Connecticut’s legal sports betting market went live on Thursday with Governor Ned Lamont making the ceremonial first bet.
This comes after DraftKings and FanDuel confirmed they would both be launching land-based casino sportsbooks in the state on Thursday.
Connecticut sports betting goes live
On Thursday sports betting officially went live in the state of Connecticut with the opening of a DraftKings-branded sportsbook at the and Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino and a FanDuel Sportsbook at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Both sportsbooks are operating out of temporary locations while permanent sportsbooks are being constructed in both casinos.
The state’s governor placed the first bets at both the Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun casino to kick off legal sports betting in Connecticut.
For the time being, sports betting in Connecticut is currently limited to the land-based market as online betting is expected to go live next week.
The Connecticut Lottery is also partnered with Rush Street Interactive for sports betting. The state lottery will operate 15 retail sportsbooks throughout the state, with 10 being located at existing Sportech locations. It is not yet clear when these will go live.
Online betting to launch next week
Back in September, Lamont’s chief of staff told media outlets mobile sports betting would launch on 7 October.
The three approved online betting brands, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse, have been approved for launch and are making preparations to launch next week.
The three operators 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 Department of Consumer Protection, 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.
The journey to legal sports betting in Connecticut
The journey towards legal sports betting in Connecticut first kicked off at the start of the year when 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.
Earlier this week, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s compact was approved by the Department of the Interior and published in Federal Register. This came almost more than two weeks after the Mohegan Indians‘ compact was published in the 15 September edition of the Federal Register.