CT House approves sports betting following deal with casinos
The Connecticut House of Representatives approved sports betting Thursday, two months after Gov. Ned Lamont finally reached a deal with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
"They can do sports betting in person. They can also do online sports betting in person, on the reservation. They can do fantasy contests," says state Rep. Maria Horn.
But you don't have to drive all the way to the casinos. The Connecticut Lottery can also offer sports wagers at up to 15 locations across the state.
One is likely to be Bobby Vs - an off-track betting bar in Stamford. Sportech, the group that runs Bobby Vs, is negotiating with the lottery to run most of those venues.
You'll also be able to bet on your phone, including table games like poker and blackjack.
It could be cash windfall for taxpayers. For sports wagers, the state gets an almost 14% cut. For online games, it's 18% at first -- then 20%.
There's also an extra $2 million a year to fight problem gambling.
"The tribes have contributed to problem gaming in the past, but it's always been voluntary. It's now, each tribe will pay $500,000," says Horn.
Sports betting will now head to the state Senate before Lamont signs the bill.
The federal government also has to approve the deal since it involves the tribes.
Lamont says in a statement, “I want to thank the Connecticut House of Representatives for the careful consideration and bipartisan passage of legislation that will bring Connecticut’s gaming, lottery, and sports betting market into the future, positioning our state as a leader. I also want to express my appreciation to the co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee, including State Representative Maria Horn, for their partnership as they worked with members of my administration to draft and move this legislation through the process. I look forward to this measure’s swift passage in the Senate so we can start the federal process of ensuring this legislation and agreement is authorized.”