In Connecticut, online gaming is coming to fruition. Regulators are working on the framework for the industry, to prepare online casinos and poker gaming to begin next year. With the rules approved, the new sector will be able to move forward with setting up operators to offer services.
Governor Ned Lamont signed online gambling legislation into law in May 2021. It took a great deal of time and effort to get the industry to this point. Online casino gaming, poker, and many other options are now legal in the state.
Now that the bill is law, the Secretary of State’s office is in control. The Department of Consumer Protection has been working on creating emergency regulations to get the industry up and running at a faster pace.
With the regulations, a licensing structure is created along with responsible gaming initiatives and privacy protections for consumers. Gaming integrity is covered along with consumer safety concerns and measures.
Approvals had to be given as well for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to begin offering online gaming and sports betting. The lottery has also been authorized to offer sports betting via 15 retail outlets.
The drafted regulations were sent to Governor Lamont for approval, and it was given. The drafted regulations were also sent to the Legislation Regulation Review Committee and a meeting is set within the committee at the end of this month.
It is expected that the committee will approve the rules. If this happens, Connecticut could launch online poker, casino, and sports betting by the end of this year, or even sooner. The goal is to get the industry up and running quickly so the state can begin to reap the benefits.
We shall see in the coming days how the industry progresses, and which sectors will get started first. It will be interesting to see which companies decide to offer services and what players will have access to from the beginning.