The long and sometimes bumpy process toward legal sports betting from inside the state lines for residents of Connecticut has entered the home stretch.
Gov. Ned Lamont on Sept. 9, 2021, announced that the final hurdle in the regulatory process has been cleared and that he anticipates sports betting and online gambling will be available for Connecticut residents in October 2021.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs granted final approval of the proposed revisions to the gaming compacts between the State of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe that were submitted for consideration in July.
The news comes on the heels of the Aug. 31, 2021 announcement that the Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approved proposed state regulations for sports wagering and online gaming that were proposed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Now that the BIA has granted final approval, the DCP can finish its licensing process to certify the gaming platforms.
“This critical step in the process of modernizing our gaming landscape here in Connecticut ensures that our state will have a competitive, nation-leading marketplace for wagering both in-person and online,” Gov. Lamont said in a statement. “Today’s announcement puts Connecticut on the cusp of providing a modern technologically advanced gaming experience that will be competitive with our neighboring states and positions us for success into the future.”
What Will CT Sports Betting Look Like?
The Connecticut sports betting landscape has been defined for a while.
Both Native American tribes have partnered with their own sportsbook company, as has the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.
The Mohegan Tribe is partnered with FanDuel and will operate a retail sportsbook in its Mohegan Sun Casino.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is partnered with DraftKings and will operate a retail sportsbook at its Foxwood Resorts & Casino.
The Connecticut Lottery is partnered with BetRivers and will operate 15 retail sportsbooks throughout the state.
All three will also launch sports betting apps as part of their agreements.