The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, in collaboration with DraftKings, will launch retail sports betting at the Foxwoods Resort Casino starting today (Thursday 30 September).
Players will be able to place bets at a temporary DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods, which will be located at the Ultimate Race Book in Rainmaker Casino, as well as betting kiosks throughout the resort.
In addition, pending regulatory clearances, statewide off-reservation online sports betting and igaming is planned to debut in early October.
Holistic and delightful sports betting experience
Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America said: “We’re thrilled to join the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in bringing a holistic and delightful sports betting experience for customers in Connecticut.
“By leveraging the tribe’s expertise in developing and operating one of the largest resort casinos in the world, we are excited to bring new offerings for consumers in The Constitution State.”
Players can place wagers on a range of betting markets across professional and collegiate sports via kiosks or in person at Foxwoods’ DraftKings Sportsbook.
Permanent retail sportsbook
The two parties will announce the opening of their permanent retail sportsbook, which is presently under development, in the coming weeks.
Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal chair said: “Today we celebrate a new era for our Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, sports fans, Foxwoods guests and Connecticut residents.
“We thank Governor Lamont and his administration, regulators, and the many lawmakers who helped pave the way for legal sports betting and expanded gaming in the state.
“Their collaboration and hard work has allowed trusted gaming operators like our tribe and DraftKings to help lead innovation across Connecticut. With NFL season in full force, it’s game on, and we look forward to a successful launch.”
Last month, researchers predicted that combined yearly profits from online sports betting and igaming in Connecticut might reach $418 million, making the two “valuable” to the state.