Sports Betting in Connecticut Might See the Light of the Day

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After New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, gambling folks can look forward to Connecticut, where legislators have proposed to legalize sports betting. The bill was introduced to legalize the activity at Foxwoods casinos and Mohegan Sun, in addition to online keno games.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, who come from the southeastern part of Connecticut, back the bill. The group includes D-Manchester, Sens. Stephen T. Cassano, D-Sprague, and Catherine A. Osten. The legislative session is due for Wednesday this week.

What is the agenda of the bill?

The bill aims to revise some of the existing laws relating to in-person and online sports betting in the state. The current language of the bill would be confined only to Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal casinos located in the southeastern part of Connecticut. The bill would also empower the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to run online keno games, assuming it adheres to the agreements entered into with the tribes by the state.

Nonetheless, the bill could undergo an evolution over time, and potentially authorize other locations too. The step involves location and age verification requirements, which are designed to deny people under 21 years the access to the online gambling sites.

Connecticut lagging in the gambling race

Lawmakers in Connecticut feel that the state is falling behind the regional competitors. New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania legalized sports betting much earlier. Hence Connecticut “needs to catch-up with surrounding states” if it wishes to modernize its gaming landscape.

The Federal Court’s decision to authorize sports betting creates good leverage for Connecticut as it has two tribal casinos. Sen.-elect Norm Needleman believes that Connecticut can speedily implement the practice, and witness a steady increase in economic growth and employment.

The proposed bill would clear all roadblocks from the way of mobile betting and in-person betting. As mobile betting becomes a reality, people can place wagers from anywhere in the state, provided they have a smartphone. Currently, Nevada is the only state that permits its residents to place bets through mobile applications, though few other states are considering to enter the mobile betting domain in the future.

After the Supreme Court ruling in May, lawmakers in Connecticut were expected to introduce the bill in summer before discussions came to an end. We can only hope that the proposal sees the light of the day this time and creates a win-win for both the state and its gambling folks.

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