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The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has disclosed that a soft launch period for online wagering is to commence this week, after all interested parties were notified.

This will see the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe gain permission to debut such offerings from 3pm on Tuesday 12 October.

The trifecta are the only permitted entrants to the state’s online sports betting ecosystem, with the CLC, Mohegan Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, teaming-up with Rush Street Interactive, FanDuel, and DraftKings, respectively.

Each will be permitted to offer online sports wagering within the State of Connecticut only, with the scope of the soft launch to be limited to 750 patrons.

Furthermore, online sports betting will be limited to operation during certain times of the day during the soft launch period. These are 3pm-11pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12pm-11:59pm on Thursday and Friday, and then running on a 24-hour cycle through the rest of the timeframe.

Furthermore, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes will also include online casino gaming, as permitted by the state regulator, however this will be limited to the games approved by DCP as of the start of the soft launch period, which comes in at more than 100 titles. This will not include live dealer or peer-to-peer online casino games.

FanDuel, DraftKings and Rush Street have been issued permission to begin establishing patron accounts for the 750 individuals that will take part in the soft launch. 

“We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as well as the team at DCP, for their diligence in ensuring these platforms are compliant with the regulations approved by the legislature,” said Michelle Seagull, DCP commissioner

“As long as no issues arise, we have told the licensees they may move forward with the seven day soft launch required in the regulations. Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open state-wide.”