Connecticut Online Sports Betting 2021

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It has been a long and complicated battle to legalize and launch Connecticut sports betting, but it appears that a decision will be made in 2021.

Both industry experts and lawmakers almost guarantee that CT sports betting will be available by the end of 2021.

Governor Ned Lamont has been a proponent of expanding gaming options in the state, but he has been met with plenty of resistance from Native American tribes. Now it appears that the state will give way to the tribes, and that should help a sports betting bill get passed.

A bill has been introduced in 2021 by 17 different lawmakers, and it outlines the path for CT sports betting. The Native American tribes would benefit the most, but the state would be included as well.

Until an official bill is signed, there will always be some room for changes to be made, but it does appear that legal sports betting is coming. 

Connecticut Sportsbooks

When Connecticut sports betting officially launches, all retail betting will be done at casino properties owned by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians. The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino will be equipped with a retail sportsbook to offer sports betting.

The Mashantucket Pequot Indians announced that they would partner with DraftKings Sportsbook to offer both retail and CT online sports betting. The Mohegan Tribe has chosen Kambi as a provider, and it is likely that Unibet Sportsbook will be the sportsbook operator.

The Connecticut State Lottery is expected to offer online sports betting, but they have not announced a sports betting partner. Remote registration is expected to be included in any sports betting legislation, although it could come available at a later date. 

CT Sports Betting Rules

The most recent attempts to legalize sports betting have not included any formal rules to govern the industry. Before CT sports betting is offered, a complete list of available betting markets will have to be established.

Connecticut is not home to any professional sports teams, and that would likely mean that betting on collegiate sporting events would be included. The UConn Huskies are extremely popular throughout the state and are very successful when it comes to basketball. 

The state will also have to determine if it will allow betting on esports events. 

CT Sports Betting Regulations

Proposed Bill No. 146 was filed in January by 17 lawmakers. It would seek to authorize legal sports betting in Connecticut. This group is seeking to let the Native American tribes take the lead on sports betting, but the state would still collect tax revenue and could offer online sports betting as well.

Governor Ned Lamont has been hesitant to give Native American tribes in the state more gaming opportunities, but he has started to back off of that stance. 

The Connecticut Gaming Commission would likely play a role in regulating or overseeing the CT sports betting industry. This group would work closely with the Native American tribes to ensure that all regulations were being met. 

Summary

Now that the state is willing to give up gaming control to the two Native American tribes, Connecticut sports betting is almost a certainty at this point. Both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians believe that they have the right to offer sports betting, and that will likely occur by the end of 2021.

Connecticut sports betting will not be a large market, but it is expected that some of the biggest names in the industry will offer betting. The Eastern portion of the United States has seen tremendous growth in sports betting in recent years, and Connecticut is set to join in.

Both retail and online sports betting will be available when the industry launches, but all of the in-person betting must be done on tribal lands. The Connecticut State Lottery will be able to offer online betting, but the tribes will be in charge of the industry. 

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