Foxwoods Casino Launches Live-Streaming Online Roulette Venture
Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut has launched a live-streaming online roulette game which partners can use for real money gambling. Because online gambling is illegal in Connecticut, though, Foxwoods will not be able to generate revenue from their live-streaming product.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut owns Foxwoods Casino. Like its longtime rival, Mohegan Sun, the Foxwoods tribe launched a free-to-play online gambling portals a couple of years ago. Since then, Foxwoods Casino has been expanding its operations online, but this is the largest expansion yet.
Foxwoods is partnering with Authentic Games, a Malta-based online casino game designer, on the live-streaming online roulette technology. Those who interface with Foxwoods’ VIP lounge will be able to provide electronic roulette to their online casino bettors.
LeoVegas, Betsson Involved
Operators like LeoVegas and the Betsson Group already have existing deals with Authentic Gaming, so now customers of LeoVegas and Betsson can enjoy live dealers streamed in real time from Foxwoods Casino. Authentic’s other studios will continue to operate, though the deal gets Foxwoods into the live-streaming electronic roulette business.
LeoVegas is an award-winning online casino which is a perennial contender at the ICE Awards in London. Betsson Group owns the Betsson online sportsbook, Cherry Gaming Group out of Sweden, and world-famous online casino developer Net Entertainment.
LeoVegas and Betsson Group will be able to generate revenues from Foxwoods’ live dealer roulette, though Foxwoods itself cannot collect a red cent from such gaming. Seth Young, Executive Director of Online Gaming for Foxwoods, said the company cannot offer such gaming online to Connecticut residents — at least not yet.
Seth Young said the deal is good for promotional purposes, because players get too see how Foxwoods looks from their live roulette studio. Young said, “It’s a great new way for us to proliferate our brand internationally. It opens up tourism opportunities for the property. If a customer in Europe or wherever is engaging with our table games, perhaps they’ll decide they’d like to visit and experience the property itself.”
Foxwoods Live Dealer Roulette Studio
Prior to the 2007-2008 stock market crash and Global Recession, Foxwoods invested in a billion-dollar expansion and renovation of its brick-and-mortar casino in Connecticut. Coming at a time when the US land-based gaming market’s revenues fell off precipitously, Foxwoods faced a multi-billion debt.
Live-streaming online roulette to the world through Authentic Games technology allows Foxwoods Casino to take advantage of that huge investment in gaming space. One thing Foxwoods has in abundance is gaming space, so a live dealer studio is a natural fit for the company.
Connecticut Online Gambling Legalization?
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is a proponent of legalizing online gambling in his state, but most Connecticut lawmakers are averse to doing so in the short term. Earlier this year, Gov. Malloy suggested a special session to legalize Connecticut sports betting, so the bill would be in place for an early 2019 launch of legal sportsbooks at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino.
During the same time, Malloy suggested putting online gambling legalization on the table, to strengthen the government’s hand in negotiations. That idea appeared to be a non-starter with most Connecticut lawmakers on either side of the political divide.
Vincent Candelora vs. Online Gambling
Deputy House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) summed up the general attitude of Connecticut lawmakers to the issue. Candelora said, “We really need to have the capacity for a full public hearing process and have it vetted. Unlike other issues, there’s not necessarily a deadline that is required of us to act. I think generally all the caucuses are concerned.”
Candelora added, “I don’t believe there is one caucus saying we should bring it up.”
Connecticut is on the short list of US states which might legalize online casinos and poker sites in the coming years, but it does not appear to be in any hurry to do so. Foxwoods, along with Mohegan Sun, are making preparations for the day when they can launch their own real money online gambling portals.
Until then, Foxwoods is content to build the technical capacity to host online casino games, while building partnerships with companies like Authentic Games, Betsson Group, and LeoVegas for that day when Connecticut online gambling is legal.