On October 12, online gambling and sports betting were launched slowly and limited, and 750 people could place bets over a seven-day period. In the first two days, more than $60,000 was made in bets. The Connecticut Lottery Corporation provided information on trends in sports betting, as well as on the quality of bets and trends coming from existing accounts. The winnings of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in September increased by 7.8% and 12.1%, respectively.
Two casinos in southeastern Connecticut released their annual statistical report showing revenue growth from slot machines on Friday. Mohegan Sun reported that it saved $43.4 million after paying out prizes last month, up 7.8% from $40.2 million in September 2020. Foxwoods Resort Casino earned $31 million, which is 12.1% more compared to the same period last year.
Casinos brought the state 25% of winnings on slot machines, while the Mohegan Tribe property gave $10.9 million, and Foxwoods $7.8 million.
Both casinos launched bookmakers on their websites on September 30, and they are currently in the midst of a week-long “soft” launch of online sports betting and gambling, which feature online versions of most casino tables, as well as slot machines. The opening of online betting platforms was confirmed on October 19 by Governor Ned Lamont on his official Twitter account.
The soft launch of online gambling on Tuesday on phones, tablets, computers and desktops has limited opening hours and betting accounts. The average bet was $45, and the size of the bet ranged from $10 to just under $1,800.
The state’s initial switch to online gambling generated more than $60,000 in the first two days of betting, and the new system, including financial transactions, worked well, according to lottery officials.
President and CEO of Connecticut Lottery Corp. Greg Smith told the lottery board on Thursday, October 14 that
“we are seeing what we believe after a few days of very normal activity and so far good system testing.”
As reported in the lottery, players placed bets on the NCAA, NFL, Major League Baseball, preseason NHL, NBA, WNBA, golf, tennis and football, which Smith called “predictable sports.” The data also show that bets were also placed on Russian table tennis and UFC mixed martial arts competitions.
Robert Simmelkjaer II, chairman of the lottery, also commented:
“Accounts were created, bets were made, deposits were made, and all this without any serious problems.
State officials have limited the number of gaming accounts to 750 each for Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Connecticut Lottery Corp. Those whose requests have been rejected are waiting to place a bet when the full online game begins, which, according to Simmelkjaer, will be on Wednesday, October 20, “if everything goes well. according to the plan”.
In the near future, three gambling establishments are expected to open in New Haven and in the sports bar Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar. According to Smith, seven more outlets will be opened by the end of October.