DraftKings, FanDuel officially kick off in-person sports betting in Connecticut

DraftKings, FanDuel officially kick off in-person sports betting in Connecticut

DraftKings, FanDuel officially kicks off in-person sports betting in Connecticut

DraftKings and FanDuel have officially started in-person sports betting services through their respective temporary retail sportsbooks at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casino resorts in Connecticut. The two sports betting operators started taking wagers at Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun casino resorts on 30th of September, merely four months after Governor Ned Lamont (D) signed new tribal gaming compacts with the federally recognized Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has yet to set a date for their online sports betting launch. The launch of online sports betting is expected to take place on 7th of October this year.

While the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation have partnered with DraftKings and FanDuel, respectively, to run their in-person as well as online sports betting options; Connecticut Lottery Corp. has teamed up with Rush Street Interactive to run its in-person and online sports betting operations. DraftKings has located a temporary retail sportsbook at the Mohegan Tribe-owned Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville; while FanDuel has located its retail sportsbook at the tribal-owned Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. For providing online sports betting services, the two operators will offer DraftKings app FanDuel app, respectively.

The temporary DraftKings sportsbook at Foxwoods Casino is located inside the Rainmaker Casino’s Ultimate Race Book. It remains open from 11 am to midnight through the week, and 9:30 am to midnight on the weekend. A permanent DraftKings sportsbook remains under construction.

FanDuel’s permanent sportsbook at Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Earth is expected to open sometime this winter.

Connecticut Lottery Corp. and Rush Street Interactive will open up to fifteen retail sports books in the state and will offer online sports betting through Rush Street Interactive mobile app.

Currently, the state lottery giant is in search for potential locations for its upcoming sportsbooks. The XL Center in Hartford, which was previously called the Hartford Civic Center, is being considered to be one of the possible locations. Now, the XL Center is home to the Hartford Wolf Pack, which is an AHL affiliate for the New York Rangers. A number of winners OTB and Bobby V’s restaurant locations in the state, viz. Norwalk, New haven, Milford, New Britain, Hartford, Manchester, Torrington and Waterbury, will receive kiosks.

The launch of sports betting in Connecticut has taken place at a perfect time as the NFL and college football seasons are underway, and the MLB postseason is all set to start next week. As per the American Gaming Association’s estimates, as many as 42 million people will place a bet on a football game this season, up 36 per cent from last year.