Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has given its approval for the soft launch of online sports betting and online casino gaming in the state from tomorrow (12 October).
This comes after sports betting went live at Connecticut’s land-based tribal casinos at the end of September.
Online gambling soft launch to begin tomorrow
Connecticut’s DCP has given the state’s gambling tribes and their online betting and gaming partners approval to soft launch their online products tomorrow on 12 October.
This means that the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, along with their partners, will be able to kick off a seven-day soft launch period from 3 pm local time tomorrow.
The Mohegan Tribe is partnered with FanDuel for sports betting in Connecticut, the Mashantucket Pequot has teamed up with DraftKings and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is working with Rush Street Interactive.
In accordance with soft launch rules, the three operators will only be able to sports betting within the state’s boundaries. On top of this, during the soft-launch period, sports betting will only be permitted for certain times of the day.
Online sports betting with all three operators will be limited to between the hours of 3 pm and 11 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. This will be expanded to between 12 pm and 11:59 pm on Thursday on Friday.
From there, this will be expanded to a 24-hour cycle for the remainder of the soft launch period.
The scope of the soft launch will also be limited to wagering by 750 consumers directly through the online platform for all operators. During the soft launch, the two tribes will only be able to offer games that have been approved by the DCP.
Following approval from the DCP, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Steet Interactive can now begin establishing accounts for the 750 players participating in the soft launch.
DCP commissioner Michelle Seagull said: “We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the team at DCP, for their diligence in ensuring these platforms are compliant with the regulations approved by the legislature.
“As long as no issues arise, we have told the licensees they may move forward with the seven-day soft launch required in the regulations. Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open state-wide.”
Sports betting in Connecticut
The journey towards legal sports betting in Connecticut first kicked off at the start of the year when Governor Ned Lamont included sports betting in his state of the state address and state budget proposal.
In March, Lamont reached agreements with the state’s two gambling tribes to cover sports betting and online casino gaming.
Then in May, he signed HB 6451 into law, legalizing online gambling, and sports betting, and then in August, emergency regulations for sports betting were approved. Then in September, the Department of Interior approved the amended compacts for gambling in Connecticut.
In late September, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s compact was approved by the Department of the Interior and published in Federal Register.