Though online gambling is not a reality in the state of Connecticut, one tribal gaming operator is already working on partnerships.
In Connecticut, there are two tribes that currently operate gaming venues. The Mashantucket Pequot are the operator behind the Foxwoods Resort Casino, while the Mohegan are behind the Mohegan Sun. Both tribes have shown support for the legalization of online casino gaming in their state, particularly when asked about sports betting.
During testimony involving sports betting, the tribes stated that they would like to see an omnibus approach when it comes to online gambling legalization and sports betting. Legislature in the state has not passed any bill regarding either issues, so for now, the tribes will have to wait.
Even though legislation has yet to come to fruition, the Mashantucket Pequot is not delaying their efforts to create partnerships in the hopes that online gambling will come to pass in the state. The tribe recently announced two new partnerships that will see the casino offering iGaming on-site as well as to players located internationally.
Authentic Roulette Launches
Back in December, Foxwoods announced a new partnership with Authentic Gaming. This week, the partnership resulted in the launch of a new game known as Authentic Roulette. According to Seth Young, the Executive Director of Online Gaming for the brand, the casino will be able to offer the gaming option online internationally, and that taking their brand to an international level is a monumental achievement for the company.
The game is a single zero European version of roulette, with a table located in the Grand Pequot Tower at the Club Newport VIP Lounge. The game will be streamed live from the casino to online casino platforms in Europe. Clients that will offer the new roulette game include NYX Gaming Group, Betsson Group, LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group and more.
The casino is the first to bring a casino floor game to an international audience from the United States. In the US, the Golden Nugget was the first to offer the similar technology for players located in the states. Based in New Jersey, online players in the state can enjoy Live Casino Floor Roulette, which provides gaming live from the casino floor to those located at home or on the go.
On-site Mobile Gaming is Next
Foxwoods also just entered a deal with Pari-Play back in February which will see the creation of on-site mobile wagering. The groundwork is being laid for players to have access to real money gaming online while at the casino. Foxwoods will be using the interactive gaming platform of Pari-Play known as eyeON, which will allow guests of the resort to take part in digital gaming whenever they like, such as with dinner or in their hotel room.
Both Pari-Play and the casino see the on-site gaming as a starting point for overall iGaming. Once this option is launched, the companies will have a good base and be ready to begin offering even more if lawmakers decide to pass legislation, legalizing online gaming for the state.
It will take some time to see a proposal provided and a bill become law to allow online casino and poker gaming in Connecticut. For now, the Mashantucket Pequot is busy setting up deals so they will be ready if and when the time comes. As more states begin to consider the option, Connecticut could be one of the first to pass legislation, following in the footsteps of Pennsylvania, a state that passed such legislation late last year, set to offer online gaming for real money later on this year.