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Retail Sportsbooks Launch in CT Today

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The CT Lottery opened its first retail sports betting location at Sports Haven in New Haven Monday.

Retail sports betting is launching in Connecticut.

The CT Lottery is working with Rush Street Interactive, which operates the sportsbook under the brand PlaySugarHouse

A news release from Rush Street Interactive says in-person sports betting has begun at the first of 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in Connecticut. Starting today, players will be able to place bets at Sports Haven in New Haven.

In the coming days, the retail sportsbooks at Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar locations in Stamford and Windsor Locks will open and begin accepting bets, according to Rush Street Interactive.

Gregory Smith, president and CEO of CT Lottery, said the locations at Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar locations will open this week.

By end of November, retail sportsbooks will be running in 10 Sportech Venues, Smith said, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is working on more locations.

"I think it's about time this the state had a little bit of fun. It's been a long year and a half," Gov. Ned Lamont said at a news conference about the launch.

Retail sports betting comes after sports betting launched in Connecticut. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are also offering sports betting.

Foxwoods is offering online gaming and has a DraftKings sports betting bar.

Mohegan Sun is offering online gaming and has betting kiosks as well.

Connecticut is the seventh state to offer online betting on casino games, ranging from various forms of blackjack to video poker and roulette.

More than two dozen states have legalized sports betting, although many only allow in-person bets.

Information on services available in Connecticut to residents who may have a problem with gambling can find that at https://portal.ct.gov/problemgaming

NBC Connecticut and Associated Press