Tag Your Digital Calendar: The Connecticut soft launch of online sports betting and casino games begins Tuesday, October 12th at 3pm
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, along with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, got the green light for the soft launch of the state consumer protection ministry on Friday, after it was initially postponed to Thursday.
“We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the DCP team for their diligence to ensure that these platforms comply with the law-approved regulations,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull in a press release Friday. “As long as there are no problems, we have informed the licensees that they can continue with the 7-day soft launch required by the regulations. As soon as the soft launch is completed, online gaming will open nationwide. “
The opening times for online sports betting and casino games are limited on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., but will last 24 hours during the rest of the soft start phase. DCP said.
The DCP approved more than 100 online casino games for the Tribes and their respective casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, during the soft launch. It won’t include live dealer or peer-to-peer online casino games, DCP said, and will be limited to 750 customers.
Sports betting direct through the lottery’s online platform will also be limited to 750 customers during the soft launch, DCP said in the press release. The announcement means contractors Mohegan Sun partner FanDuel, Foxwoods partner DraftKings and lottery partner Rush Street Interactive can begin setting up customer accounts immediately.
Governor Ned Lamont signed a gambling expansion bill this spring authorizing the two tribes and the lottery to offer retail and online sports betting. Personal sports betting began in the state on September 30th when he was placing celebratory bets at each of the tribes’ casinos.