Tuesday marks the beginning of unrestricted online gambling for Connecticut. This isthe largest expansion of legalized betting in the state of Connecticut since the opening of the two Native American casinos in the 1990s.
After a limited trial of one week, the state Department of Consumer Protection approved the launch of online gambling.
As announced by Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday, real money games will become available to players in Connecticut and will be accessible on desktop computers and mobile phones, tablets, and other devices via dedicated casino apps.
Following the launch, entertainment groups already active in the Constitution State like the Connecticut Lottery Corp., the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe will be allowed to offer real money casino games.
The requirements for players to access the new offers include being 21 years old or older and located within the borders of Connecticut.
Like in other US states where online casinos are legal as New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, online games will be offered through partnerships formed by local licensees and digital gambling companies.
At present, the joint ventures set to bring online casino games to Connecticut players include:
- Connecticut Lottery Corp. and Rush Street Interactive
- Mohegan Sun and FanDuel
- Foxwoods Resort Casino (operated by the Mashantucket Pequots) and DraftKings
The FanDuel Casino and the DraftKings Casino apps will launch with 130 games that have received preliminary approval from the Department of Consumer Protection.
Last week, Connecticut allowed the Lottery Corp. to run a seven-day operation and test the reactions of players in the state towards the opportunity of gambling online within a regulated environment.
Data show that more than $60,000 worth of bets were placed in the first two days of operations.