Connecticut is now officially licensed to offer sports betting and online casino games, but the question remains: when can you actually place a bet?
If you’re ready to hit the two casinos in the state, you could be placing your bets very soon.
“If all goes well, we could be up and running in about two weeks,” says Rodney Butler, president of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.
The tribe owns Foxwoods Resort. Connecticut casinos got federal approval to offer sports betting this week, but before betting can begin, there are a few steps to go.
“We need to license all of our suppliers. We need to license key employees, both on and off reservations,” Butler said.
Foxwoods is in partnership with Draft Kings. Mohegan Sun will use Fan Duel.
Closer to home, you can also bet at off-piste betting sites like Bobby V’s in Stamford and Winner’s in Norwalk.
These sites are sublicensed through the Connecticut Lottery. They are likely to initiate the bets in person shortly after the casinos.
Governor Ned Lamont is eager to get started as the state gets an almost 14% reduction in sports betting and an 18% reduction in online casino games.
Online casino games are expected to wait until early October. New games must be certified by an independent laboratory and undergo a one-week “soft launch”.
“I said to people, ‘Let’s make sure we get it right.’ You don’t have to rush, ”says Lamont.
Foxwoods is planning a luxury lounge for sports bettors.
“This will be the heart of the installation. You know, bright, live. You know, floor-to-ceiling video screens. I mean, this will be the place to be,” said Butler.
Foxwoods will give media a preview of the new show next week. If you don’t want to go far for the casinos, the off track betting sites and mobile betting should be live within a month.