of the state’s tribal casinos.

The head of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling said last month they’ve seen huge increases in calls to their helpline since online gambling became legal last year.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.