FanDuel Teams Up With Mohegan To Gain Access To The Connecticut Market
FanDuel has wholly ended all the speculations about its plans in Connecticut. The organization has proclaimed that they will be joining forces with MGE or Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment to provide daily fantasy sports, online and retail sports betting, as well as online casino at their flagship casino, The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.
Before The MGE & FanDuel Official Announcement
Before FanDuel made the announcement, it was not clear whether FanDuel would team up with MGE for the CLC [Connecticut Lottery Corporation] or CT online casino for sports only. So, the timing of the announcement will not be coincidental. CLC was also looking forward to choosing a sports betting partner, but the winning provider and CLC didn’t declare anything to the public. This might be one of the reasons why Mohegan and FanDuel were waiting to make their partnership official.
Can FanDuel Online Casinos Take Bets In Connecticut Now?
Although the deal has already been made official, FanDuel’s sportsbooks and the online casinos cannot take bets yet in CT or Connecticut. The company is still waiting for approval of the Gambling Expansion State lawmakers which has been given already. So why is it taking so long? Well, it’s because Mashantucket Pequot tribes and Mohegan carry a gambling compact with the state of Connecticut.
For such reasons, the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior still has to approve mending that particular compact. After the approval work is done, there will be testing and regulatory methods that will take place. It might take around several months or a whole year for these procedures to complete.
Few Words From Amy Howe
President of FanDuel, Amy Howe, shared her thoughts on the deal between MGE and FanDuel. She said that the Mohegan Sun stands out as an iconic entertainment and casino destination in the Northeast. Howe also said that they are pretty excited to declare their first-ever tribal partnership with one of the best tribal operators within the country. Apart from that, she also stated that there are several plans for the retail space at Mohegan Sun and are looking forward to opening the biggest FanDuel sportsbooks within the US.
FanDuel & Mohegan Deal: What Does It Have In-Store?
MGE and FanDuel were already working together for DFS or daily fantasy sports. Due to this reason, it made everyone speculate that they will work together in brand-new verticals in the future as well. The DFS license for Mohegan was also extended last week, and FanDuel can continue serving those particular players until the new gambling expansion launches or till September 30th, whichever is applicable. On the other hand, DraftKings extended their daily fantasy sports license with Mashantucket Pequot as well.
Online poker in the state of Connecticut still stands out as a big question mark. Although FanDuel does not have any poker application, its primary owner, Flutter, does have many poker brands under its belt. MGE immediately didn’t make any comment on the fact of whether online poker will be possible in the future. But the MGE announcement was pretty positive, and there will be gambling expansion within the state. They also said that people would gain access to FanDuel’s industry-leading mobile and online betting experience.