Connecticut’s first commercial retail sportsbook opens at Winners Sports Haven Restaurant
Connecticut’s first retail sportsbook opened earlier this week at the Winners Sports Haven Restaurant & Lounge in New Haven, and an additional Rush Street Interactive-operated site is all set to open in the coming days at Bobby V’s eateries in Stamford and Windsor Locks.
The state’s first commercial sports betting site opened as part of partnership between the Connecticut Lottery and sportsbook operator RSI. It started operation on October 25, 2021.
The opening of the new sportsbooks has been made possible by Connecticut lawmakers’ decision to expand gaming. Earlier this year, state legislators approved some amendments in the state’s two tribal gaming agreements/compacts with the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The amendments allow the two federally-recognized tribes to conduct in-person as well as mobile sports betting in addition to existing services like online slots and table games.
The legislative gaming expansion package also allowed the state-run lottery to enter the arena of sports betting. However, it was allowed to offer iGaming. More precisely, the Connecticut Lottery and RSI have been allowed to operate and offer mobile and in-person sports betting at up to fifteen retail locations in the state.
Greg Smith, the president and chief executive of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., said in a statement that he and his team was feeling honored to be the only statewide retail operator of sportsbooks. RSI is making the most of its PlaySugarHouse interactive platform to offer retail and online sports betting operations in the state.
Speaking on the topic, Smith added, “Together with our partners, Rush Street Interactive and Sportech Venues, we can offer bettors world-class, in-person sportsbooks at accessible locations throughout the state, and mobile sports betting under the PlaySugarHouse brand.”
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the state’s two tribal gaming operators, have partnered with FanDuel and DraftKings, respectively, to offer sports betting and iGaming services. Gaming enthusiasts can access the two company’s interactive gambling platforms through their mobile devices from anywhere inside the boundaries of the state.
As per some fresh estimates, legal sports betting will generate $19 million in new tax revenue for the state exchequer in 2022, and it will likely jump to $23 million in 2023. RSI will share 13.75 per cent of its gross gaming revenue (GGR) from online as well as in-person sports betting operations with the state. RSI has promised to direct at least $170 million to the state over a period of next ten years.
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