Connecticut Online Sports Betting, Casinos Set for Official Launch
All systems are set for mobile sports and online casino wagering in Connecticut to be officially — and fully — operational on Tuesday.
The seven-day soft launch went live on Oct. 12 and is in its final full day with a full live launch scheduled for 6 a.m. ET Tuesday.
“No issues to report. The full launch would begin at 6 a.m. We’ll have more later today,” Kaitlyn Krasselt, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Consumer Protection, said in an email to TopUSCasinos.com Monday morning.
Gov. Ned Lamont, who placed the first retail sports bet two weeks ago, said Monday that "this is one of the fastest state implementations of online gaming and sports wagering of any state in the nation.”
"This is an exciting moment for our state and our tribal partners,” Lamont said in a news release. “Connecticut has proven to be a leader when it comes to the gaming economy going back decades, and that legacy will continue with the launch of these new online options for all eligible residents."
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During the soft launch, each of the three sportsbooks — DraftKings, FanDuel and PlaySugarHouse from Rush Street Interactive — could create or register 750 bettors to place wagers throughout the week during specific hours.
"We are having a smooth and successful trial period during which we have been demonstrating the quality and reliability of our platform," Richard Schwartz, Rush Street chief executive officer, said in an email.
More than 130 games have been approved by the Department of Consumer Protection for the FanDuel and DraftKings apps.
Online Follows Retail Sports Betting
Retail sports betting in Connecticut went live on Sept. 30 as FanDuel (at Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Foxwoods Resort Casino) and DraftKings (at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville) opened temporary sportsbooks. Both are continuing to work toward opening permanent sportsbooks at the casinos.
The Connecticut Lottery Corp.’s official sportsbook partner is PlaySugarHouse from Rush Street Interactive. In addition to online and mobile sports betting, Connecticut bettors will soon be able to wager at 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks across the state, including at Bobby V’s locations in Stamford and Windsor Locks; Sports Haven in New Haven; and the Winners locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford, and Norwalk.
The state’s Department of Consumer Protection on Oct. 8 notified the tribes and Connecticut Lottery Corp., they could begin the seven-day soft launch for online wagering. The state’s initial planned soft launch last week was delayed.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.