Connecticut Online Sports Betting Launch on Tuesday After Soft Launch Period

Connecticut Online Sports Betting Launch on Tuesday After Soft Launch Period

October 19th UPDATE: After Connecticut’s online sports betting launch was delayed, the state set a date for a soft launch. From Tuesday, October 12, there would be a 7-day soft launch period followed by the official state-wide launch, provided all goes smoothly - which it did!

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The Department of Consumer Protection notified the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes that they may start a seven-day soft launch for online sports betting on Tuesday, Oct 12 at 3 p.m.

“We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the team at DCP, for their diligence in ensuring these platforms are compliant with the regulations approved by the legislature,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “As long as no issues arise, we have told the licensees they may move forward with the seven-day soft launch required in the regulations. Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open statewide.”

The soft launch was limited to 750 patrons through each online platform. Internet betting will only be permitted from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, then from noon to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday and Friday before going on a 24-hour cycle for the remainder of the soft launch period.

The Mohegan Tribe is partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook, while DraftKings is the platform for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. Both FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbook had their online casino game catalog limited to the games approved by the DCP, which was over 100 games. However, there were no live dealer or peer-to-peer online casino games.

The CLC is partnered with Rush Street Interactive (RSI), which operates the BetRivers Sportsbook. RSI was selected by the CLC after receiving numerous applications for a sports betting deal. FanDuel, DraftKings and RSI were eligible to take in the 750 customers who will be able to take part in the soft launch.

Connecticut Sports Betting was Delayed

Connecticut was originally scheduled to launch its online sports betting platforms on Thursday. But a delay in the publication of the Memorandums of Understandings in the federal register pushed the launch back.

At the time, Kaitlyn Krasselt, the Communications Director for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, confirmed the delay and mentioned the state did not expect a long wait for online sports betting to go live.

“We are still working to finalize the details of the statewide online and retail launch of sports betting, and we are working with the licensees to ensure their platforms are certified and in compliance with the regulations prior to launch,” Krasselt said in an email on Thursday. “As such, no date has been set but we do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay.”

Since then, everything stayed on schedule, and the full launch finally came on Oct. 19, 12 days following the targeted launch date of Oct. 5. Here's where you can start placing bets from Connecticut:

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