Connecticut is looking to become the next state to legalize and launch online casino gaming, and lawmakers continue to take steps in the right direction.
A final draft of the new online gaming rules has been submitted, and there is hope that those rules will soon be approved.
Residents in Connecticut continue to wait for an official online casino launch date to be announced, but approving the final rules is an important step. This has been a process that has taken longer than what was expected, but it could lead to a firm and fair set of rules.
Governor Ned Lamont officially signed a gaming expansion bill back in May 2021, and that paved the way for online sports betting and online poker. This was done after Lamont was able to successfully negotiate a new gaming compact with the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.
When Connecticut agreed to legalize online casino games, it became just the 7th state in the US to do so. Sports betting has been the major focus in the US but states looking to find another revenue source have turned to online casino gaming.
In an effort to get both online sports betting and online casinos launched quickly, lawmakers in Connecticut passed an emergency regulation to begin this process. The Connecticut Lottery will oversee these new forms of iGaming, but legislators must craft the rules.
There is an 82-page document that has been created that contains all of the new iGaming rules and regulations that will be in place in the state. iGaming licenses will be available to the Connecticut Lottery and the two Native American tribes, but a clear partner must be established.
These new regulations also include language to prevent problem gambling and provide steps for those players that wish to limit their action.
Look For Online Poker
Not all states that offer online casino gaming have online poker sites, and some states have online poker but no online casinos. It does appear that the state of Connecticut is set to have both, but it will be online casino sites that launch first.
The Native American tribes in the state can apply for a sports betting license, a Daily Fantasy Sports license, and an online casino license. According to the language that is included in the bill, online poker will be included with the online casino license as well.
With interstate poker likely coming at some point, Native American tribes in Connecticut will be looking to partner with a company that has access in many different states. The official partners for online poker have not yet been announced, but it seems certain that two specific companies will be involved.
FanDuel is already the partner of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut, and that company is tied to PokerStars through Flutter Entertainment. The Mashantucket Pequot are looking for a multi-state provider, and WSOP would fit that bill.
Setting a date for the launch of online casino gaming is the first step, but online poker sites might not be far behind.