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“We estimate about 35,000 people in the state have a real problem with gambling,” Goode explained.
More than 130 games have been approved by the Department of Consumer Protection for both the FanDuel and DraftKings apps.
No start date has been set for online sports wagering, "but we do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay," says a spokesperson for the state Department of Consumer Protection.
Not only does it own the Mohegan Sun Arena, where WNBA games are played, it also owns the Connecticut Sun team, whose home court is the arena.
Although sports wagering goes into effect on Oct. 7, Mohegan Sun may not yet be on board. "“We would rather roll it out properly than too quickly,” says President and CEO Ray Pineault.
The timing means that consumers will be able to place bets for Week 5 of the NFL season, as well as on other sports.
“Modernizing our gaming industry will help protect and create Connecticut jobs, and it will generate tax revenues to the benefit of both state and local municipal budgets, as well as our tribe’s member,” said James Gessner Jr., chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, which operates Mohegan Sun.
Offerings at the state’s tribal casinos are still dependent on approval from the U.S. Department of Interior.
The casinos provided a combined $17.5 million to the state's general fund.
“We have some incredible plans for the retail space at Mohegan Sun, with the potential to be the largest FanDuel sportsbook in the United States,” said Amy Howe, president of FanDuel Group.
“It’s been quite a ride,” says Jason Guyot. “Business levels still haven’t picked up to where they were pre-pandemic, and we’re still off on the revenue side.”