CONNECTICUT, USA — Online gambling has officially begun in Connecticut!
It comes after a delayed launch, but as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, a limited number of sports fans now have the chance to place bets online for their favorite sports teams.
State officials approved last Friday a seven-day “soft launch” beginning today.
How fans can place bets:
- Rush Street (partnered with the Connecticut Lottery)
- Fan Duel (partnered with Mohegan Sun)
- Draft Kings (partnered with Foxwoods)
Sept. 30 marked the first day of the state’s long-awaited rollout of legalized sports and internet wagering when Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods held events to mark the grand opening of temporary sports betting venues.
In addition to the two tribal casinos, the state's quasi-public lottery will offer online sports wagering and retail sports betting at 15 locations.
"The Mohegan Tribe is thankful to Governor Lamont and the Department of Consumer Protection for their cooperative efforts to reach this point, as together we finally make online gaming and sport wagering a reality in Connecticut," said James Gessner, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. "Doing so will allow us to not only offer these new products to state residents, it will in turn help protect Connecticut jobs and generate additional tax revenues to the benefit of state and local municipal budgets, as well as our tribe’s members. We're excited to take this step, and we look forward to a full launch in the days ahead."
The soft launch of online gambling will allow the three operators to open accounts for several hundred people to wager for a seven-day period.
The original launch was supposed to take place on Oct. 7 but officials said there were some bumps in the road when it came to licensing for outside vendors.
Officials say this is one of the quickest launches for online gaming in the country.
If no issues arise with the soft launch, it'll expand across the state. There will also be geo-tracking technology for each app so you have to be in Connecticut to place a bet.
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