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Foxwoods made an exciting announcement about their online gaming platform this week, but unfortunately, it does not apply to players in Connecticut or anywhere in the United States. The casino launched real-money live dealer games online that will broadcast globally from their VIP lounge to gaming operators in Europe.
Since online gambling remains illegal in Connecticut, Foxwoods will not be accepting a single penny from players who use their new platform. For Foxwoods, the platform is merely a marketing activity, but for betsson Group and LeoVegas, it offers their players a portal directly into Foxwoods Casino.
Seth Young, executive director of online gambling at Foxwoods, explained that the live dealer platform will serve to promote global tourism to their casino and expose their branding to new players.
Foxwoods is not the first US casino to launch live dealer games; Golden Nugget in Atlantic City launched earlier this year, but Foxwoods is the first to offer live dealer streaming outside US borders.
As for offering the platform in Connecticut, Young says that will have to wait for now. Both of Connecticut’s gaming operators, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, support online gaming. They presented a plan to regulate the industry to state lawmakers earlier this year with the hope that it would pass, but the legislature failed to take action.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says online gambling would require the state to negotiate new deals with the tribes, which became complicated this year. The influence of commercial interests, mainly MGM, has several state lawmakers calling for the end of tribal gaming exclusivity.