Sports Betting in Connecticut Launches This October
Months of approvals and planning have finally come to an end. Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont, has now stated that online sports betting is set to launch during October following receipt of the news from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs that gaming compacts had been approved for the state.
Connecticut’s Sports Betting Soft Launch
Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner, Michelle Seagull, has confirmed the soft launch early next month. He has stated that all electronic wagering platforms to be used must first receive certification from independent laboratories. This soft launch will allow the state to observe how well the system works before opening it up for the general public to use.
Where Can You Bet on Sports in Connecticut?
Residents of Connecticut will benefit from a number of online and in-person sports betting options following the full launch in the state. Licenses for sports betting are set to be granted to the Mohegan Tribe, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and Connecticut Lottery Corporation who will offer the following potential opportunities:
- The Mohegan Tribe
After partnering with DraftKings, the Mohegan Tribe will be running both in-person and online sports betting, with their retail sportsbook being located in their Uncasville Mohegan Sun casino. The DraftKings mobile application will host their online sports betting platform, although the timeline to put this in place is currently uncertain. It’s unlikely to be too long after the beginning of sports betting in-person, though.
- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
After partnering with FanDuel, The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will be running both in-person and online sports betting options. Their retail sportsbook is set to be hosted at their Ledyard-based Foxwoods Casino, with online options available through FanDuel’s app.
- Connecticut Lottery Corporation
After partnering with Rush Street Interaction, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation will be offering both in-person and online sports betting options. Online betting in Connecticut will be operated via BetRivers, owned by Rush Street, and accessed via their app. The lottery in Connecticut will also open up as many as 15 in-person sportsbooks, although locations for these are, as yet, unknown. One potential location is Hartford’s XL Center (the one-time Hartford Civic Center which served as the former Hartford Whalers’ arena). Today, the Hartford Wolf Pack has made the XL Center their base.
The lottery will also provide sports betting kiosks to several Bobby V’s and Winners OTB restaurants statewide. It is already known that Winners OTB branches in Milford, Norwalk, New Haven, New Britain, Waterbury, Manchester, Torrington, and Hartford will all receive kiosks.