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Mohegan Gaming, FanDuel announce sports-betting, online gaming partnership

Mohegan — Partners Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and FanDuel Group announced Wednesday they’re poised to roll out retail and online sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports in Connecticut this fall, “pending all licensing and regulatory approvals.”

The partnership will enable bettors throughout the state to place wagers on professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other sports via FanDuel, which also will provide online casino gaming under the Mohegan Sun brand and operate daily fantasy sports in Connecticut.

“We’re excited to work with FanDuel, one of the leading sports-tech entertainment companies in the U.S., to bring the brand’s innovative sports betting and iGaming solutions to Mohegan Sun Connecticut,” Ray Pineault, MGE’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our partnership is a priority for Mohegan Digital, as we look to grow and enhance our casino, sportsbook and online operations in Connecticut — and beyond.”

Mohegan Sun and FanDuel expect to open a temporary sportsbook location at the casino in September and anticipate opening a permanent sportsbook there this winter. The temporary location will feature four live betting windows and 16 self-service betting terminals.

The sportsbook at Mohegan Sun has the potential to become the largest FanDuel sportsbook in the United States, according to Amy Howe, president of FanDuel Group.

“When we combine the retail sports betting experience with the opportunity for online sports betting and iGaming, Connecticut is going to be a key state for us as we look towards the start of football season,” Howe said.

Sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports were authorized in Connecticut by legislation Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law in May. The law granted the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes the right to offer the new gaming options at their respective gaming facilities — Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino — as well as online. It also allows the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to provide in-person and online sports betting and fantasy sports as well as online keno and online sale of draw-games tickets.

The tribes and the lottery cannot introduce the new gaming options until the state’s amended gaming agreements with the tribes are approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has jurisdiction over tribal gaming. State and tribal officials have said they hope to have sports betting in place for the Sept. 9 start of the NFL season, a target that may prove overly optimistic.

Foxwoods announced a partnership with gaming operator DraftKings last December in anticipation of legislative approval of sports betting, online gaming and fantasy sports. The Mashantuckets are opening a new casino sportsbook, DraftKings at Foxwoods, in an area formerly occupied by a casino brewpub.

The lottery has yet to announce a sports-betting and online gaming vendor. 

MGE, which recently announced the formation of Mohegan Digital, a new division overseeing the new gaming offerings, has restructured an agreement with Kambi, a European operator MGE previously had hired to launch MGE’s sports-betting operations in Connecticut. The restructuring enabled MGE to partner with FanDuel, according to Mohegan tribal officials.

FanDuel Group, which bills itself as “the premier gaming destination in the United States,” has a portfolio of brands involved in gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering and TV/media, including FanDuel, Stardust and TVG. Based in New York, it has a presence in all 50 states, and offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Scotland.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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