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Mashantucket announce online gaming partnership

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: theday.com

Published April 22. 2013 10:00AM   Updated April 22. 2013 10:51AM

Mashantucket — The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino, announced today it will partner with GameAccount Network to pursue online gaming opportunities in the United States.

“The alliance brings together the owners and operators of the largest resort casino in North America and one of Europe’s leading independent privately owned Internet gaming system and software providers,” the tribe said in a statement. “The parties will initially focus on play-for-fun online gaming opportunities in the U.S., and in the event that legislation is enacted allowing real-money wagering, the parties will utilize GameAccount’s cutting edge technology and platform to ensure a safe and fair game for all players.”

The agreement is subject to regulatory approval.

Foxwoods.com, which the tribe said has about 1 million monthly visitors, will begin offering free-play Internet gaming at some point this year, the tribe said. The tribe and GameAccount also will collaborate to provide business-to-business services to other U.S. gaming operators.

“The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has long been a leader in brick and mortar casino operations, and with the help of GameAccount we aim to take the same leadership position in regulated online gaming in the U.S.,” Rodney Butler, tribal chairman, said. “Our shared vision unites GameAccount’s technical capabilities with our Foxwoods brand and our leadership in casino management.”

Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods’ southeastern Connecticut competitor, reached an agreement last year with Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies to provide free-play online poker.

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