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As Connecticut awaits the launch of online gambling, one of its casinos is making big preparations.
Mohegan Digital launched today as the iGaming arm of Mohegan Sun, the tribal property located in Uncasville. While the digital offering will be available in multiple states, CT online casino still needs federal approval before the bill Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law on May 27 goes into effect.
That law, enacted via HB 6451, will allow consumers to spend on online casino, poker, sportsbooks, and iLottery offerings. To that end, the Mohegan announcement says:
“As a priority, Mohegan Digital is creating an iGaming experience for its flagship property, Mohegan Sun Connecticut, after the state signed a bill legalizing sports wagering and online gaming.”
Coincidentally though, the federal approval the Nutmeg State still needs would amend Connecticut’s gambling compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes. There’s still no word from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior about that approval.
In the meantime, on July 6 the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) is slated to notify the company selected as its partner from the “sports betting solution and services” proposals.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) announced Mohegan Digital and its officers today. Rich Roberts is President and Aviram Alroy is Vice President of Product for the iGaming sports betting experience. That division will oversee Mohegan Digital.
What Mohegan Digital will oversee is what MGE President and CEO Ray Pineault characterized as strong growth throughout Mohegan’s online gambling ventures. MGE owns operates or manages US entities in Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington and Pennsylvania. It does the same in Northern Asia and Niagara Falls, Canada. You will likely see Mohegan Sun online casino and sportsbook in multiple states.
“We’ve consistently seen strong growth in digital gaming across our properties, especially in this past year, and as legal sports betting continues to expand in the US, the timing was right for us to launch Mohegan Digital.”
It’s harder to predict what will happen in the tribe’s home state. The Mohegan tribe has a deal in place with FanDuel, but it’s unclear whether it will use that brand, or launch Mohegan Sun Casino CT and Mohegan Sun Sportsbook CT using FanDuel technology.
Roberts is an outside hire, arriving at MGE after working as an executive business consultant for RSD Consulting. The firm is “focused on helping organizations enter the US sports digital media, regulated digital gaming and eSports markets.”
Before that, he was the CEO of FaceOff. While heading the US peer-to-peer social/skill sports gaming platform, he spoke about the impact the US Supreme Court decision that allowed legal US sports betting would have on the industry.
Conversely, Alroy is an MGE insider. He’s been with MGE since 2014 as its vice president of interactive gaming. Mohegan Digital will absorb that division.
The announcement stated:
“Alroy will be accountable for product strategy and developing and launching online sports betting, iGaming solutions, websites and mobile apps on behalf of MGE and its branded partners.”
Alroy said those duties are part of Mohegan’s expansion plans that go beyond Connecticut into Washington, Pennsylvania, the province of Ontario, “and more states in the future.” The Mohegan brand is already available as an online casino in New Jersey currently operated by Resorts Digital.