Foxwoods Announces Deal to Launch Online Gambling in Connecticut
The nation's largest resort casino is preparing to launch real money online gaming. The fact that Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, announced a partnership with PariPlay to offer on-premises online gambling.
In the announcement, Foxwoods acknowledged that their online offering is subject to “legislation and regulatory review and approval.” The entire sprawling resort is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation and operates outside of state regulators through an agreement called a compact.
Foxwoods Director of Online Gaming, Seth Young, said the partnership lays the groundwork for Foxwoods to launch on the nation's igaming market. Their online offering will be limited to guests on-site initially, but Young said they are preparing to expand beyond the physical resort – a move that will require more than just state approval.
The venture may lack legal clarity, but with the signed PariPlay deal in hand, Foxwoods is undoubtedly working behind the scenes to see their online platform launch as quickly as possible. It is possible the resort is lobbying state lawmakers to legalize online gambling in Connecticut.
Connecticut's only other gaming operator, the Mohegan Sun Tribe, already operates in two legal online gaming markets – New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, they run Resorts Casino and its online offering in partnership with NYX Gaming.
And though Pennsylvania's online gaming market has yet to launch, it is legal, and the Mohegan Sun Tribe is expected to participate through their Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino. Should Connecticut lawmakers decide to regulate online gaming they state operators will be prepared.