Connecticut Sports Betting Nears Launch as Compact Publishes

Connecticut Sports Betting Nears Launch as Compact Publishes
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Connecticut is in the final stages of its sports betting launch.

The next major step was completed this morning when the amended gaming compact between the Mashantucket Pequot Indians and the state of Connecticut was officially published in the Federal Register.

The publishing of the Mashantucket Pequot Indians comes almost two weeks following the Mohegan Indians having its compact published in the Federal Register on Sept. 15. With both compacts now officially published, online sports betting in Connecticut will be able to launch on Oct. 7. This means residents in the state can begin wagering on the Week 5 NFL schedule.

Getting Started

But those looking to place bets before the official online launch will likely be able to do so at one of the state’s retail locations.

Retail sports betting can begin at a tribal facility a week following the publishing of the compact. Since the Mohegan Indians had its compact published on Sept. 15, it’s more likely they will go live with retail sports betting first.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman James Gessner can be seen in a CT Mirror story, showing off FanDuel Sportsbook-branded sports betting kiosks.

The Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe operates the Foxwoods Casino, which will have a retail DraftKings Sportsbook. Still, no official launch date for retail sports wagering has been given by either tribe.

Connecticut Self-Exclusion Program

Sports betting in Connecticut is giving its residents the opportunity to ban themselves before the state goes live with sports betting.

The Department of Consumer Protection went live with a voluntary self-exclusion program that will allow anyone to restrict themselves from online wagering for one year, five years or for life.

Legislation of sports betting required the Department of Consumer Protection to bring forth emergency regulations. These require prompts to players about how much time they are spending on the sports betting websites or apps, in addition to giving notice when their wagers have eclipsed $2,500.

In six months, the emergency rules will be replaced by new regulations that will have more input from the public and will be put under a thorough legislative review.

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