HARTFORD – Connecticut’s long-awaited sports betting rollout begins today when Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun officially launch their retail operations.
The long-awaited bets can be placed now that the State Department of Consumer Protection has approved the state licenses Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun need to launch sports betting on tribal reserves.
“Today we celebrate a new era for our Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, sports fans, guests of Foxwoods and residents of Connecticut,” said Rodney Butler, president of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, in a written statement. “With the NFL season in full swing, it’s the game, and we look forward to a successful launch.”
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation has announced plans to begin retail and online sports betting during the first week of October. All three entities – the two tribal casinos and the state lottery – have been working to get the necessary approvals in time for the NFL regular season, which began on September 9.
The Mashantucket Pequot tribal nation and its partner DraftKings Inc. announced Wednesday that players will be able to place bets starting Thursday on the temporary DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods and at betting kiosks throughout the casino. Statewide, online sports betting and offline online gaming is expected to launch in early October, pending regulatory approvals.
The Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook is scheduled to open Thursday morning in Mohegan Sun, allowing players to place bets in four live betting windows or through 50 self-service betting terminals. An inauguration ceremony is planned.
This will mark the first step in Connecticut’s unveiling of retail and online sports betting and other internet gambling in the state in the coming weeks. It has been about four months since the General Assembly approved an agreement reached between the two federally recognized tribes and Democratic Governor Ned Lamont, authorizing the modification of the state’s gambling agreements with the tribes and allowing both d ” offer sports betting, online gambling and online fantasy games. sport in exchange for providing the state with a share of the revenue.
Lamont is expected to appear at both casinos on Thursday.
Connecticut’s new law also allows the state’s quasi-public lottery to offer online sports betting and retail sports betting at 15 locations, including those specifically located in Hartford and Bridgeport. At least 10 of those locations will be existing retail stores owned by Sportech, the state’s off-road betting operator. The Lottery’s retail and online sports betting offerings will operate under the PlaySugarHouse brand.
On Tuesday, the DCP approved the “master gaming licenses” and other licenses required for reservation sports betting for the two tribal casinos after a decision by the US Department of the Interior approving the gaming agreement between the The State and the Tribes was published in the Federal Register.
The agency has also approved “master game licenses” for the lottery and its partner Rush Street Interactive. But DCP spokesperson Kaitlyn Krasselt said the agency “was still waiting for some documents” before a smooth launch could be scheduled.
In an interview on Tuesday, executives from Sportech and Rush Street Interactive said Sportech’s top three locations in Stamford, Windsor Locks and New Haven – all of which have restaurants and plenty of TV screens for customers to watch. sports – are expected to roll out sports betting kiosks in the first week of October. They will have proprietary software that will provide players with a plethora of betting options. There will also be staffed counters at each site.
The other seven Sportech sites are expected to start offering sports betting until the rest of October. Richard Schwarz, president of Rush Street Interactive, said mobile betting is also set to launch in early October.
Despite competition from Foxwoods and Mohegan, Schwarz said he believes the lottery offerings will “stand out” given the variety, cross-marketing opportunities with the 2,900 CT Lottery locations and proximity. residents of Sportech sites across the state.
“I think the proximity to population centers and the convenience that we provide is something that is going to stand out,” said Schwarz. “We also have a lot of innovation on the product side.”