Connecticut kicked off a new era Thursday with retail sportsbooks at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, popular casinos each located in the southeastern part of the state, both open for business. Appearing Thursday at Bow & Arrow Sports Bar, temporary home of Mohegan Sun’s FanDuel Sportsbook (a larger space featuring a 140-foot video wall and 36 betting kiosks will open this winter), Governor Ned Lamont placed the state’s ceremonial first bet, wagering on the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, who play their home games just down the hall at Mohegan Sun Arena. About 10 miles away, Foxwoods debuted its own sportsbook operated by DraftKings. FanDuel and DraftKings are due to launch mobile apps in Connecticut next Thursday.
With Connecticut’s DraftKings and FanDuel apps going live next week, sports betting will soon be operational in 28 of 50 U.S. states. New York, however, has lagged behind with mobile sports betting delayed until at least this winter. State residents can still wager in person at one of four approved sportsbooks—Del Lago Resort & Casino, Resorts World Catskills, Rivers Casino and Tioga Downs. But obviously that’s nowhere near as convenient as betting on your phone, which is permitted in most surrounding states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and, in a few short days, Connecticut.
The idea of having to cross the Holland Tunnel to place a bet on the Jets to cover against Tennessee is equal parts infuriating and comical, but unfortunately for New Yorkers, the wheels of change move at their own pace, with progress often bogged down by government red tape. But hey, at least you can bet in Greenwich starting next week.