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Connecticut Rolls Out Online Gambling Market Tuesday

Seven-Day Soft Launch Of Both Online Sports Betting and Casino Games Starts at 3 PM


Connecticut’s online gambling market will launch tomorrow as the state continues the rollout of its plan to expand the state’s gambling market.

According to a report from the Hartford Courant, the Department of Consumer Protection notified the state’s two federally recognized tribal nations, as well as the Connecticut Lottery Corp. that the three entities could begin accepting online bets starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

It’s the start of a seven-day soft launch to ensure that all the systems are running smoothly. Once the soft launch is complete, betting will be available statewide with no restrictions.

All three entities will be allowed to accept online sports bets, but the two tribal nations will start the rollout of its online betting market, which will feature traditional casino games like online slots and roulette.

The soft launch will restrict the Lottery’s sports betting sites to 750 accounts with limited gambling hours. FanDuel and DraftKings, the two sports betting partners of the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegan Tribe, will face the same restrictions. Rush Street interactive is the sports betting partner of the Connecticut Lottery.

On the casino side, the seven-day period will not include live dealer or peer-to-peer online casino games, which includes online poker. A spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe already told media outlets last spring that poker would be delayed until it could partner with another state for liquidity purposes, citing Connecticut’s small population.

However, regulators have approved about 100 online casino games for the tribes to offer during the soft launch.

Retail sports betting locations opened at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods on Sept. 30. Once the online marketplace is completely open, the only step left to implement from Gov. Lamont’s expanded gambling agreement would be to open the Lottery’s 15 retail betting locations.

“After more than a decade of advocacy and negotiation, statewide sports betting and iGaming is finally coming to Connecticut,” chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Rodney Butler told the Courant. “This has been a remarkable implementation schedule, from legislative approval in the spring to retail and online gaming this fall.”

Gov. Ned Lamont reached an agreement with the two tribes about a change in the gaming compact that would allow for sports betting and other forms of online gambling. The state legislature passed a bill that would allow for those changes in May.