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.