On Tuesday, the state of Connecticut fully launched its sports betting and iGaming offering. With this, operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel, as well as suppliers such as Genius Sports, began work in the Constitution State.
This comes after the state Department of Consumer Protection gave the go-ahead for the launch of online and retail sports betting, iGaming, and iCasino on mobile devices, desktops, and tablets following that region’s week-long soft launch.
The activity began at 6am on Tuesday, October 19 at two tribal casinos. Both the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe have been granted authorization to operate through partnerships with FanDuel and DraftKings respectively.
Players will be able to access gaming and sports betting activities via both the Mohegan Sun Casino app and the FanDuel Sportsbook app. According to the operator, the platform offers new customers the chance to receive 100% back on their casino losses incurred in the first 24 hours of play, with a limit of up to $1,000.
Simultaneously, DraftKings has launched its full suite of sports betting and iGaming products in partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Foxwoods Resorts Casino.
Speaking on the launch of sports betting and iGaming, Governor Ned Lamont said: “This is an exciting moment for our state and our tribal partners, Connecticut has proven to be a leader when it comes to the gaming economy going back decades, and that legacy will continue with the launch of these new online options for all eligible residents.”
Genius Sports has also been granted the right to operate in the Constitution State. The sports data company will supply odds and analytics to sportsbooks active within the state.
“I am very proud to say that I placed the first legal, in-person sports wager in our state’s history just two weeks ago, and I encourage those who want to participate in placing wagers to do so, responsibly. I extend my gratitude to the staff at the Department of Consumer Protection for their efforts over the last several months to make this possible, particularly since this is one of the fastest state implementations of online gaming and sports wagering of any state in the nation,” concluded Lamont.
Michelle H. Seagull, the state’s consumer protection commissioner added: “Thank you to everyone who participated in this process to ensure an effective soft launch for online gaming platforms.
“This is an exciting time in our state, and we are proud of the work we have done to ensure a safe and successful gaming landscape in Connecticut. We encourage everyone to enjoy these new forms of entertainment responsibly.”