The day – At the Mohegan Sun, Lamont places a historic bet on the home team


In a bet that is both solid and political, Governor Ned Lamont put $ 50 on the home team around 9.45am Thursday at the Mohegan Sun.

And legal sports betting was going on in Connecticut.

Minutes after placing the first such bet in state history, Lamont drove to Foxwoods Resort Casino, where he placed $ 20 bets on the New York Yankees and Tampa Buccaneers. Bay and bowed again with the tribal leaders of Mashantucket Pequot.

In both places, the governor said: “It has been a long time coming.

Before James Gessner Jr., President of Mohegan, cut a ceremonial ribbon, Jeff Hamilton, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun, provided Lamont with a brief tutorial on one of the many self-service kiosks in the Temporary Casino FanDuel Sportsbook in the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar. After some remarks, Lamont placed a bet at an ATM run by a cashier.

“Fifty on the Sun,” he said, turning away from the window, signaling that he would bet on the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA team owned by Mohegan who was due to play in the nearby Mohegan Sun Arena in about 10 hours. .

The Sun were a 71/2 point favorite to beat the Chicago Sky and even their best-of-five playoff in one game apiece.

When asked what else he could bet on, Lamont said he learned about “prop” bets, short for proposition, which can be made on individual performances, such as the number of touchdown passes a quarterback could throw in a game – or in a half or quarterback.

“The bet I would like to make is whether Tom Brady and Bill Belichick kiss at the end of their game,” Lamont joked, referring to the former New England Patriots quarterback including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. face the Patriots coached by Belichick this Sunday. night in a highly anticipated National Football League tilt.

At Foxwoods, he said he bet “with his heart”, which means never against Brady.

Thursday’s sports betting openings gave casinos a head start in their respective offerings to corner the state’s sports betting market and compete with the growing number of gambling jurisdictions that have introduced sports betting as a result. of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made it possible.

Offering sports betting and online casino games, which could debut as early as next week, Mohegan Sun is partnering with FanDuel and Foxwoods with DraftKings.

Starting next week, the Connecticut Lottery Corp. is expected to enter the fray with on-site sports betting at 10 Sportech Venues locations in the northern and western parts of the state. The lottery partner is Rush Street Interactive.

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