The new Class III gaming compacts for two Connecticut tribes, the Mohegan Indians and Mashantucket Pequot, have been approved and published by the federal authorities. Earlier this year, both gaming compacts between the two federally recognized tribes and the state were revised and submitted to the federal government for review. Federal authorities have finally signed off on the new gaming compacts and published them in the Federal Register.
The publishing of the Class III gaming compacts in the federal registers marked the final step in the Mohegan Indians and Mashantucket Pequot’s quest to offer the new gaming formats. It may be noted here that the Federal Register is the U.S. government’s official publication for rules, proposed rules, notices, executive orders and other presidential documents. All Class III gaming matters reviewed and approved by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs must be published in this register.
Now, as the new gaming compacts have entered the federal registers; the two tribes have gained the right to operate iGaming and sports betting in Connecticut. In other words, the renewed compacts allow the two tribes to operate retail as well as online sports betting in addition to interactive table games and slot machines over the internet. However, Connecticut law will require the tribes to give the state a ten-day warning before starting such operations.
Mohegan Sun President Jeff Hamilton said that they were very thrilled to gain the right to offer sports betting and expand gaming in the state. He also thanked the parent company and others for turning the dream into a reality.
When asked for a comment, Hamilton said, “It is quite a thrill and a milestone that was a long time in the making. This day wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and tireless work from our parent company, MGE, my incredible team at Mohegan Sun, leadership with the Mohegan Tribe, Governor Lamont and the State of Connecticut, and our partners at FanDuel Group.”
Hamilton further added that the gaming expansion would be very beneficial for the local economy as it would generate new jobs and a new stream of tax revenue for the government.
While the Mohegan Tribe has partnered with FanDuel to operate a sportsbook at its namesake casino resort; the Mashantucket Indians have partnered with DraftKings to operate its retail Foxwoods sportsbook and offer online sports betting operations. General consensus among observers is that online sportsbooks in Connecticut will open next Thursday, October 7, 2021.