Connecticut Online Sports Betting Launches on October 19 After a Short Delay

Connecticut Online Sports Betting Launches on October 19 After a Short Delay

Connecticut's online sports betting launch was on hold after its supposed launch date set for Oct 7. The state was originally scheduled to debut its mobile sports betting platforms on Thursday, but a delay in the publication of the Memorandums of Understandings in the federal register set the process back, according to Kaitlyn Krasselt, the Communications Director for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

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Quote from Oct 7: “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. “We do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay.”

Three Operators in Connecticut

When online sports betting in Connecticut does launch, players will have three options to place their bets. DraftKings gained market access to the state through a deal with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, while the Mohegan Tribal selected FanDuel for its sports betting partner.

Connecticut will be the 14th state DraftKings’s online sportsbook will launch in. DraftKings is already live in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Fanduel will be live in nine states with the addition of Connecticut. The popular sportsbook is already taking bets in New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona.

The Connecticut Lottery Application (CLC) fielded numerous applications for a partnership before settling on Rush Street Interactive, who operates the BetRivers Sportsbook.

The CLC is one of only three entities in Connecticut with rights to operate mobile and retail sports wagering and is the only one with the ability to operate a retail sportsbook outside of tribal territories.

“Rush Street Interactive is a respected sports betting and gaming company that has established itself as a leading innovator in the industry,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Chairman, CLC Board of Directors, in a media release. “We are impressed not only with RSI’s successes in other jurisdictions, particularly in neighboring New York betting and New Jersey, but also its commitment to responsible gambling practices.”

Retail Sports Betting Live in Connecticut

Bettors in Connecticut looking for some action can still place their bets at any of the retail sportsbooks in the state. Mohegan Sun Casino debuted its FanDuel Sportsbook on Thursday, while the DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods Casino also opened on the same day.

Gov. Ned Lamont was the first person to place a legal sports bet in the state. First, he placed a $50 bet at Mohegan Sun on the Connecticut Sun to cover the spread against the Chicago Sky. Then, he placed two $20 bets at Foxwoods Casino, one on the New York Yankees to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to top the New England Patriots.

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