When will sports betting launch in Connecticut?
Connecticut is now officially cleared to offer sports wagering and online casino games, but the question remains - when can you actually place a bet?
If you're willing to make the drive to the state's two casinos, you could place your bets very soon.
"If everything goes smoothly, we could be up and running in about two weeks," says Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chair Rodney Butler.
The tribe owns Foxwoods Resort. Connecticut's casinos got federal approval to offer sports betting this week, but before wagers can start, there are a few more steps.
"We have to get all of our vendors licensed. We have to get key employees licensed, and that's for on-reservation and off-reservation," Butler says.
Foxwoods is partnering with Draft Kings. Mohegan Sun will use Fan Duel.
Closer to home, you can also wager at off-track betting sites like Bobby V's in Stamford and Winner's in Norwalk.
Those sites are sub-licensed through the Connecticut Lottery. They’re likely to launch in-person betting shortly after the casinos.
Gov. Ned Lamont is eager to get going because the state gets an almost 14% cut of sports betting and 18% for online casino games.
Online casino games are likely to wait until early October. New games must be certified by an independent lab and undergo a one-week "soft launch."
"I told people, 'Let's make sure we're doing it right.' You don't have to rush it out," Lamont says.
Foxwoods is planning a luxury lounge for sports bettors.
"It's going to be the heart of the facility. You know, bright, live. You know, floor-to-ceiling video screens. I mean, it's going to be the place to be," says Butler.
Foxwoods will be giving the media a sneak peek at the new lounge next week. If you don't want to drive far for casinos, off-track betting sites and mobile betting should be online within a month.