This is a breaking news story and will be updated tomorrow.
Connecticut is almost ready to play ball via online gambling and sports betting platforms, now that it’s received the necessary federal approval for its amended tribal compact. The new compacts themselves were signed in March, between the Governor’s Office and the two tribes which run the state’s casinos. All that’s left before online gambling can launch in the state is the licensing and review process by the state’s regulator in order for the gaming operators to be certified.
Then Connecticut online casinos, poker, sports betting and iLottery sales are likely to launch in October, according to a press release sent out at 4:40 p.m. today by Gov. Ned Lamont.
He’d signed the relevant bill, HB 6451, into law in May.
Recently, Connecticut lawmakers created rules for the new forms of betting.
Online gambling needed federal approval to launch in CT
Connecticut officials awaited federal approval to change the state’s gambling compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes. That approval arrived today from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior.
Next steps before online gambling can launch
Next, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Gaming Division has three operators to license, review and certify.
For Mohegan, that means its recent partnership with FanDuel can get off of the ground. For the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, it means the same regarding its Foxwoods Resort and Casino operator, DraftKings. The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) will be putting forward Rush Street Interactive (RSI), but it’s unclear what the name of the app will be.
The two casino operators will offer online gambling, but all three will have online sportsbooks.
By the time sports betting launches, Nutmeggers may be able to bet on the New England Patriots vs. the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Jets.