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Competition for gamblers' dollars getting tougher


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The competition for gamblers' dollars is getting tougher as one Wisconsin tribe seeks to block another from building a casino between Milwaukee and Chicago.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Midwest gambling market has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. There are now 36 casinos in Wisconsin and Illinois; 9,000 slot machines in Illinois taverns, truck stops and similar venues; and untold illegal slots in Wisconsin bars.

Such concerns are cited by the Potawatomi tribe as it spends millions to block the Menominee tribe from opening an $808 million casino complex in Kenosha.

The Potawatomi fear a casino between Chicago and Milwaukee would siphon many of its Illinois customers. The Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee draws about 35 percent of its customers from the Chicago area.
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