What Caused the Connecticut Sports Betting Launch Delay and For How Long?

What Caused the Connecticut Sports Betting Launch Delay and For How Long?
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Sports fans were left disappointed after the launch of legal online sports betting in Connecticut was forced to delay on Oct 6 - the eve of the initial launch date.

Online sportsbooks FanDuel, DraftKings, and SugarHouse were supposed to go live on October 7, just in time for Week 5 of the NFL season. An unforeseen issue at the federal level means the state will now miss the scheduled launch date, but state officials assured bettors that they should not expect a “lengthy delay”.

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What caused the launch to be postponed?

The launch had to be postponed due to a delay in the publication of Connecticut’s amended gaming compacts in the Federal Register. It published the Mohegan Tribal Nation’s compact on September 15, but it waited until September 27 to publish the Mashantucket Pequot’s compact.

This delay to the “memorandum of understanding” from the federal government forced Connecticut to put the launch date on ice.

There are three master licensees in the state: the Mohegan, the Mashantucket Pequot and the Connecticut Lottery. The Mohegan and the Mashantucket Pequot have existing gaming compacts, as they offer slots at their land-based casinos, so those compacts must be officially amended before they can branch out into hosting online sportsbooks on their master licenses.

When Will Online Sports Betting in Connecticut Begin?

State officials are unable to provide a precise date for the launch, but they promised it will not be a long delay.

“We are still working to finalize the details of the state-wide 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,” said the Department of Consumer Protection in a statement to the press. “As such, no date has been set, but we do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay.”

Can Connecticut Residents Bet on Sports Events This Weekend?

The state’s first legal retail sportsbooks opened for business earlier this week. FanDuel Sportsbook has a retail book at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, and DraftKings has launched a land-based sportsbook at the Mashantucket Pequot’s Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket.

Until this Connecticut residents can head to either sportsbook to bet on sporting events such as UConn’s clash with UMass, the Jets against the Falcons in London, the Giants’ away game against the Dallas Cowboys, the big fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, and the Connecticut Sun’s eagerly anticipated game against the Chicago Sky.