It’s the latest — and perhaps best — opportunity to expand online gambling in Connecticut. But the idea has been around for almost a decade without coming to fruition. Will 2021 be different?
Inside the Connecticut online gambling bill
SB 146 is short on details — it’s just over a page — but it does seek to legalize all sorts of gambling online. Here are the basics:
- The state’s two tribes — the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot — would be authorized to conduct online sports betting and online casino, if and when the tribes and the state come to a new or amended
- The Connecticut Lottery would be to sell draw tickets online, as well as conduct keno online.
The key part of this appears to be the tribes signing onto the effort, and the legislature and governor. That would seemingly presage a law coming to fruition.
Gov. Ned Lamont and lawmakers have been optimistic on sports betting being legalized in recent months.
Who opposes online gambling in CT?
One potential opponent is Sportech, which runs Connecticut’s off-track betting facilities. It wants to be a part of the sports betting scene in the state, but this plan could shut them out, if all rights are given to the tribes.
MGM Resorts, which had long sought a casino in the state, appears to be pulling back and might no longer offer a stumbling block for a deal being done.
What’s next for Connecticut online casino and sports betting?
In the coming months, we’ll find out if all this optimism turns to legislative action, or if something gums up the works for online gambling in the state.
If things go smoothly, you may be gambling online in Connecticut by 2022.