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Connecticut officials continued to move ahead on online gambling and sports betting today by approving regulations to govern it. A launch date can’t be set yet because of a necessary federal approval. However, today’s action by the Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee brings the launch one step closer.
That body approved the state regulations “that will eventually provide structure and rules for sports betting and online gaming,” said Tara Chozet, director of public relations and social media for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC).
The rules in question are emergency rules, meaning they are only temporary. Many states use this approach to get new gambling verticals off the ground quickly, following up with permanent rules after the market is already active.
Chozet told Online Poker Report today that Connecticut still awaits approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior.
That federal approval will allow the state to amend its gambling compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes. Usually, that amendment can happen by default 45 days after a bill is signed into law. However, state officials appear to be waiting for an official response before proceeding with the launch.
There is also testing and supplier licensing to be done. However, with only two master license holders (three for sports betting, including the lottery) and one skin apiece, this shouldn’t take as long as it has in other states.
Gov. Ned Lamont signed HB 6451 into law on May 27, permitting Connecticut online casinos, poker, sports betting and iLottery.
Chozet’s organization literally has a skin in the game – online sports betting through Rush Street Interactive (RSI). CLC partnered with RSI on July 6 and formally announced the operator’s role on Aug. 12.
Today, Lamont said this about the committee approval:
“The passage of the regulations for sports wagering and online gaming is a significant step forward for Connecticut and our partners in this new marketplace. In working collaboratively with the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Connecticut has crafted nation-leading legislation, which will position our state as a leader in this space and will provide an elevated user experience for eligible residents.”
Non-residents will also be able to wager on the apps within the state’s borders.
The internet gaming portion of the rules contains few surprises. Most of the quirks we’ll see in the Connecticut market, such as its duopoly structure, are old news by now. By and large, Connecticut has avoided the mistake of reinventing the wheel, and simply copied the most common sense policies of other jurisdictions.
A few minor details do stand out, however: