Connecticut’s online sports betting is expected to start in full on Tuesday
Connecticut regulators announced on Monday that online sports betting and online casino games can begin in earnest in hours, now that a seven-day “soft launch” of the state’s new forms of betting has been successfully completed.
Three organizations – the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe – will be allowed to start offering online sports betting starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday to all adults aged 21 and over. Bets will be made through the respective partners of the organizations: Rush Street Interactive, FanDuel and DraftKings. Each was limited to 750 initial customers during the soft launch last week.
The tribes – owners and operators of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Southeast Connecticut – will also be allowed to begin offering “iCasino” games to players aged 21 and over. FanDuel, which is a partner of Mohegan Sun, has been approved by state regulators to offer 130 games while DraftKings, which has partnered with Foxwoods, has been approved to offer 163 games so far.
“This is an exciting time for our state and our tribal partners,” said Democratic Governor Ned Lamont, who announced the agency’s final green light in a written statement. He said it marked “one of the fastest state implementations of online gaming and sports betting of any state in the country.” Lamont signed a law in May, legalizing sports betting and online gambling after years of debates and fruitless negotiations with the two federally recognized tribal nations, which have exclusive rights to certain forms of gambling in the Connecticut.
The new state law allows the lottery to also offer keno and lottery tickets online, but those plans have not yet been approved by the Department of Consumer Protection. Players 18 and over will be allowed to play these games, as well as some fantastic sports contests, which all three operators can offer.
Meanwhile, the lottery, which is partnering with off-piste betting operator Sportech, is still awaiting final regulatory approval for its in-person sports betting offerings. The lottery plans to deploy betting kiosks in phases at 10 Sportech sites across the state. Both casinos unveiled their sites in person on September 30.
During the soft launch, state regulators worked with operators to make sure that their platforms were functioning properly and that there were no issues in the security infrastructure. They also checked the limits on where people can place bets, who can register to play and how. It was also an opportunity for the Department of Consumer Protection to ensure that all three were able to provide the required reports to the state.