State Rep. Joe Verrengia, chairman of the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee, is trying to simplify Connecticut’s convoluted gaming policy by introducing a bill to legalize sports betting at tribal casinos, some CT Lottery locations and off-track betting sites including one located in Bridgeport operated by Sportech, the legislation also wants to make online sports betting more available, so that people can freely check the fantasy basketball rankings!
From Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant:
“It’s narrow in scope. It doesn’t include all of these other things that tend to become complicated,” he said of his proposal. “When we’re talking about iGaming and casinos, that just brings up so many other questions, and I don’t think we’ll be able to accomplish that in a short session.”
Verrengia’s proposal is narrower than that of some Senate Democrats, who would legalize sports betting with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes as the exclusive operators, while also authorizing a Bridgeport casino and extensive online gambling.
… Richard McGuire, CEO of Sportech, the company that operates off-track betting in Connecticut, said he supports Verrengia’s narrower approach to sports betting.
“It’s a noble ambition to resolve all gaming issues at the same time, however given the respective interests of numerous parties it’s a huge challenge,” McGuire said in an email. “Separating sports betting from the broader gaming initiatives is a realistic and deliverable success for Connecticut, and the solution is simple.”
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