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Sports betting is open for business and gamblers across Connecticut were able to place a bet for the first time. September 30th, 2021 marks the day when Connecticut finally is able to take legal Sports bets across the state. According to NBC Connecticut:
The Department of Consumer Protection approved the state licenses that Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun needed and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is working with Draft Kings while the Mohegan Tribal Nation chose FanDuel to operate its sports betting. NBC Connecticut goes on to say that the Connecticut Lottery Corporation it's aiming to roll out the first phase of retail and online sports betting during the first week of October. Sportstech has the contract to operate 10 of the 15 retail locations in the state. sports betting will begin today.
This is a long time coming for the state of connecticut, as Sports gambling has been legalized for more than a couple years. Well there's a lot of details that still need to be ironed out with local sports gambling facilities like Bobby Valentine's, the day has come where you can finally place your bets in the state of Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont place the first bet in the state and expect millions of more to follow. This was a big one for Connecticut as gambling is a huge revenue maker, in Connecticut has been operating in the red for so long.
In my opinion this is a revenue stream that Connecticut should have easily been able to tap into for years. As a Stamford Connecticut native, and a lifelong Connecticut resident, this is a great day. For one now I don't have to go to Atlantic City, which is 3 hours away, to place a sports bet.
Complaining about having to raise taxes and make unnecessary budget cuts, when Sports gambling is something that everyone wanted and it's easy way to make up the difference is a win for me. Budget cuts usually start and end with school systems, which is not fair to the youth in our state. I hope people gamble responsibly in the state of Connecticut, that's no reason to not give people the option to do it at all.
I can't wait to place my first bet, as the NBA season opens, football is in full swing and the MLB playoffs is right around the corner. Sport City Chefs own TP Tymeless is a huge Sports gambling fan and I'm sure can't wait to get moving on prop bets and parlays.