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Today (October 12) the American state of Connecticut joined the online sportsbook and iGaming revolution not with a bang but a whisper.
The softly-softly launch has strict riders.
Initially, only 750 punters will be able to bet on the new Internet platforms.
And, for the moment, only three entities—the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes—have been given operating licences by the state’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).
All three licensees can offer sports betting. But only the two tribes may platform wider iGaming.
The Mohegan tribe have partnered with FanDuel, while the Pequot tribe has chosen DraftKings. The lotto corporation, for its part, is working with Rush Street Interactive.
The three operators can only offer sports betting within state boundaries. At launch, gambling will be closely monitored and limited to specific daily hours.
“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,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull.
“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 state-wide.”