Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has told selected operators in the state that they may start offering online sports betting and igaming this week.
Starting from October 12 at 3pm, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe may begin their seven-day soft launch period for online wagering in the Constitution State.
Online gaming and sports wagering were legalized in Connecticut by the state legislature last May.
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has partnered with Rush Street Interactive for sports betting in the state, while the Mohegan tribe is aligned with FanDuel, and the Mashantucket Pequot is operating with DraftKings.
DCP Commissioner, Michelle H Seagull, commented: “We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the team at DCP, for their diligence in ensuring these platforms are compliant with the regulations approved by the legislature.
“As long as no issues arise, we have told the licensees they may move forward with the seven-day soft launch required in the regulations. Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open statewide.”
The lottery and tribes mentioned above are the only operators who have been permitted to offer sports betting in the state, while the tribes can also offer igaming.
During the soft launch period, online sports wagering can only be offered by the three operators during 3-11 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 pm-11:59 pm on Thursday and Friday, then running on a 24-hour cycle through the rest of the soft launch period.
The scope of the soft launch will be further limited to wagering by 750 consumers directly through the online platform for all operators, while the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes will only be able to offer games approved by the DCP during the soft launch.
Following approval from the DCP, FanDuel, DraftKings, and Rush Street Interactive may now begin establishing patron accounts for the 750 customers that will take part in the soft launch.