Connecticut’s Online Sports Betting Market Could Start Oct. 7

Connecticut’s Online Sports Betting Market Could Start Oct. 7
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Online sports betting in Connecticut is set to begin on Oct. 7, according to Connecticut Chief of Staff, Paul Mounds.

If Connecticut makes its target date, residents would be able to bet on the Week 5 NFL games. The full interview with Mounds is expected to air on Eyewitness News 3 on Sunday.

Where To Bet In Connecticut

Bettors will have three options to place their wagers once Connecticut launches its sports betting operations.

FanDuel Sportsbook partnered with the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.

DraftKings Sportsbook has partnered with Foxwood in Mashantucket.

Rush Street Interactive reached a deal with the Connecticut Lottery to enter the market. Rush Street operates operates Sugarhouse Sportsbook and BetRivers Sportsbook.

An early October launch would conclude what’s been a quick turnaround from Gov. Ned Lamont signing sports betting and online casino gaming into law on May 27. The Department of Consumer Protection then set the rules and started the application process for operators. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery went through 15 operator applications before settling on Rush Street Interactive as a partner on Aug. 12.

Retail Sports Betting Launch Also Coming Soon

The latest news means Connecticut could have both retail and online sports betting go live in the coming month. Gov. Ned Lamont told local media on Tuesday he expects the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun tribal casinos to launch their retail sportsbooks before the state’s online market debuts.

“My instinct is the tribes, hopefully, will do something collaboratively at the same time on-site, and we're just waiting for the final approval so we can get everything going online as well,” Lamont said.

On Wednesday, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes had their gaming compacts published by the Federal Registrar, giving them the opportunity to launch their retail sports betting operations soon. The tribes received approval on the revisions to their gaming compacts on Sept. 9, and the publishing of it in the Federal Registrar meant the tribes are nearing the launch of sports betting.

“Modernizing our gaming industry will help protect and create Connecticut jobs, and it will generate tax revenues to the benefit of both state and local municipal budgets, as well as our tribe’s members,” Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman James Gessner Jr. said in a statement. “This is not just a regional issue – it will have a statewide impact as Connecticut works to meet critical needs as it recovers from the pandemic.”

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