Retail Sports Betting Close to Launching in Connecticut

Retail Sports Betting Close to Launching in Connecticut
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Sports betting is coming soon to Connecticut, and Gov. Ned Lamont is ready for the state to officially go live.

Speaking with local media on Tuesday, Lamont mentioned the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun tribal casinos could launch soon before the online casinos Connecticut market becomes active.

“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.

Retail Sports Betting Could Come Soon

Just a day after Lamont’s comments, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes had their gaming compacts published in the Federal Registrar, meaning they could go live with their sportsbooks soon. On Thursday, the tribes received approval on the revisions to their gaming compacts. Federal approval of the revisions and publishing it in the Federal Registrar brought the tribes closer to implementing sports betting and online gaming after Gov. Lamont signed it into law in May.

“Today’s approval from the federal department of the Interior is historic and begins an exciting new chapter for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,” Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler said on Thursday. “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 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.”

The Mohegan Tribe is partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe entered into an agreement with DraftKings Sportsbook. Rush Street Interactive is the third operator after reaching a deal with the Connecticut Lottery.

Last month, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approved the regulations for sports betting, leaving the department to continue the licensing and review process to certify the platform providers.

“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,” Governor Lamont said 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.”

Online Market Still a Month Off

According to Lamont, online sports betting in Connecticut won’t be available to residents until October.

Online sportsbooks are currently undergoing testing to ensure each of the operators meet the licensing and regulatory requirements set by the state.