- DraftKings and FanDuel saw thousands of bets placed on the first day of regulated mobile sports betting in Connecticut.
- The first wager was placed on the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.
- The Connecticut Lottery mobile sportsbook has yet to launch.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Mobile sports betting in Connecticut started with a bang as residents placed thousands of bets on launch day.
The first wager was placed on the Los Angles Dodgers Vs. Atlanta Braves Game 4 League Championship Series. The wager was on the Dodgers to win.
Following this, the flood gates were opened, and mobile sports betting in Connecticut is already looking like it will be a major market.
Mobile Betting In Connecticut
The wagers were placed at the DraftKings Sportsbook through Foxwoods Resort Casino and the FanDuel Sportsbook through the Mohegan Sun Casino.
The Connecticut Lottery will launch an online sportsbook through Rush Street Interactive, but this platform did not go live in time for launch day.
Foxwoods saw the first mobile bet placed. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, who runs the Foxwoods Resort Casino was elated about their huge first day. The tribe has been working to expand online gambling for nearly a decade.
“It really expands the ecosystem of gaming and the combination of in-person and online just extends that experience,” said Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman.
Connecticut also rolled out online casino gambling at the same time. They are now the seventh state to offer online sports betting and online casino games.
This aids Connecticut as they neighbor New York and Massachusetts who currently have no regulated online gambling options. Connecticut will see an influx of players crossing the border to bet on sports and play online slots.
“The interesting thing about Connecticut is that you … border two states that do not have legal sports betting,” said Kevin Hennessy, director of publicity for FanDuel. “So that sort of puts you on par with New Jersey, where New Jersey had that for a long time. New Jersey had originally Pennsylvania and New York. And that’s why New Jersey has kind of become almost a Nevada of the East Coast. Connecticut has that same opportunities.”
Future For Connecticut Mobile Betting
Legal online betting will only grow from here. Connecticut picked the perfect time to launch, with the many sporting events ongoing across the MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL.
The Connecticut Lottery’s PlaySugarHouse run sportsbook will launch in the near future as well, giving even more options to local players. Connecticut is already off to a strong start in the mobile sports betting business.
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