- HB 6451 has been approved by the state Senate which would allow both sports betting and online casino gaming in Connecticut.
- The Department of Interior will still need to approve the bill after Governor Ned Lamont signs off on the bill.
HARTFORD, Ct.—Connecticut sports bettors and online casino goers have received some great news early Wednesday morning that the Connecticut sports betting and online casino bill has gained approval from the senate with a 28-6 final vote.
HB 6451 would allow for there to be both retail and online sports betting, online casino gaming, fantasy sports, keno, and online lottery ticket sales.
Sticking with the legal sports betting side of things, there will be three main operators allowed to enter the state. The Mashantucket Pequot tribe has already partnered with DraftKings, the Mohegan Tribe has struck a deal with Kambi and the final operating license belongs to the Connecticut Lottery, who is allowed to operate up to 15 retail sportsbook locations with their partnership.
Currently, the Connecticut Lottery has not made any decisions on who their sports betting partner will be but it has been narrowed down to four potential operators that will be decided on June 23.
As for how operators will go about getting a license, they must go through an application fee that costs $20,000 and is required to be renewed annually. As for the tax rates, online casino gaming will start off with an 18% tax rate that will be raised to 20% after five years while Connecticut sports betting will see a 13.75% tax rate on all revenue.
All in all, as the bill will now make it’s way to CT Governor Ned Lamont for final approval. After that it will make its way to the U.S. Department of Interior for the final stamp of approval.
The hope is that sports betting and online casinos can launch by September which is just in time for the NFL season.
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