⭐ CT Sports Betting Online
Connecticut legalized online gambling, including sports betting, on May 27th 2021 when Gov. Ned Lamont signed HB6451 into law. The Connecticut online gambling law requires sportsbooks to be tethered to the two existing landbased casinos in the state – Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino Resort. In August 2021, the Connecticut Lottery announced that it has awarded the third license to Rush Street Interactive.
October 19th – As of 6AM, Connecticut sports betting and iGaming are now live. Governor Ned Lamont announced late Monday evening that Connecticut sports betting and iCasino will go live on October 19th. This means that DraftKings, FanDuel, and SugarHouse can now all offer legal online sports betting and casino games.
October 12th – Online Sports Betting in Connecticut is now in the soft launch phase. The testing period should finish on Tuesday, October 19th, and we can expect that sports betting will be opened to the general public soon after
September 30th – Both DraftKings and FanDuel launched retail sports betting on September 30th. Online sportsbook apps were set to go live on October 5th, but delays in the publications of gaming compacts at the federal level have led to slight delays according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection spokesperson.
⭐ Sportsbook Promos in Connecticut
Connecticut only has three sportsbook licenses. Together these three sports betting sites, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and SugarHouse Sportsbook offer new players $2,250 in bonuses, including deposit bonuses and risk free bets in Connecticut.
|Online Sportsbook||Partner||Sports Betting Bonus|
|Fanduel Sportsbook CT||The Mohegan Tribe||$1,000 Risk Free Bet|
|DraftKings Online Sportsbook CT||Mashantucket Pequot||20% up to $1,000 Deposit Match|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook CT||CT Lottery||100% up to $250 Deposit Match Bonus|
⭐ Legal Sports Betting Timeline
- October 19th – Sports Betting is now live in Connecticut after an announcement from the office of Governor Ned Lamont.
- October 5th – CT online betting launch is delayed until further notice, but shouldn’t take long, according to a spokesperson from the Department of Consumer Protection.
- September 30th – FanDuel and DraftKings launch retail sportsbooks at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
- August 12, 2021 – To everyone’s surprise, Rush Street Interactive announces partnership with the Connecticut Lottery for the licensing process.
- July 7, 2021 – FanDuel announces their license partnership with the Mohegan Sun, after the casino parted ways with platform provider Kambi.
- June 11, 2021 — The bidding period for the final Connecticut online sports betting skin ends. The winner has not yet been announced.
- May 27, 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont signs HB6451 into law.
- May 25, 2021 — HB6451 passes through the Connecticut Senate after approval from the House legislators.
- May 13, 2021 — The Connecticut Lottery announces that it is considering four partners for the state’s third gambling license.
- March 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont reaches gaming agreements with the Native American gaming tribes to include them in the Connecticut sports betting bill and modify the gaming compact.
- Feb. 11, 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont files a bill to expand the tribal gaming compact with the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans to include sports betting and online casino gambling. The sports betting bills eventually become HB6451.
- Jan. 14, 2021 — A gaming bill that would authorize the two tribal operators in the Nutmeg State to offer sports betting and online casino gaming is filed.
- December, 2020 – Foxwoods Resort owners Mashantucket Pequot and DraftKings Sportsbook agree on a deal in anticipation of legalized sports betting in Connecticut.
- May, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down PASPA, and states are free to launch gambling activity to earn online gaming revenue.
⭐ When Will Sports Betting Launch in CT?
Retail sports betting launched on September 30th, 2021. Online apps and websites soft launched on October 12th and sports betting went live for all CT residents at 6AM on October 19th.
⭐ CT Sports Betting Law
All the exact details for Connecticut sports betting are not known yet, but HB6451 includes several important takeways. Here’s what we know about legal sports betting regulations in the Nutmeg State:
- Connecticut sports betting revenue has a 13.75% tax rate.
- Sports betting licenses are valid for 10 years.
- Sports betting operators must partner with the two existing Indian tribes in the state, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan, or the CT Lottery.
- CT Lottery can operate 15 retail sportsbooks. Two of the retail locations must be located in Bridgeport and Hartford. Some of the retail sportsbook operations can be outsourced to Sportech, the state’s off-track betting operator.
- Betting on instate college teams is only allowed in intercollegiate events featuring at least 4 teams. This means that single event wagering on CT college teams is not allowed.
⭐ CT Betting Markets – What can you bet in Connecticut?
With FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, and BetRivers, CT gamblers will be able to place bets on all major sports leagues in America as well as several international sporting events. When the sports betting industry launches, we will see exact market offerings. While major sports in Connecticut are limited, some sports teams are more popular in the state than others, and that might guide some of the markets in Connecticut sports betting.
The New England Patriots have been especially popular in CT when Tom Brady led the charge, but with the G.O.A.T now in Florida, NFL betting might shift to New York Giants or the New York Jets. College football isn’t such a massive draw in CT, but might draw some interest from bettors.
Basketball is another betting favorite in Connecticut, especially if you can wager on in-state basketball programs. The University of Connecticut Huskies men’s team is usually in the running for a spot in March Madness. The women’s team, on the other hand, is one of the best programs in the country. However, don’t expect to be able to bet on their games, as single event wagering on instate college teams is not allowed. You can still bet futures bets on college football or college basketball as well.
For NBA betting, Boston Celtics might be the favorite team. However, Massachusets is a big rival for Connecticut, so state bettors might decide to root for the Knicks or the Nets.
MLB betting splits right down the middle in Connecticut with the New York Yankees on the other side and Boston Red Sox on the other. The rivalry between fans might make you think that the teams would actually play their home games within CT state lines.
The Hartford Whalers were a contender during their heyday, but the franchise moved their home games to North Carolina in 1997 without a Stanley Cup. Some sports bettors might still symphatize the Hurricanes for NHL betting, but others might gravitate towards the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, or the New York Islanders.
⭐ Bet Types
Online sports betting in Connecticut is launching soon, and the three sportsbook operators selected all offer numerous betting options in other US sports betting markets. You can bet on sports with moneylines, prop bets or futures. When the online sportsbooks launch, we will see the range of wagers and lines the sites offer for the market.
- Moneyline Bet
- Point Spreads
- Prop Bets (Proposition Bets)
- Live Betting
- Over/Unders (Totals)
- Futures Bets (Winner of the Super Bowl)
- Parlay Bet
- Teaser Bets
⭐ Conclusion – Sports Betting Connecticut
Connecticut sports betting is about to take off with three licensees. Whether we will see a fourth one in the state, with another casino being built in East Windsor by the gaming tribes, remains to be seen, but for now CT gamblers can enjoy some of the best sportsbooks in the US.
- ⭐ Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?
Yes. Sports betting in Connecticut launched on October 19th 2021.
- ⭐ Where will sports betting be legal in Connecticut?
The state will have up to 15 brick-and-mortar sportsbook locations operated by Connecticut Lottery. In addition, there will be three online skins on the sportsbook market. RSI has the lottery's sports betting skin, and FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings have been approved as legal operators in the state with the two tribal casinos, owned by the gaming tribes. Whether they will have retail books as well, remains to be seen.
- ⭐ Can I bet on instate college sports in CT?
You can only bet on Connecticut college teams when the team is playing in an intercollegiate tournament. CT officials define: "An intercollegiate tournament is an event involving four or more teams that involves one or more Connecticut teams, and the wager on the tournament is based on the outcome of all games within the tournament."
Therefore, no single event wagering on CT college teams is allowed, but you can still place futures bets for March Madness CBF etc.
- ⭐ Who do I turn to if I feel like I've been wronged?
The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) oversees sports betting in Connecticut. The CT state lottery will also have some oversight into their own retail sports betting product once it launches.
- ⭐ What is the legal betting age in CT?
The legal gambling age in Connecticut is 21 years for sports betting and casino, and 18 for daily fantasy sports and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.