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Late last week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s chief of staff told local news media outlets that a launch date for legal sports betting in his state has been set for October 7, right on schedule according to ongoing plans.
September has been an active month in the Nutmeg State regarding forward progress in the painfully long process of legalizing sports betting, a legal right that all states have gained ever since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was finally overturned in 2018.
Gov. Lamont, lawmakers, and industry leaders from his and many other states are facing a reality that their constituents are already engaging in sports betting, it’s just that they are wagering all that money elsewhere, either in neighboring states or with offshore sportsbooks with that extensive revenue forever lost.
Now Lamont is following the lead of dozens of other states by bringing legal sports betting to his residents, telling local media:
This critical step in the process of modernizing our gaming landscape here in Connecticut ensures that our state will have a competitive, nation-leading marketplace for wagering both in-person and online.
One major benefit of an early October start is now Connecticut punters can start gambling on pro football.
This October 7 launch date is just in time for Week 5 of the NFL’s regular season, the league has added another game to every team’s 2021 season, making it 17 games now (up from 16) over an eighteen-week season.
Connecticut isn’t alone – 26 other states have already made sports betting legal and this has led to a record-setting increase in NFL wagers already as we reported previously in Washington sports betting NFL Season Start Leads to 126% Increase in Online Betting Transactions.
Already in September, four states have launched their own sports betting operations, with Arizona, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Washington all beginning to reap the rewards of finally legalizing and regulating this existing revenue stream.
Constitution State sports gamblers will essentially have three choices of sportsbooks, either BetRivers (aka Rush Street Interactive), partnered with the CT Lottery, DraftKings, partnered with Foxwoods Resort Casino, and FanDuel, which is partnered with the Mohegan Sun and the Mohegan Indians.
Despite the Oct. 7 launch date just announced last Thursday by Gov. Lamont, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment President and CEO Ray Pineault is reluctant to give a specific date himself, saying in a statement:
We are also confident we will have an announcement when these new offerings will be available to our guests very shortly but are not prepared to provide a definitive date today.
Check back for all the latest updates and exciting details on Connecticut’s upcoming launch.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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