Connecticut is preparing to launch sports betting and online gambling by October since the Department of the Interior (DoI) approved the gambling agreement between the New England state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The agreement was largely negotiated by Gov. Ned Lamont.
Now the Connecticut General Assembly will need to review the final rules for sports betting and online gambling, which were submitted in late August.
The approval from the DoI comes not a moment too soon, positioning the state to reap the benefits of the NFL season, which kicks off this month.
Gov. Lamont said in a press release, “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.
"I thank the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving these revisions, as well as the efforts of our partners with the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe."
What’s On Offer
The agreement will allow tribes to offer both online and in-person sports betting and to expand their gambling operations to include online casinos and fantasy sports. At the same time, the state lottery will offer sports betting licenses to non-tribal operators.
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, owners of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, will be partnering with FanDuel Group and DraftKings Inc. respectively, for sports betting. The Lottery is partnering with Rush Street Interactive Inc., also the owner of BetRivers. It will be allowed to offer sports betting at up to 15 physical locations.