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Connecticut Sports Betting edges closer to launch as gaming compacts are published

The final steps towards legal sports betting in Connecticut are underway. The next major obstacle was completed recently when the amended gaming compact between Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Indians was officially published in the Federal Register. The publishing of the Mashantucket Pequot Indians arrives around two weeks after the Mohegan Indians had their compact published in the Federal Register on September 15.

With both compacts now done and dusted and officially published, online sports betting in the Constitution State will be able to launch on October 7. Consequently, residents in Connecticut can start betting on the Week 5 NFL schedule.

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Getting Started with Betting in Connecticut

Anybody looking to get involved in the action and place wagers before the official online launch will likely be allowed to do so at one of the state’s retail locations.

Retail sports betting has been given the go-ahead to get underway at a tribal facility a week following the publishing of the compact. Bearing in mind, the Mohegan Indians had their compact published on September 15; they will likely go live with retail sports betting first.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman James Gessner has been seen in a CT Mirror story, revealing FanDuel Sportsbook-branded sports betting kiosks.

The Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe runs the Foxwoods Casino, which will house a retail DraftKings Sportsbook. However, currently, no official launch date for retail sports wagering has been set by either tribe.

Connecticut Responsible Gambling

Sports wagering in Connecticut will give its residents the chance to ban themselves before the state goes live with sports betting.

The Department of Consumer Protection announced the introduction of a voluntary self-exclusion program. This scheme will allow bettors to restrict themselves from online wagering for a year, five years, or for life.

The Department of Consumer Protection was required to develop emergency regulations according to approved sports legislation in the state. The regulations include prompts to players about how much time they are spending on sports betting apps or websites. Additionally, players will be notified when their wagers have eclipsed $2,500.

Six months down the line, the emergency rules will be replaced by new regulations. The new regulations will have been created according to views from the public and will be put under a thorough legislative review.

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