The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Rush Street Interactive (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”) and Sportech announced the launch of in-person sports betting at the first of 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in Connecticut on October 25. Beginning today, players will be able to place bets at Sports Haven in New Haven, CT. In the coming days, the retail sportsbooks at Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar locations in Stamford, CT, and Windsor Locks, CT, will open and begin accepting bets.
“This has been a long time coming for Connecticut players, and we’re honored to be the only statewide retail operator,” said Greg Smith, President and CEO, Connecticut Lottery Corporation. “Together with our partners Rush Street Interactive and Sportech Venues, we can offer bettors world-class, in-person sportsbooks at accessible locations throughout the state and mobile sports betting under the PlaySugarHouse brand.”
“We also want to acknowledge that this day would not have been possible without the tireless and collaborative work on the part of Governor Lamont, his staff, and our Legislative leaders,” said Connecticut Lottery Corporation Board Chair Rob Simmelkjaer. “Their efforts led to a deal that benefits all of Connecticut.”
The new PlaySugarHouse sportsbooks in New Haven, Stamford and Windsor Locks offer a full suite of entertainment options, including wall-to-wall TV monitors, odds boards, food and beverage menus, and now the opportunity for fans to wager on their favorite sports, leagues and players. Eligible bettors 21 and over will be able to place a wide array of bets on various professional and collegiate sports, including parlays, prop bets and in-game bets, through self-service kiosks as well as staffed teller stations.
“We are thrilled to roll out the PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in the state of Connecticut alongside the Connecticut Lottery and Sportech,” said Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI. “By combining the Connecticut Lottery’s brand recognition and retail presence throughout Connecticut, Sportech’s easy-to-access venues, and RSI’s market proven products and services, we look forward to delivering convenient and exciting sports betting options to PlaySugarHouse players across the state.”
In addition to betting in-person, Connecticut players can now bet online using RSI’s award-winning platform from their mobile devices, tablets, desktop and laptop computers. The CT.PlaySugarHouse.com online sportsbook includes thousands of betting options, a broad selection of live streaming content, unique bonusing and rewards programs, numerous deposit methods, automated cash-out approvals, and user-friendly responsible gaming tools, including deposit, spend and time limits.
The PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks will expand to seven additional Sportech locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford, and Norwalk throughout the coming weeks. The Connecticut Lottery and RSI are authorized to operate up to 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sports wagering locations, most of which will be within an approximately 30-minute drive for most Connecticut residents.
“Today marks a historic day for sports betting fans in Connecticut as the PlaySugarHouse sportsbook launches in New Haven,” said Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues, Inc. “Our Sportech team is delighted to be Connecticut Lottery’s and RSI’s partner for delivering this exciting product here and in all our other locations soon.”
To celebrate the launch of the official sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery, representatives from the Connecticut Lottery, RSI and Sportech as well as several state and local officials, including Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, will gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sports Haven.
Cutline: Ribbon-cutting with (l-r): Andrew Walter (CLC); Manny Langella (CLC); Josh Ford (Rush Street Interactive); Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz; Ted Taylor (Sportech); Rob Simmelkjaer (CLC); Greg Smith (CLC); Governor Ned Lamont; Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman. (Credit: Viola Lukin, Connecticut Lottery Corporation).