Just a few days ago, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the House Bill 6451. Online sports betting, casino games and poker are now legalized in this state. The change is big for the poker community as online poker is often overlooked in iGaming laws in the US. Connecticut is now seventh state in the US, which regulated iPoker games.
Class III gaming CDs changes
Along with the new regulations, the company's class III gaming compact Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot tribe has been changed. These tribes are responsible for Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods in the state.
Both tribes will be able to offer all online game formats, including poker. It is still unclear how the tribes will offer poker games. Will they try to keep the business internally and use a proprietary platform?
There is no doubt that big companies like PokerStars will be hoping to be able to enter the state Connecticut. It will be interesting to observe and see which brands are trying to attract the attention of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to potential collaboration.
In a press release, Governor Lamont commented on the bill, stating:
"By signing this bill, Connecticut is now on the verge of delivering a modern, high-tech gaming experience that will compete with our neighboring states and ensure our future success."
Legal proceedings still need to be considered even though the act was signed by operation of law. The Bureau of Indian Affairs in the US Department of the Interior has yet to approve the tribal pact amendments. Once approved, the tribes can begin setting up new services in the state.
The tribes are looking forward to starting as the new services will help tribal members as well as the people of the state. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe he pointed out that gaming is more than a business to the tribe. These services help the tribe finance its government, meet the children's educational needs and care for the elderly. Funds are also used to provide health care to members of the tribe.