Connecticut Joins the Online Gambling Party, Poker Invited but Left at the Door
Connecticut joined the online gambling party this week with sports betting, casino, and slots games. Online poker players still have to wait before they can ante up online. The state's 2.4 million residents over the age of 21 are allowed to gamble online, but no online poker operators have stepped into the state yet.
Connecticut has launched an online gambling service. The Mohegan Sun is partnering with FanDuel. Foxwoods is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequots. DraftKings is trying to get into the online poker business by offering to buy partypoker’s parent company Entain for $20 billion.
Connecticut is launching new online gaming options for eligible residents. Governor Ned Lamont calls it an exciting moment for the state and its tribal partners.
Connecticut is the only state where online poker is legal. West Virginia legalized online sportsbooks and casino gambling last summer. There are only five interactive licenses available in the state. FanDuel partners with Greenbrier Casino to run its sportsbook. Green brier also partners to BetMGM in West Virginian. Caesars owns WSOP and runs Mountaineer Casino’s online sportbook and online WSop poker rooms in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Connecticut and West Virginia are considering compacting agreements with other jurisdictions that allow online poker within their state borders. Until then, residents of Connecticut and W.V. will have to travel to nearby states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey to play poker online.