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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:21 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Sun Sep 29, 2013.

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 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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