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Foxwoods, DraftKings Hold Hiring Days for Sports Betting Bar

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Foxwoods and DraftKings said they are launching the state’s first sports betting bar and will be hiring for several jobs.

This comes after a Connecticut legislative committee approved a proposal that moves the state a major step closer to legalized sports wagering, online casino gambling and other new forms of betting in the state.

The state is awaiting the U.S. Department of the Interior's approval of changes to agreements between the state and its two federally recognized tribal nations, who play major roles in the state's gambling expansion plan.

Gov. Ned Lamont's administration and the tribes — the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans — expressed a desire to have a legalized sports wagering system up and running by the time the regular NFL season kicks off on Sept. 9, but t doesn't look like the state will have the final approval to place those bets by Thursday.

"Our general counsel is in active discussions with tribes and Bureau of Indian Affairs. I'm told we're going to get a green light from Washington over the next week or two, then we've got to clarify and finish all of our consumer protection rules to make sure that that's in place. But I think we'll have online gaming and sports betting in the very near future," Lamont said.

It doesn't look like the state will have the final approval on sports betting before the NFL season begins on Thursday. But major changes are on the way.

Foxwoods and DraftKings are holding two hiring days, Wednesday, Sept. 8, and Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at  Cedars Steaks & Oysters Restaurant at Foxwoods.

Jobs available include restaurant manager, assistant restaurant manager, food server, host/hostess, bartender, barporter, restaurant chef, sous chef and cooks.

People interested in positions should apply online at foxwoods.com/careers before attending.

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