How Long Will the Delay in Online Sports Betting in Connecticut Last?
Online sports betting in Connecticut will not go ahead on October 7 as planned.
The launch of online and mobile betting in Connecticut has been widely anticipated since May when the ban on gambling in Connecticut was lifted. Just days before bettors were preparing to place wagers, a DCP representative confirmed a false start.
This has left bettors wondering how long they will be required to wait and why things haven’t quite gone according to plan.
Here’s what we know about the delay in online sports betting in Connecticut.
Why Online Sports Betting in Connecticut is Delayed
In May, a landslide house vote of 122-21 in favor of making casino games, sports betting, and lottery sales available to residents of the state was well-received by players.
But anticipation turned to disappointment on Tuesday when Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) spokesperson Kaitlyn Krasselt confirmed just two days before the launch date that things would be pushed back.
According to Krasselt, The DCP was awaiting a memorandum of understanding in the Federal Registrar by the federal government in order to pass certification at the state level.
The agreement, however, was received on September 27.
This left governors with insufficient time to certify, thus pushing things back a little. The good news for online sports betting in Connecticut, however, is that the delay should not take too long.
Trying to pinpoint when things will get going is almost a case of asking how long a piece of string is.
With that said, players 21 and over should have the option to open accounts and bet legally within the Connecticut state lines before the end of the year.
A Brief History of Changes to Gambling Laws in Connecticut
The lifting of a ban on sports betting in the “Constitution State” marked a huge change for gambling in Connecticut.
These changes brought years of uncertainty to an end, effectively ushering in the first major updates to gambling laws in the state since the 1990s. In 1992, the Mashantucket Pequot Bingo Hall became the Foxwoods Resorts Casino while the Mohegan Sun opened its doors in 1996.
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting sports betting which led the way to legalization in many states.
Betting on sports online in Connecticut will soon be legal to those who are eligible to do so. There is an emphasis on ensuring that regulations are efficiently adhered to, however.
Rep. Maria Horn, D-Salisbury, indicated that laws and regulatory structure will become more refined to combat “addictive behavior” under the guidance of the Department of Consumer Protection.
Betting on college teams will still be barred which might come as a disappointment to some hoping to gamble on the likes of UConn.
Is Gambling in Connecticut Legal Yet?
Although there are in-depth laws to consider, most eligible bettors aged 21 and over can bet legally in the state.
But wagering online in Connecticut is a different matter altogether. For the time being.
On September 30, Gov. Ned Lamont had the privilege of placing the first legal sports bet in the state’s history when he put down $50 on Connecticut Sun to beat the spread against Chicago Sky.
Lamont then went on to back the Yankees against the Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay to beat the Pats with two $20 wagers at the Foxwoods Casino.
However, things weren’t all rosy. The Mohegan Sun later suspended betting on the WNBA following a potential “conflict” in taking bets.
The Mohegan Sun has suspended wagering on the WNBA after questions were raised over a potential conflict in taking bets on the Connecticut Sun.— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) October 5, 2021
The issue came up after Gov. Ned Lamont placed a $50 bet on the Sun to win its game vs. the Chicago Sky.https://t.co/emk21cziQp
It’s unlikely the governor will be back on the floor any time soon.
In the meantime, if Lamont is hoping to get wagers down with legal betting sites in Connecticut, he’s going to have to wait like everyone else.