The Mashantucket Pequot’s amended compact with the state of Connecticut has been published in the Federal Register.
This paves the way for both of the state’s tribes and the Connecticut Lottery to move forward with sports betting and online gambling.
Mashantucket Pequot compact passes final hurdle
The Mashantucket Pequot’s amended compact with the state of Connecticut was published in the Federal Register on Monday morning, clearing the way for the state’s two tribes and the state lottery to progress with sports betting and online casino gaming.
The amended compact was uploaded to the Public Inspection part of the Federal Register on Friday with a Monday publishing date.
This comes almost more than two weeks after the Mohegan Indians‘ compact was published in the 15 September edition of the Federal Register.
It is not clear why there was a two-week gap between the publishing of both tribes’ compacts.
Details of the approval letter are not available, but, the Mashantucket Pequot’s compact, like the Mohegan Tribe, will allow the tribe to offer state-wide mobile and land-based sports betting as well as online casino gaming.
According to the posting, the compact became effective as of 10 September.
When will betting go live?
A concrete launch date has yet to be announced for sports betting in Connecticut, however, Governor Ned Lamont’s chief of staff, Paul Mounds, has suggested a 7 October launch date for online betting.
The Department of Consumer Protection, which will be charged with regulating the industry, has yet to confirm a launch date.
Furthermore, license applications from the Mohegans, Pequots, and Connecticut Lottery for sports wagering are currently listed as “pending” on the Department’s website.
The three entities have said they will all go live at the same time and state regulations call for operators to give a 10-day notice ahead of launching. According to the DCP, all three have already done this.
Initially, the market will go live with a seven-day soft-launch period where the regulator will test systems and monitor wagering activity. This soft-launch period could include limits on the hours sportsbooks are available, bet types, and events.
Once the soft-launch is over, online operators will be able to operate their platforms 24 hours a day will all betting selections.
Self-exclusion program goes live
Last week Thursday, the DCP’s self-exclusion portal also went live marking another important step for the state’s betting market.
This will allow bettors in the state to voluntarily ban themselves from gambling in Connecticut in an effort to implement strict responsible gambling measures.
The portal is supported by DCP’s partners, which include the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Mohegan Tribe.
Sports betting in Connecticut
Under the legislation that was signed into law back in May, the revised gaming compacts were formalised and outlined the provision for sports betting and online gambling in the state.
The state’s two tribes will be able to operate one skin for online sports betting and another skin for online casino gambling. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery will operate one skin for sports betting outside of tribal lands as well as land-based betting at 15 retail locations in the state.