Connecticut Tribes, Lottery Expect October iGaming, Sports Betting Launch



While most U.S. sports fans and sports bettors have had Sept. 9 circled on their calendars to mark the start of the NFL season, some in Connecticut got out the red pen for a different reason. Thursday marks the 45th day that the U.S. Department of the Interior has had the tribal-state gaming compacts from two Connecticut tribes.

The DOI must either approve or deny the compacts or allow them to become “deemed approved” by taking no action by the end of the day. Any approval puts operators in the state one giant step closer to being able to go live with sports betting.

Assuming the DOI approves the compacts from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, the pacts must then be published in the Federal Register before they become operational. In addition to that, the state’s Department of Consumer Protection must approve all of the suppliers and vendors used by sports betting operators.

Operators are then required to give the DCP a 10-day notice of when they want to go live, and that time period will be followed by a seven-day soft launch, during which the regulator will monitor activity and allow operators to work out the kinks. Many states don’t use a soft-launch process, allowing operators to directly go live, but the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board used the process when it launched operators in 2019. Operators targeting October go-live

Once all of those administrative tasks are complete, BetRivers (Connecticut Lottery), DraftKings (Mohegan Sun), and FanDuel (Foxwoods) will be ready […]

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