The Day – Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods to launch on-site sports betting on Thursday
Southeast Connecticut is zero point Thursday for the initial phase of the state’s sports betting rollout, with Mohegan Sun first and then Foxwoods Resort Casino welcoming Governor Ned Lamont at events to mark the opening of their sports betting on site.
Online sports betting, accessible by mobile devices and computers across the state, is still a week away.
The casinos announced on Wednesday that they and their sports betting partners were launching their sports betting on Thursday, going through milestones that seemed inevitable since a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to repeal the Professional Sports Protection Act. and amateurs. Passed in 1992, this federal law prohibited states from legalizing sports betting, effectively banning it outside Nevada.
In New England, Rhode Island introduced sports betting in November 2018 and New Hampshire followed suit in late 2019.
Lamont signed a gaming expansion bill this spring authorizing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to offer retail and online sports betting.
“Today we celebrate a new era for our Mashantucket Pequot tribal nation, sports fans, Foxwoods guests and residents of Connecticut,” Rodney Butler, president of Mashantucket, said in a statement Wednesday. “We thank Governor Lamont and his administration, regulators and the many lawmakers who have helped pave the way for legal sports betting and the expansion of gambling in the state. Their collaboration and hard work has enabled trusted gaming operators like Our Tribe and DraftKings to help lead innovation in Connecticut. As the NFL season is in full swing, let’s get started and we look forward to a successful launch. “
Casino fans will be able to place bets Thursday on a DraftKings temporary sports book at Foxwoods in the casino’s Ultimate Race Book at Rainmaker Casino and at kiosks throughout the resort. The bookmaker will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In the coming weeks, Foxwoods is expected to announce the opening of a permanent location for the bookmaker, which is in the final stages of construction.
“By leveraging the tribe’s expertise in the development and operation of one of the largest resort casinos in the world, we are delighted to bring new offerings to constitutional state consumers,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America.
Mohegan Sun will host a Ribbon Cut at its temporary FanDuel Sportsbook location in the casino’s Bow & Arrow Sports Bar. A permanent bookmaker will open this winter in Mohegan Sun’s existing race book.
Mohegan Sun noted that Thursday’s launch of retail sports betting in the state comes in time for Week 4 of the National Football League season, which includes Sunday night’s highly anticipated game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the quarterback Tom Brady, the defending Super Bowl champions and former Brady’s team, the New England Patriots.
“While we think the Patriots game will be popular on its own, it’s also the Sunday night game that tends to be the most popular game of the weekend,” wrote Kevin Hennessy, advertising director for FanDuel, in an email. “Sunday night games tend to be the big name game of the day. … “
In a timing coincidence, bettors on Thursday will also be able to bet on Thursday night’s Women’s National Basketball Association playoff game between the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky, which will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun, owned by the Mohegan tribe, lost the opener of the best-of-five semi-final series to Sky on Tuesday night, falling in double overtime.
State officials earlier announced that online sports betting will launch on October 7 on platforms operated by the tribes and the Connecticut Lottery Corp., which will also operate 10 retail sports betting sites in the north and the western Connecticut. The lottery was licensed to operate up to 15 retail outlets.
The tribes have also been allowed to provide online casino games, which are also expected to launch next week.