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Re(5): My Trip to Dania & Magic City, Part 1

Tshurk, Bridgeport had room, but central area, including betting, was 100% bland. Zeff IMO was tight on that stuff, and long before the 90s, I could see they were thinking casino, casino, casino. They were not about to overspend on image or by appealing to more fans. That, plus safety, si why Milford beat Bridgeport many years in attendance, with a weaker roster in Milford's 1st decade or so.

Indian tribes placed liens challenging land ownership on many valuable Bridgeport properties, to push Ct into giving them casino rights to get them to "go away". Zeff wanted in on that action, as it was going to make jai alai profits play money. No other states besides Nevada, and dumpy Atlantic city had casinos, so Ct thriving with 2 huge ones was inevitable-even if both were off the beaten path geographically. Stu may be unaware, at times, the 2 fed Ct several hundred million annually on the deal they made (25% of slots take to the state, nothing on tables). The 2 employed in the neighborhood of 18,000 at their peak if I recall properly.


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