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Casino City's Friday Five: Connecticut sports betting and jackpots

1 October 2021

The wait is finally over for sports betting to go live in Connecticut. Both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino launched legal sports wagering yesterday. Before getting into the details on the two new sportsbooks, we have some other news this week to take care of first. We have to six-figure jackpot wins, MGM Resorts taking over operations of another Las Vegas Strip resort, and the World Series of Poker kicking off its 2021 series.

Let’s begin with some big winners:

5. Progressive jackpot hits at Four Winds New Buffalo casino
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce that a guest from Wheatfield, Ind. won a $220,980.95 progressive jackpot on Monday, at Four Winds New Buffalo.

The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, won the progressive jackpot on Aristocrat Technologies’ Dollar Storm – Caribbean Gold slot machine.

The slot machine resets for another winner to take home a progressive jackpot.

4. Six-figure jackpot win at The Orleans in Las Vegas
Bruce from San Diego, California visited The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Friday, 24 September, and won a progressive jackpot of more than $665,000 on Aristocrat Gaming’s Buffalo Grand slot game.

The lucky player, who was in town visiting family, tried his luck on a Buffalo Grand slot machine on Friday evening, winning the $665,106 progressive jackpot on a $3.75 bet.

This is the second major Buffalo Grand jackpot to hit at a Boyd Gaming property in less than a month.

On 10 September, a Las Vegas local hit a progressive jackpot on a Buffalo Grand slot game and won more than $1 million after betting $3.75 at Cannery Casino and Hotel.

3. MGM Resorts taking over operations of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Earlier this week, MGM Resorts International announced that the company entered into a definitive agreement with Blackstone to acquire the operations of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for $1.625 billion.

Following the close of the transaction, MGM Resorts will enter into a 30-year lease agreement, with three 10-year renewal options, with a partnership among Stonepeak Partners, Cherng Family Trust and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., which will acquire The Cosmopolitan's real estate assets.

"We are proud to add The Cosmopolitan, a luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, to our portfolio," said MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle. "The Cosmopolitan brand is recognized around the world for its unique customer base and high-quality product and experiences, making it an ideal fit with our portfolio and furthering our vision to be the world's premier gaming entertainment company. We look forward to welcoming The Cosmopolitan's guests and employees to the MGM Resorts family."

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

2. Connecticut launches sports betting
As of yesterday, players are able to place bets at the temporary DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods Resort Casino – located at the Ultimate Race Book in Rainmaker Casino – in addition to betting kiosks located across the resort. Statewide, off-reservation online sports betting and iGaming is expected to launch in early October pending regulatory approvals.

In the coming weeks, DraftKings and Foxwoods will announce the opening of their permanent retail sportsbook, currently in the final stages of construction.

“Today we celebrate a new era for our Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, sports fans, Foxwoods guests and Connecticut residents,” Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman said.

Foxwoods isn’t the only casino ready for sports betting in the state.

Also yesterday, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and FanDuel Group launched a retail sports betting experience for residents and visitors to the state of Connecticut.

To celebrate the launch of sports betting in Connecticut, a temporary Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook retail location at Bow & Arrow Sports Bar opened to the public.

The temporary Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook is conveniently located near the Autumn entrance at Mohegan Sun and features four live betting windows and nearly 50 self-service betting terminals.

The companies anticipate opening the permanent Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook this winter in a fully revamped area where the Mohegan Sun Race Book was previously located. This signature sportsbook, which will be 11,000 square feet, featuring a 140 foot high-resolution video wall, as well as, a full bar and dining menu, has the potential to be one of the largest FanDuel Sportsbooks in the U.S.

A racebook section will still be featured within the new venue as well.

1. 2021 World Series of Poker officially kicks off
The 52nd annual World Series of Poker is officially underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Competitors from around the world will be competing for 88 highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet through Tuesday, 23 November for the chance to be immortalized as poker royalty.

In addition to the in-person tournament at the Rio, the 2021 WSOP is once again bringing the action to Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania players online with gold bracelet tournaments each held Sunday on WSOP.com.

It will be great to see some of the faces of poker we have come to know and love, including the voices of Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.
Casino City's Friday Five: Connecticut sports betting and jackpots is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.