Sports betting begins Thursday in Connecticut – NBC Connecticut

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The Department of Consumer Protection has cleared the state licenses Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun need to launch sports betting, while Connecticut Lottery Corporation is aiming to launch the first phase of retail and online sports betting in the first week of October.

The state agency on Tuesday approved the “Master Gaming Licenses” for sports betting on reservation for the two tribal casinos in southeast Connecticut. It comes a day after a recent decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior approving an amended agreement between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes that allows legalized sports betting, online gambling, and other new forms of wagering, in the Federal Register was published.

Kaitlyn Krasselt, a spokeswoman for the consumer protection ministry, said the state agency expects sports betting to be “subject to” as early as Thursday, but that will be determined by the tribes.

In a press release on Wednesday, DraftKings announced that its sports betting partnership with Foxwoods would begin Thursday, allowing casino-goers to place bets with a temporary sportsbook.

“Today we’re celebrating a new era for our Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, sports fans, Foxwoods guests and Connecticut residents,” said Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman, in the press release.

A Mohegan Sun spokesman confirmed that the casino’s sports betting will begin Thursday.

Meanwhile, Krasselt said DCP is still waiting for some documents from the lottery and its partners before the licenses can be finalized and the soft launch planned.


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