Connecticut Sports Betting update
Online Sports Betting moves closer in Connecticut following regulations approval
Connecticut took a giant leap towards legal sports betting on Tuesday as the state General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee gave the green light for sports wagering and online gaming regulations.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said in a statement regarding bill ER2021-031 that the approval of regulations for sports betting and online gaming is a “significant step forward for Connecticut and our partners.” Lamont added that working in tandem with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the Mohegan Tribe, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Constitution State has created a “nation-leading legislation, which will position our state as a leader in this space.” Lamond stated that Connecticut would provide “an elevated user experience for eligible residents.”
Additionally, Lamont was keen to thank the Regulation Review Committee members for their time and commitment to the process and ultimately passing the regulations.
Connecticut Sports Betting law signed in May
Gov. Lamont signed sports betting into law on May 27. Consequently, in conjunction with the Connecticut Lottery, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Mohegan Tribe were permitted to expand Connecticut gambling to offer online sports betting and online gaming.
Sports wagering in Connecticut could launch this Fall. Lawmakers and other stakeholders have set an optimistic and ambitious timeline. It is more realistic that the launch date will be the end of the year or early 2022.
The U.S. Department of the Interior still needs to give approval to the two previously announced tribal gaming compacts. This could happen after NFL betting takes off following the season’s opening game on September 9 between defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.
In August, the Connecticut Lottery Corp. revealed that Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive would be the third and final sports betting platform. Rush Street runs BetRivers Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook.
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