DraftKings, FanDuel Confirm Retail CT Sports Betting Launches Thursday

Posted on September 29, 2021
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Both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook will launch retail CT sports betting operations with their respective partners Thursday.

DraftKings’ temporary sportsbook will be at the Ultimate Race Book in Foxwood‘s Rainmaker Casino. Additional kiosks will be located throughout the resort, according to the release.

The temporary Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook will hold a ribbon-cutting at Bow & Arrow Sports Bar at 9:30 am. Bettors will have four live betting windows and 50 kiosks to place bets.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler called the beginning of sports betting in Connecticut a new era for all involved:

“We thank Governor Lamont and his administration, regulators, and the many lawmakers who helped pave the way for legal sports betting and expanded gaming in the state. Their collaboration and hard work has allowed trusted gaming operators like our Tribe and DraftKings to help lead innovation across Connecticut.

“With NFL season in full force, it’s game on, and we look forward to a successful launch.”

Online CT sports betting eight days away

NFL betting will only have to take place in-person for about a week in Connecticut.

The state’s three approved online sportsbook brands – DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and PlaySugarHouse – can launch Oct. 7.

That date should be circled on the calendars of bettors in Massachusetts and New York as well.

There is still no Senate action concerning sports betting in Massachusetts after the House passed a bill in June. There are more than two months left on the clock until New York regulators have to pick winning bids for online NY sportsbooks.

What about other Connecticut sportsbook launches?

The Connecticut Lottery will operate the largest retail sports betting footprint in the state with its 15 retail sportsbooks.

Ten of those sportsbooks will be at existing Sportech locations.

The intent is to soft-launch retail and online sports betting in the first week of October, a Lottery spokesperson told LSR. That is still contingent on regulatory approvals.

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Matthew Waters is a reporter covering legal sports betting and the gambling industry. Previous stops include Fantini Research and various freelance jobs covering professional and amateur sports in Delaware and the Philadelphia area.

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