By Preston Fusci, OIB correspondent
The Department of Consumer Protection has launched its online sports wagering and iCasino in Connecticut.
The iCasino is open to all adults from 21 and up to participate in online sports betting and set up patron accounts.
This iCasino is the product of the combined efforts of
— The Connecticut Lottery Corporation
— The Mohegan Tribe
— The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
All working with the respective online gaming operating partners
— Rush Street Interactive
More than 130 games have been approved by the Department of Consumer Protection for both the FanDuel and DraftKings apps. See this resource from SportsBettingDime on all the latest online sportsbooks and promos that are active in Connecticut.
CT Lottery Corporation has also teamed with global gaming services provider Sportech to offer sports betting at 10 of its current OTB locations, including Bobby V’s locations in Stamford and Windsor Locks; Sports Haven in New Haven; and the Winners locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford and Norwalk.
Connecticut Lottery can also operate 15 retail sports wagering locations, one of which will be in Bridgeport. A brick-and-mortar Bridgeport facility was written into the legislation signed into law.
Sites under potential consideration for a spring launch include The Webster Bank Arena and Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater.
Sportech had operated the parimutuel facility on Bridgeport’s East Side. The Kossuth Street location that once housed jai alai and dog track racing was taken out of play because of a pending sale.
“This is an exciting moment for our state and our tribal partners,” said Governor Ned Lamont about the gaming launch. “Connecticut has proven to be a leader when it comes to the gaming economy going back decades, and that legacy will continue with the launch of these new online options for all eligible residents. I am very proud to say that I placed the first legal, in-person sports wager in our state’s history just two weeks ago, and I encourage those who want to participate in placing wagers to do so, responsibly. I extend my gratitude to the staff at the Department of Consumer Protection for their efforts over the last several months to make this possible, particularly since this is one of the fastest state implementations of online gaming and sports wagering of any state in the nation.”
Within the iCasino, gamblers will be able to use real money to place wages straight from a mobile console. Veteran gamblers will be familiar with some available table options to play, such as Blackjack and Roulette. There will also be slot machine games to play on phones as well, such as Divine Fortune and Triple Red Hot 7s.
For those afraid to dip their toes into this new medium, safety measures are put in place to gain confidence. For example, some game services offer players a risk-free 24-hour trial to play, and player losses during this period will be matched up to $200. Additionally, there will be limitations on credit and periodic reminders for people for the length of time spent on the console.
iCasinos are also made to be more accessible to consumers in the digital age. The style of games can be easily changed on mobile platforms to keep things entertaining for the gamblers while still being cost-effective for the casino. Money withdrawals will also be less of a hassle since there are multiple different payout methods such as PayPal, credit or debit cards, wire transfer, e-check, and online bank deposit.
Connecticut will collect 18% of taxes on casino gambling and 13.75% of taxes on sports and fantasy sports bets.
However, there will be restrictions on placing bets on coaches, referees, and other members of collegiate sports in Connecticut.
Information about gaming in Connecticut is available at ct.gov/gaming.
Information on services available in Connecticut for those who may have a problem with gambling is available at portal.ct.gov/problemgaming.