State regulators approve rules for sports betting, online casino games
The Connecticut Regulation Review Committee approved emergency regulations for online and sports betting this morning.
The committee approved 80 pages of rules for the new industry, which include many protections against problem gambling.
Among them – players can set limits on how long they play, how much money is in their account, and how much they can wager.
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Players can't raise that limit on a whim – they would have to wait 24 hours before doing so.
Users can also suspend their account for at least three days or even add themselves to a "self-exclusion list" for a year or more.
Four Republicans voted no, saying the protections aren’t enough and that the new rules are rushed to get sports betting started in time for the NFL season, which begins next Thursday.
The state is unlikely meet that deadline because of multiple regulatory steps gaming vendors must clear. State regulators must approve each vendor's "house rules" for sports betting. For online games, vendors will need a one-week "soft launch" to make sure everything works. New games also must get certified by an independent lab.
The federal government also has to approve expanded gaming in Connecticut because it involves the state’s two Native American tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs must make a decision by Sept. 9.
The Mashantucket-Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, says they’re ready to go.
“With the NFL season kickoff fast approaching, we are working to launch online gaming and sports betting as soon as we are legally allowed to do so,” tribal chair Rodney Butler said in a statement.
Gov. Lamont released the following statement regarding the committee's approval:
“The passage of the regulations for sports wagering and online gaming is a significant step forward for Connecticut and our partners in this new marketplace. In working collaboratively with the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Connecticut has crafted nation-leading legislation, which will position our state as a leader in this space and will provide an elevated user experience for eligible residents. I want to the thank the members of the Regulation Review Committee for their thoughtful debate, commitment to this process, and passing these regulations today.”