Sports bettors were expecting to gain access to online services on October 7 in Connecticut. Unfortunately, the set launch date is being pushed back due to a delay in publication regarding the gaming compacts of the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Amendments were made to both compacts to legalize sports betting, and without the publication, services cannot begin.
A spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection stated that there should not be a lengthy delay when it comes to launching services. Reportedly, the details are still being worked out with licensees ensuring they have certified platforms and are in compliance with regulations before getting started.
Details of the Delay
The Department of Consumer Protection was waiting for the memorandum of understanding to be added to the Federal Register before online services could move forward. The clearance was not provided until late September, and it takes several weeks for online sportsbooks to pass certification in the state.
With the delay, online sports bettors will have to wait until Week 6 or after in the NFL season before being allowed to place bets. It is expected that bettors will be out in full force once online services go live.
Land-Based Sports Betting
While players are waiting patiently for online services, land-based options are available. Starting on September 30, the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos began offering sports betting. Temporary sportsbooks were live along with self-service kiosks.
DraftKings expects to have a fully functioning sportsbook at the Foxwoods in a few weeks. FanDuel will take a little more time to open its permanent location within the Mohegan Sun. Both retail spaces will benefit from the delay of online services. Each operator can now work on building a customer base and then market to the same clientele once online services begin.
The state lottery will also be busy offering online and in-person betting options. The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has teamed up with Rush Street Interactive to offer both services. Around 15 retail locations will open in the state, providing a massive opportunity for in-person wagering. For now, the lottery is seeking retail locations for its sportsbooks. The lottery is considering several locations including the XL Center located in Hartford.
An online sports betting app will also be offered, with players accessing services via the SugarHouse brand of Rush Street. We expect online services to go live as quickly as possible, once the green light is given by regulators.