FanDuel gained access to the Connecticut sports betting market by partnering with the Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment on Wednesday.
The agreement, which is pending the required regulatory approvals, will bring retain and internet sports betting as well as iGaming and daily fantasy sports offering to the Mohegan Tribe’s flagship Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Said Ray Pineault, President & CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.:
“We’re excited to work with FanDuel, one of the leading sports-tech entertainment companies in the U.S. to bring the brand’s innovative sports betting and iGaming solutions to Mohegan Sun Connecticut. Our partnership is a priority for Mohegan Digital, as we look to grow and enhance our casino, sportsbook and online operations in Connecticut – and beyond. We’re confident that FanDuel will deliver a best-in-class digital and in-person experience for our loyal guests.”
Temporary Retail FanDuel Sportsbook
Wednesday’s deal included the establishment of a temporary retail FanDuel sportsbook at the Mohegan Sun. The makeshift sportsbook will have four live-betting windows and 16 self-service betting terminals. A permanent retail shop at the casino grounds is expected to be completed during winter, pending approvals.
With the temporary shop, sports bettors and fans across the state can access FanDuel’s industry-leading online and mobile betting products. Additionally, FanDuel will provide an online casino experience under the Mohegan Sun brand and will also operate daily fantasy sports across the state.
Pending Approval of Tribal Contracts
Sports betting will not go live in Connecticut until the compact between the state and the tribe isn’t approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The approval could take as long as 135 days but as we saw with Arizona recently, which was approved within a month, it could be faster.
Connecticut’s recently passed sports betting law requires DFS operators to be tethered to an entity with a master sports wagering license. The country’s top two leading DFS companies received their provisional license last July 1st and FanDuel was quick to team up with the Mohegan group to position itself for the Connecticut launch.