It may not have launched at its original target date but it’s not too late either.
Supporters of Connecticut spots betting wanted to launch earlier this month, or before the start of the NFL season. That did not happen. Instead, legal sports betting in the Constitution State will officially begin on October 7th. With the NFL adopting a 17-game regular season this year, there’s still plenty of football action to bet on.
In an interview with a local television network on Thursday, Paul Mounds, the Chief of Staff to CT Gov. Ned Lamont said:
“We are now focused on October 7, which is Thursday, which will be the full launch of online betting here in the state of Connecticut.”
State’s Revised Gaming Compacts Approved Last Week
One week ago, Gov. Lamont announced that the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the state’s revised gaming compacts with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes. The approval paved the way for the Department of Consumer Protection to begin with the licensing and certification process needed before the launch.
The Tribes and the Connecticut Lottery have been working double time with their respective sports betting partners since last week but until today, no firm timetable was issued. Launching on October 7th means that Connecticut sports betting will be up and running when the betting for week 5 of the 2021 NFL season begins.
Sports Betting and iCasino Gaming
DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive will all operate their respective platforms in the state. DraftKings has entered into a partnership with Foxwoods Casino while FanDuel has paired with the Mohegan Sun. Both are licensed to operate online sports betting and iCasino products. RSI meanwhile, will offer sports betting only.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is building a retail DraftKings sportsbook at the Foxwoods Casino which will open in October. FanDuel is also planning to put up a brick and mortar shop at the Mohegan Sun. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery awarded Sportstech a contract to operate 10 out of their allowed 15 retails sports betting shops in the state.