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Foxwoods goes live with online roulette

Mashantucket — Online gaming might be banned in Connecticut, but that doesn’t mean players in Europe and elsewhere around the world can’t tap into the action at a Foxwoods Resort Casino roulette table.

Not anymore, anyway.

Foxwoods bridged the gap this week, partnering with Authentic Gaming, a Malta-based outfit, to provide international, live-stream access to the play at a roulette table in the Grand Pequot Tower’s Club Newport VIP lounge. An unlimited number of online players could have been watching — and placing bets — on mobile devices and computers via online gaming operators, including LeoVegas and the Betsson Group.

It’s historic, “a first,” Seth Young, Foxwoods’ executive director of online gaming, said Wednesday.

While the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City employs similar technology to broadcast live roulette action to online players in New Jersey — where online gaming is legal — only Foxwoods has linked to an international audience, according to Young.

For Foxwoods, prohibited from collecting online gaming revenue, the venture is largely a marketing tool, at least for now.

“It’s a great new way for us to proliferate our brand internationally,” Young said. “It opens up tourism opportunities for the property. If a customer in Europe or wherever is engaging with our table games, perhaps they’ll decide they’d like to visit and experience the property itself.”

Foxwoods, which entered into an agreement with Authentic Gaming late last year, can be expected to lure international traffic through “Authentic Roulette” promotions.

Young said the casino would like to offer the live-gaming amenity to Connecticut residents if and when it’s authorized to do so. He said that as Authentic Gaming continues to develop its suite of products, more forms of online gaming could become available. 

Both the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods, and the Mohegan Tribe, which owns Mohegan Sun, have urged state lawmakers to introduce legislation legalizing online gaming as well as sports betting.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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