Connecticut Aims for October Sports Betting After Fed OK

Connecticut Aims for October Sports Betting After Fed OK
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Connecticut sports betting is one step closer.

Gov. Ned Lamont, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler, and Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman James Gessner Jr. announced Thursday they have received approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior for the proposed revisions to the Connecticut online gambling compacts. The state and tribes had submitted the changes to the federal agency for consideration earlier this summer.

The approval brings the tribes, along with the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC), one step closer to implementing sports wagering and online gaming under a new law Lamont signed in May.

Late last month, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approved regulations for sports wagering and online gaming as proposed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

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The department will now continue the licensing process and the review necessary to certify the gaming platforms.

It is anticipated that sports wagering and online gaming will be available for residents of the Nutmeg State in October.

“This critical step in the process of modernizing our gaming landscape here in Connecticut ensures that our state will have a competitive, nation-leading marketplace for wagering both in-person and online,” Lamont said in a news release on Thursday. “I thank the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving these revisions, as well as the efforts of our partners with the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Today’s announcement puts Connecticut on the cusp of providing a modern, technologically advanced gaming experience that will be competitive with our neighboring states and positions us for success into the future.”

Trust The Process

Lamont signed sports betting into law on May 27, allowing the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, along with the Connecticut Lottery, to expand Connecticut gambling to offer online gaming and sports wagering.

“Today’s approval from the federal Department of the Interior is historic and begins an exciting new chapter for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,” Butler said in the release. “This expansion will allow us to enhance investments in support of our tribe, to contribute additional revenue to the State of Connecticut, and to provide a new level of entertainment for our guests. We thank Governor Lamont and our partners in state government for their support through this process. We will continue to work with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to make sports betting and iGaming available as soon as we are legally allowed to do so in Connecticut. This is a day to celebrate.”

Rush Street Makes Three

On Aug. 12, the Connecticut Lottery Corp. announced that Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive would be the state’s third and final sports betting platform.

Rush Street operates SugarHouse Sportsbook and BetRivers Sportsbook.

The 10-year agreement includes $170 million in guaranteed minimum revenue share for the CLC from retail and online sports betting. Rush Street will also team with Connecticut-based Sportech to offer sports betting at 10 of the 15 retail sports betting locations authorized statewide.

Rush Street joins DraftKings Sportsbook (Mashantucket Pequot) and FanDuel Sportsbook (Mohegan Sun Uncasville) as the three online sports wagering operators in Connecticut.

”The Mohegan Tribe is thankful to Department of the Interior — Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Gaming for today’s action, and also to Governor Lamont and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for their continued efforts and partnership,” Gessner said. “… Today is a milestone achievement for Connecticut and its tribal nations.”