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10/08/2021

Department of Consumer Protection Announces Statewide Sports Wagering Soft Launch

The 7-day soft launch will begin Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

  

Oct. 8, 2021 — The Department of Consumer Protection notified the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Friday that they may begin their 7-day soft launch period for online wagering on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

 

“We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the team at DCP, for their diligence in ensuring these platforms are compliant with the regulations approved by the legislature,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “As long as no issues arise, we have told the licensees they may move forward with the 7-day soft launch required in the regulations. Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open statewide.”

 

The parameters of the soft launch for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation are as follows:

  • Online sports wagering within the State of Connecticut only.
  • The scope of the soft launch will be further limited to wagering by 750 patrons directly through the online platform.
  • Online sports wagering will be limited to operation during certain times of the day during the soft launch period. Those hours are 3-11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m.-11:59 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then running on a 24-hour cycle through the rest of the soft launch period.

 

The parameters of the soft launch for the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes are as follows:

  • Online sports wagering within the State of Connecticut only.
  • Online casino gaming in the State of Connecticut, which shall be limited to the games approved by DCP as of the start of the soft launch period, which is over 100 games.
  • The soft-launch will not include live dealer or peer-to-peer online casino games.
  • The scope of the soft launch will be further limited to wagering by 750 patrons
  • Online sports wagering will be limited to operation during certain times of the day during the soft launch period. Those hours are 3-11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m.-11:59 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then running on a 24-hour cycle through the rest of the soft launch period.

 

FanDuel, DraftKings and Rush Street Interactive may now begin establishing patron accounts for the 750 individuals that will take part in the soft launch.

 

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