Connecticut doubled down on its commitment to responsible gambling by launching a gambling self-exclusion online portal days before the scheduled launch of sports betting in the state, both in-person and online.
Recognising a Problem Before it Occurs
The portal, which is already up and running, allows residents of Connecticut to exclude themselves from gambling for one year, three years, or for life.
The online tool lets Connecticut residents exclude themselves from gambling and revisit their decision at any time.
Also, the service allows people have their names removed from the list upon request. However, those who sign up are advised that gambling licensees may ban them from land-based properties, in addition to online gambling, online sportsbook, and fantasy sports contests in any state they operate.
“We know there is a lot of excitement around the launch of an expanded gaming industry in Connecticut,” said Michelle H. Seagull, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection, which spearheaded the initiative.
However, she added that although gambling “may be a form of entertainment many people can enjoy, for others it can be a harmful addiction.”
The campaign was supported by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, and the two land-based licensees in the state, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe, in charge of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.
Embarking on a New Future
As Connecticut starts a new journey, Governor Ned Lamont said that sports betting comes with “renewed responsibilities for state government.”
“We’ve worked diligently to have strong provisions to ensure our self-exclusion policy is effective and provides the ability for individuals to take the proper steps to hold themselves accountable,” Lemont added.
A deal on sports betting in Connecticut was reached back in May, allowing Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to offer sports wagering to its customers through DraftKings and FanDuel, respectively.
In addition to these two operators, the state also licensed Sportech to offer sports betting services in ten retail locations once it goes live on 7 October.