Online sports betting, iCasino start in Connecticut

Online sports betting and iCasino will have a full launch Tuesday morning in Connecticut, according to Governor Ned Lamont.

The state has already gone through a seven day soft launch and now online sports betting has been given the go ahead.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe may begin offering online gambling to adults of legal gambling age, the governor’s office said.

The rollout began at 6 a.m. Tuesday for adults 21 and older through approved companies including Rush Street Interactive, FanDuel, and Draft Kings.

“This is an exciting time for our state and our tribal partners,” Lamont said. “Connecticut has proven itself as a leader in gaming economics for decades, and that legacy will continue with the launch of these new online options for all eligible residents.”

When it comes to online gaming, you must be physically in the state to participate.

Online sports betting and gambling has been brewing for the last 10 years here in Connecticut. It is expected to generate more than $70 million in incremental tax revenue for the state.

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The Department of Consumer Protection has a self-exclusion list that people can sign up for if they have a gambling problem.

“Also, our operators are included as part of our regulations and what they are doing, including an ability for people who want to participate but are limited, ways to limit the amount of time or amount of money you spend… notify people so that you know how long your sessions have lasted. So we want to make sure people can opt out entirely if they think that’s the safest option for them,” said Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull.

Information on services available in Connecticut for residents who may have a gambling problem can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/problemgaming

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