Connecticut has now seen its first legal sports bet
By Bob Garcia
Governor Ned Lamont places the first legal sports bet in Connecticut as the market goes live
Connecticut has finally opened its doors to the sports betting market, and its governor, Ned Lamont, wanted to be among the first to engage in such activity. The New York Yankees fan said it was the first time he had ever placed a bet on sports and that he was a “safe man.” Lamont wanted to play it safe, betting on the teams that the tables say are most likely to win, although the governor said he also bet on each of his teams to cover the spread. His $50 wager for the Connecticut Sun WNBA team became the first in the state.
“I bet my heart, I don’t know what the odds are,” Lamont said. The Sun won, beating the Sky 79-68. Lamont should have taken home $46.50, plus the $50 bet for a total of $96.50. These first wagers became part of Connecticut after the state Department of Consumer Protection gave the green light to sports betting licenses at both tribal casinos. Earlier this year, federal approval was also granted to allow sports betting and online gambling.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation President Rodney Butler says he hopes the opening of the Foxwoods sportsbook will be enough of an excuse to bring thousands of gamblers to the casino this coming weekend. According to Butler, both the NFL games and the upcoming MLB playoffs will be prime drivers for Constitution State sports betting to be exponentially higher. “This weekend, with the Buccaneers and Patriots, that’s going to be the most heavily bet game that we’ll see probably for the whole season,” Butler said.
Lamont did not hesitate to give the go-ahead to both online gambling and sports betting once they received their respective approval in the state legislature this year. The governor has always been known for being a faithful believer that this market will bring great benefits to the state.