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Connecticut approves provisional sports betting regulations ahead of market launch


The Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee has approved regulations for sports betting and online gaming within the state. 

If all requirements are met for obtaining a gaming license, the commissioner will be able to give a master wagering license to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe (or an affiliate owned by the tribe), and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.

Potential online gaming operators would have to reach an agreement with a master wagering licensee before commencing operations, which would be carried out on the master licensee’s behalf. Operators can apply for licenses based on them being a licensee of good standing in another state.

Factors for whether an operator receives a license include the applicant’s financial responsibility, records of criminal convictions, tax compliance, and any false information submitted in the application.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lemont said: “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.

“I want to thank the members of the Regulation Review Committee for their thoughtful debate, commitment to this process and passing these regulations today.”

Sports wagering and igaming were officially legalized within the state earlier this year, after House Bill 6451 was signed into law.

As per the bill, each tribe would be permitted to operate one skin for online sports betting and another for igaming.

The bill also allows the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to run one skin for sports betting outside tribal lands, in addition to retail wagering at 15 locations across the state, as long as they are located at least 25 miles from tribal reservations.