The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has given the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) permission to begin a seven-day soft launch of its online sports betting and gaming operations.
Commencing from today at 3pm, the CLC intend to launch its online sports betting in association with Rush Street Interactive but must comply with strict measures.
For the soft launch period, wagers can only be accepted from within Connecticut and are limited to the operational hours of 3-11pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12-11.59pm on Thursday and Friday then 24 hours for the rest of the soft launch period.
Furthermore, there is a limit of 750 consumers who can wager using the online platform throughout the soft launch period.
DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, commented: “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.
“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 statewide.”
Meanwhile, the soft launch also includes two other operators – the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes.
The tribes, working with FanDuel and DraftKings respectively, are also operating within limiting parameters for the soft launch period.
Both tribal operators can only offer DCP-approved games for the seven days and they cannot offer peer-to-peer or live dealer games.
Following the soft launch period, online wagering will open up state-wide, subject to the success of the next 7 days.