The delay is a result of the Federal Register waiting until Sept. 27, 2021, to publish the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s gaming compact. The Federal Register published the Mohegan Tribe’s gaming compact 12 days earlier.
A spokesperson from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection on Tuesday confirmed the delay.
“We are still working to finalize the details of the statewide online and retail launch of sports betting, and we are working with the licensees to ensure their platforms are certified and in compliance with the regulations prior to launch,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement. “As such, no date has been set but we do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay.”
A representative from the Connecticut state government announced in September that online gambling would launch on Oct. 7. That news came one week after the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved final revisions of the state gaming compacts for both tribes.
Retail Sports Betting Underway
Although you cannot bet on sports via mobile apps or play online casino games in Connecticut, you can place sports bets in person.
Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino launched retail sports betting at their locations on Sept. 30 and began accepting bets that day.
At Mohegan Sun, the temporary FanDuel Sportsbook is located near the Autumn entrance and features four live betting windows in addition to nearly 50 self-service betting kiosks.
The setup is similar at Foxwoods. The DraftKings Sportsbook has a temporary location at the Ultimate Race Book in Rainmaker Casino. There are also kiosks located across the resort.
What Sports Betting Will Look Like
In addition to the retail locations at the two tribal casinos, the Connecticut Lottery will launch up to 15 retail locations around the state.
None of them are allowed to be within 25 miles of Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, but the Lottery hopes to have the locations spread out so that no Connecticut resident has to drive more than 30 minutes to place a bet in person. The Lottery has partnered with SugarHouse to operate its sports betting locations and app.
In addition to the in-person sports betting options, DraftKings, FanDuel, and SugarHouse will launch online sports betting via their mobile sportsbooks so bettors can place wagers from anywhere inside the state lines.
DraftKings and FanDuel will also launch online casinos, though FanDuel’s offerings will be found on the Mohegan Sun online casino app.
All of the online options are expected to have generous bonus offers available when you sign up for an account.