October 13, 2021 Sports Betting, Online

Connecticut official: online sports betting soft rollout going well

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The state is on track to fully launch online sports betting next week.

A Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection official said the state’s soft launch of online sports betting is off to a good start with no glitches reported.

Kaitlyn Karsselt, an agency spokesperson, told the Associated Press, “Everything is going well so far, and our team is looking forward to continuing to work with the operators through the rest of the soft launch. As long as no major issues arise, the full launch will begin next week.”

Connecticut began its soft launch Tuesday afternoon, allowing 750 customers to register and place wagers using Foxwoods Resorts partner DraftKings, Mohegan Sun partner FanDuel or Connecticut Lottery partner PlaySugarHouse.

The seven-day soft launch limits bettors’ wagering hours during the week. By Saturday, they will be able to place on a 24-hour cycle through the rest of the period.

Major League Baseball generated the most activity for PlaySugarHouse on Tuesday, according to a tweet from Tara Chozet, a spokesperson for the Connecticut Lottery.

“We are confident that with our huge volume of betting content, wide range of deposit and withdrawal methods, real-time cash-out approvals, and best-in-class customer service, Connecticut players will come to prefer PlaySugarHouse when wagering on their favorite sports,” said Richard Schwartz, chief executive officer of Rush Street Interactive, operator of PlaySugarHouse.

Connecticut launched retail sports betting late last month, with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun opening temporary retail sportsbooks with their respective partners.

A study from PlayConnecticut found that sports betting could generate as much as $1.5bn in annual wagers in the Constitution State.

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