MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) _ The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino in eastern Connecticut, says it will partner with a provider of an Internet gambling provider to begin offering online games this year.

The Mashantuckets and GameAccount Network announced the deal on Monday. It must be approved by regulators.

The tribe and the London company say they will initially focus on play-for-fun online gambling in the United States. The two parties will be ready for real-money gambling if online is gambling is legalized.

The tribe and GameAccount say they will provide business-to-business services to other U.S. gambling operators.

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


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