Online and on-property sportsbooks are coming to Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, one of only two Tribes operating casinos in Connecticut. Since Connecticut has yet to legalize intrastate sports wagering, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) will initially integrate Kambi into its iPro gaming platform to power a free-to-play sportsbook, giving patrons the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the product ahead of a regulated real-money launch.
The MGE deal is evidence of the momentum to legalize sports betting in Connecticut. While the regulatory timetable remains uncertain, Mohegan officials have said they anticipate a bill will pass before the end of the year.
Since the repeal of the federal sports betting ban in the U.S. last May, Kambi has built a position in two of the largest states to have regulated thus far: New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as processing the first legal online wager in the country outside of Nevada.
Kristian Nylén, Kambi CEO, said: “Kambi’s strategy in the U.S. is to partner with the biggest and best gaming operators each state has to offer. In Mohegan Sun, not only have we partnered with one of the two largest casinos in Connecticut, but also one of the leading gaming and entertainment destinations across the whole of the country.”
Aviram Alroy, VP of interactive gaming for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, said in a statement: “Mohegan Sun’s goal is to utilize our brand and strong presence in the state and after a long vetting process, we found that Kambi was best positioned to complement that, as they’re the most sophisticated and comprehensive Sportsbook out there.
“That, along with a highly experienced and responsive team, placed Kambi well above the competition in the selection of a sports betting strategic partner in Connecticut.”
Earlier this month, MGE announced a new partnership with New York City Football Club, offering strategic cross-advertising and promotion opportunities.