Is Online Gambling Coming to Connecticut?


ConnecticutIt seems efforts are taking place in the background to see online gambling come to the state of Connecticut.

In the United States, online gambling is being considered by several states, at least in the early stages. Lawmakers have watched as New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada had profited and they want in on the action. Pennsylvania decided to legalize iGaming late last year and should launch their operations in the near future. The decision by PA lawmakers should help other states introduce similar bills, with one state possibly preparing to do so. Movement in Connecticut suggests that online gambling may be in the mix of other gambling changes coming to the state.

Is iGaming on the Horizon?

A press conference was held recently by lawmakers of Connecticut discussing the possibility of sports betting legislation. It seems that not only is the state interested in joining others in efforts to offer sports wagering, but online gambling is also being considered. The press conference was held by Representative Joe Verrengia, House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter and House Speaker Joseph Aresimowicz.

During the meeting, the three men provided information on where the state stands regarding sports betting legislation. A forum is set to take place tomorrow with reps of the NBA and MLB in attendance as well as sports betting industry stakeholders. On March 8th, a new information hearing will take place to discuss more gambling topics. Perhaps on the agenda will be online lottery sales as a bill was introduced yesterday covering the legalization of iLottery gaming.

According to Verrengia, the forum will be to gain a national perspective on gaming, including several areas such as casino, sports betting, off-track wagering, fantasy sports, etc. Verrengia feels it will be a good time to invite leaders in these industries to come to the state and provide a sense of what is going on within a national level.

Sneaking in iGaming

During the press conference, the lawmakers made reference to online gambling. It seems that sports betting is not the only consideration being made by lawmakers. Aresimowicz mentions iGaming during the press conferences, in particular pointing out that sports betting needs to be legalized in order to bring back money spent on black markets.

On a side note, PariPlay has partnered with Foxwoods Resort Casino to provide online gaming on-site to the casino property. Statements made by PariPlay can be considered as additional proof that the state is considering online gaming. In a press release, PariPlay stated the following when discussing the on-premises solution about online gaming stating that the offering ‘will allow us to prepare for broader opportunities outside of the four walls of the physical property’.

So, is this an underhanded way to say that they are preparing for online gaming in the future? Essentially, PariPlay will be creating a site that will be used by players for online gaming but only when at the property. When stating ‘prepare for broader opportunities outside of the four walls’ seems to indicate that they are looking to overall online gaming.

While sports betting was the main point during the recent conference, online lottery gaming is also at the forefront. With the bill introduced this past Wednesday, a program would be created to sell lottery tickets for draw games via the online website of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. For this to take place, the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe will have to be on board.

For now, only discussions are being made in several subjects involving gaming in the state. It will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks/months to see what happens, if any progression will be made or if the state will continue to consider without any actual action coming in to play.