MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (WTNH) — The official grand opening of DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods Resort & Casino was held Wednesday.
Located in the heart of Foxwoods, the 12,000 square foot venue offers live and online sports betting and iGame options. Former Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins placed his first bet to kick things off.
“Got my ticket,” Perkins said. “First one and the Celtics are gonna cover the night I already know it.”
This collaboration came after some tough negotiations and a 50-page agreement. The chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe offered the DraftKings CEO wampum to celebrate sealing that deal, which is expected to benefit the casino and DraftKings.
“A sign of our partnership and friendship for many years to come,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler.
“What this does for our brand is incredible,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings.
The president and CEO of Foxwoods, Butler and Robins spoke Wednesday about their collaboration and this venue, which they said really brings together the iGaming and sports betting here in the state.
A few weeks ago, they had a soft opening, and they shared that they have met expectations so far.
“We’ve probably taken in over 70,000 bets in total since the opening here at Foxwoods since Nov. 12,” said Jason Guyot, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort & Casino.
State Senator Cathy Osten, (D) Sprague, also hopes it will benefit the state and is working on legislation to make sure the casino money meant for municipalities does not get moved elsewhere in the state’s general fund. She estimated it could be another $80 million.
“Right now it’s about $130 million so it would be about $200 million going out to municipalities around the state,” Sen. Osten said.
The leaders also said that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Even if you don’t want to place a bet, you can take advantage of the sports bar. It offers a high-end bar menu, with items like desserts, short ribs and sliders.
“It’s a sportsbook, it’s a restaurant, it’s a racebook,” Guyot said.
They’re betting on it to do well when the TV screens are filled with football games and other sports as well.
“Sunday is absolutely insane,” Butler said.