Connecticut Sports Betting Opens Sept. 30 With Sportsbooks At Both Tribal Casinos

Written By Derek Helling on September 29, 2021

Connecticut sports betting is here! Your wait for legal in-person wagering on sporting events is over. Sports betting in CT begins at Foxwoods Casino with the temporary retail DraftKings Sportsbook on the property and Mohegan Sun Casino with the same under the FanDuel Sportsbook banner.

While some details are still foggy, all four parties have announced they will start taking bets on Thursday, Sept. 30 at both kiosks and windows on the casinos’ grounds. Also uncertain right now is what that means for other operators in CT and online wagering.

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The important thing to note here is that this only covers the brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. Neither DraftKings nor FanDuel have yet announced when they will launch their apps in CT for use either on Mashantucket Pequot or Mohegan sovereign lands or statewide.

According to a statement released Wednesday by DraftKings, “Statewide, off-reservation online sports betting and iGaming is expected to launch in early October pending regulatory approvals.”

This still represents a major step forward for the partnerships of the four parties, however. They aligned a few months ago for not only online and retail sports betting but also to bring online casino platforms to CT as well.

DraftKings sportsbook has not yet announced its hours or if any fanfare will accompany the sportsbook’s opening. A press release also does not include details about how many kiosks will be across the resort or in which places.

That isn’t the case for FanDuel, however. Details about its opening and the availability of its kiosks around Mohegan Sun’s gaming area are available right now.

FanDuel planning festivities for its opening

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, FanDuel will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its temporary sportsbook location. The Bow & Arrow Sports Bar will serve as that placeholder, featuring four betting windows.

FanDuel says it expects special guests at the ceremony but as of yet has not disclosed exactly who. The sportsbook also says that 50 kiosks will be distributed throughout the casino. Like DraftKings’ current spot in the Ultimate Race Book in Rainmaker Casino at Foxwoods, this is a temporary home.

DraftKings and Foxwoods began hiring for positions for the planned permanent location earlier this month. Construction is ongoing of the permanent locale. The same is true at Mohegan Sun with FanDuel’s long-term location.

So, ahead of Game 2 of the Connecticut Sun‘s WNBA semifinal series Thursday night, bettors will be able to visit either casino and put down some wagers. What about doing the same throughout the rest of the state, though?

Still waiting on more news drops

Just as we’re waiting for more news about the launch of online sportsbooks, the same goes for the CT Lottery and its operational partner for sports betting, PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook. The latest launch timeline for online wagering is Thursday, Oct. 7.

The Lottery’s SugarHouse platform might be the last to launch in CT, especially in brick-and-mortar terms. The new agreements give the Lottery the right to run up to 15 locations around the state on non-tribal lands. So far, the Lottery hasn’t announced any of them.

By the end of next week, CT sports fans could be wagering on DraftKings and FanDuel both in-person and online legally without leaving their state. The in-person component of that begins tomorrow.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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