September 13, 2021 Sports Betting, Tribal, Land-Based

Connecticut governor: sports betting could start this week


Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said Monday that sports betting could start as soon as this week at the state’s tribal casinos.

Lamont told reporters he expects Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino to begin accepting sports wagers “any day now.”

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs granted approval for Connecticut’s revised gaming compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, the last hurdle before Connecticut could begin finalizing regulations for sports betting and iGaming.

Lamont said he expects retail sports betting to begin ahead of mobile sports betting and iGaming.

“My instinct is the tribes, hopefully, will do something collaboratively at the same time on site, and we're just waiting for the final approval so we can get everything going online as well,” Lamont said, according to WFSB.

The timeline Lamont put forward implies that Mohegan Sun/FanDuel and Foxwoods/DraftKings could take in wagers ahead of the second week of NFL games.

The tribes had initially hoped to launch sports betting ahead of the NFL regular season but missed that deadline.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation will also offer sports betting in partnership with Rush Street Interactive. RSI will operate up to 15 retail sportsbooks across the state, though there is no firm date on those locations will open.  

DraftKings and FanDuel will only have retail sportsbooks at their partner casinos.

Located between Massachusetts and New York, Connecticut is sure to capitalize on the lack of regulated sports betting and iGaming in its neighboring states.

An analysis from PlayUSA Network projects Connecticut to generate as much as $450m in sports betting and iGaming revenue annually.

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