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CT Sports Betting

Connecticut is on track to launch online sports betting by September 6, 2021, according to a “tentative timeline” provided by the Connecticut Lottery.

Governor Ned Lamont (D) reached an agreement with the state’s two tribal casino owners—the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation—over the details of legal online and retail sports betting in Connecticut. All that’s left is legislative approval, which is expected to go forward at a relatively fast pace.

The Connecticut Lottery will approve up to two online sportsbook platforms before the launch of up to 15 retail sportsbooks across the state. The Connecticut Lottery will also operate a mobile betting app, meaning Connecticut sports fans will have 3 mobile betting apps to choose from. The Lottery itself will open two retail sportsbooks in Hartford and Bridgeport as well.

The new deal includes a 13.75% tax rate on retail sports betting, and a 18% tax rate on all online gambling for the first five years (increased to 20% after that).

Connecticut Sports Betting Recent Updates

  • September 6, 2021: The tentative launch of legal online sports betting in Connecticut. Connecticut bettors could have at least one but more likely two competing online sportsbooks at their disposal.
  • May 17, 2021: The Connecticut Lottery will select 3 sports betting operators to launch legal online sportsbooks in the state. Likely candidates include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Unibet, and BetRivers. One app will be launched by the Connecticut Lottery and two apps in partnership with the two tribal casinos. 
  • April 23, 2021: Sports betting operators interested in operating in Connecticut have until this day to present their “qualifications and capabilities” to the CT Lottery. According to the Lottery’s request, “The successful Qualified Operator(s) will be responsible for providing a full-scale sports betting platform. Qualified Operator must have an established sports betting software platform that is currently in use in at least three U.S. or international jurisdictions.”
  • March 24, 2021: The Public Safety & Security Committee passed legislation in support of the sports betting agreement between Governor Ned Lamont (D), Mohegan Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The bill will now need to pass the Connecticut House and Senate, then receive the Governor’s signature. But that is all expected to happen as the state remains on-track to launch legal sports betting by September 6, 2021.
  • March 18, 2021: Governor Ned Lamont (D) officially announced a sports betting agreement between the state and tribal owners of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos. The agreement entailed up to 17 retail sportsbook operators and 3 online sportsbooks as soon as this year.

Review Of Top Sports Betting Apps Coming To Connecticut

According to the Connecticut Lottery, the sports betting operator that they’ll choose “must have an established sports betting software platform that is currently in use in at least three U.S. or international jurisdictions.” That makes the following operators the most likely for launch:

So far, the state’s two tribal casinos partnered with established sports betting brands to launch in-state online sportsbooks:

However, Kambi powers several different sports betting platforms. These include Unibet, Rush Street’s BetRivers, Penn National’s Barstool Sportsbook, and even DraftKings Sportsbook.

Given that information, here are the most likely Connecticut sports betting sites and apps.

BetRivers Sportsbook (9/10)

  • Opening Bonus: 100% deposit match up to $250 with just 1x playthrough
  • Available Platforms: Desktop, Android, iOS
  • In-State Partner: Mohegan Sun indirectly through Kambi partnership
  • Key Features: Best welcome bonus, “Live Right Now” offers, sports newsfeed

BetRivers Sportsbook has had some issues with the quality of its iOS app in other states. In fact, it performs best when used via web browser. However, it offers highly competitive odds, impressive market depth, and the best deposit bonus in US sports betting.

Essentially, BetRivers doubles your first deposit up to $250, and you only need to bet it one time before you can withdraw. Additional terms and conditions apply.

It would come as a surprise if BetRivers is selected as one of just two online sportsbooks in Connecticut. But given its association with Kambi, which has a partnership with Mohegan Sun, it’s certainly possible. Plus, BetRivers is present in most states with online sports betting.

BetMGM Sportsbook (9.8/10)

  • Opening Bonus: $600 risk-free bet
  • Available Platforms: Desktop, Android, iOS
  • In-State Partner: None (Partnered with Foxwoods Casino until 2013)
  • Key Features: Easy parlay, integrated live streaming on select events, great futures market

BetMGM offers a high-quality app with comparable ratings to that of FanDuel and DraftKings. The easy parlay builder is an extremely popular feature, and the BetMGM app offers live streaming for select events, such as darts and volleyball.

MGM Resorts had a partnership with Foxwoods to expand the casino, and “MGM Grand at Foxwoods” was connected to the rest of the resort via a pedestrian bridge. However, the deal expired in 2013, and the MGM Grand became The Fox Tower.

Still, that history could spell the possibility of getting in on Connecticut sports betting in some form or another.

FanDuel Sportsbook (9.6/10)

  • Opening Bonus: $1000 risk-free bet
  • Available Platforms: Desktop, Android, iOS
  • In-State Partner: None
  • Key Features: Search bar, parlay promos, multiple odds formats, DFS

FanDuel is one of the largest and most well-known operators for American sports betting. It provides daily fantasy sports already in Connecticut, too, making it a well-known choice for general gambling enthusiasts.

FanDuel Sportsbook boasts a slick and streamlined app, plus the ability to change the format of your odds. Additional special promotions and a useful search bar located at the bottom of the screen make this one of the most enjoyable and user-friendly apps on the market.

DraftKings Sportsbook (9.6/10)

  • Opening Bonus: 20% deposit match bonus up to $1000
  • Available Platforms: Desktop, Android, iOS
  • In-State Partner: Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Key Features: Search bar, odds boosters, multiple odds formats, DFS

Of all the potential sportsbooks to launch in Connecticut, DraftKings is the most likely by far because it has a deal to offer retail sports betting with Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

DraftKings is also one of the highest quality sports betting operators in the country, present in almost all states with legal online sportsbooks. It’s also the exclusive sports betting provider in New Hampshire.

Unibet Sportsbook (8/10)

  • Opening Bonus: $20 no-deposit signup bonus; $250 risk-free bet
  • Available Platforms: Desktop, Android, iOS
  • In-State Partner: Mohegan Sun Poconos
  • Key Features: Unique TV/Novelty bet section, odds boosters, strong international market depth

Unibet would be an unexpected sports betting platform in Connecticut, but there’s a few reasons why this online sportsbook is a real possibility. The number one reason is that it’s partnered with Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania, the Mohegan Tribe’s first (of many) out-of-state casino property.

On top of Pennsylvania, Unibet is also licensed to operate in New Jersey and Indiana, which could cover the jurisdiction requirements by the Connecticut Lottery. But it also operates in over 20 countries, so it more than exceeds those standards.

While we wouldn’t place a wager on Unibet being one of the two sports betting platforms in Connecticut, we wouldn’t be shocked either.

Expected Connecticut Sportsbook Sites

SportsbookBonus OfferPartnerLaunch Date
BetRivers100% deposit match to $250Mohegan Sun (through Kambi)N/A
BetMGM$600 risk-free betN/AN/A
FanDuel$1000 risk-free betN/AN/A
DraftKings20% deposit match up to $1000Foxwoods Resort CasinoN/A
Unibet$20 no-deposit signup bonus; $250 risk-free betMohegan Sun PoconosN/A

How To Place A Bet In Connecticut

When Connecticut eventually legalized sports betting, the exact wording of its legislation will determine how people will be able to register for a mobile sportsbook. This will affect how easy it is to place a bet in Connecticut.

Choose A Sportsbook

Choose a sportsbook by examining what they offer, the kind of odds and betting markets they provide, and what the opening bonus is so you can enjoy the maximum amount of free betting credit right off the bat. All of the best online sportsbooks will let you peruse their offerings before you join, including the terms and conditions.

Download Your App

After picking a sportsbook you want to try, you can use the direct link on the sportsbooks website to the App Store or Google Play store. You can also search for the iOS or Android app directly in their respective stores. Just be sure the sportsbook you’re choosing is specifically for Connecticut and not a different state.

Register On The App

It’s possible that Connecticut will require in-person registration for their mobile sportsbooks, but hopefully not. In most states, you can register from home.

No matter what, registration will involve providing personal information to verify your identity. This includes information like Social Security number, date of birth, and physical address.

Don’t forget to provide any welcome bonuses and promo codes during this step or the next.

Make A Deposit

It’s best to use PayPal or online bank transfer when making a deposit or withdrawing your winnings at a sportsbook. Credit cards are usually rejected. But if they’re not, the transaction counts as a cash advance, which comes with pesky fees. Plus, it’s not available for withdrawals.

Place Wagers

Select your bet, enter your wager amount, then add it to your betslip. When the event is over, you can keep your money in your account or cash out using PayPal or online bank transfer.

Connecticut Legal Sportsbooks

Although it can be frustrating to wait for sports betting to be legalized in Connecticut, it’s never a good idea to make an account with or give your money to an offshore or illegal betting site.

In a nutshell, offshore sites aren’t regulated or overseen by any authoritative body. This means no one prevents them from taking your personal information or cash and doing whatever they want with it. Furthermore, offshore sites don’t usually have good digital security, placing your personal information more at risk.

Licensed and regulated sportsbook apps have excellent digital security. When Connecticut legalizes sports betting, any licensed apps will also be beholden to the CT Lottery, which can perform an investigation on behalf of players if there’s ever a discrepancy with winnings or withdrawals.

If you have an issue with an illegal site, you have zero recourse. The company’s jurisdiction won’t do anything about it, even if sportsbook is refusing to pay your funds or selling your personal information. These sites are also notorious for disappearing suddenly – and taking all their members’ money with them.

Overall, it’s a much better idea to wait for legalization to come to Connecticut than it is to risk your personal information and money with an offshore, illegal sports betting site.

Connecticut Sports Betting Revenue

At the time of this writing, Connecticut sports betting revenue is up for speculation. However, we can make some educated assumptions based on current statewide deals for casino and other gambling activities through the licensed Native American tribes.

For example, long-standing gambling agreements already have both the Pequot and Mashantucket Indian tribes provide 25% of their slot revenue to the state government. Since this agreement’s inception, it’s resulted in over $8 billion in state revenue (or $270 million annually), and this number will only grow once sports betting is fully legalized. Both tribes get exclusive gambling rights in exchange.

In fact, online gaming and sports betting combined are projected to generate as much as $175 million in revenue over five years.

Connecticut may scramble to provide online sports betting faster than brick-and-mortar betting. That’s because states that already have sports betting legalized see more than 80% of their sports betting revenue coming from online apps. It’s simply easier and more convenient for people to place wagers from the comfort of their own homes. 

How Connecticut Compares To Other States

Lots of nearby states in the Northeast have already legalized online sports betting, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Both of the states have relatively relaxed sports wagering rules, with both of them allowing in-state collegiate sports betting.

This has, as well, generated a significant amount of income for those states’ governments.

Compared to these options, it’s likely that Connecticut will follow in their footsteps rather than pursuing a stricter sports wagering agreement like in New Hampshire. Furthermore, Connecticut has a large population of sports fans who are ready and willing to follow their teams to success and place wagers on their games.

This will likely incentivize Connecticut’s legislature to make sports betting as accessible as possible. Time will tell how the exact sports betting legislation for this state pans out.

Connecticut Betting Successes And Failures

Connecticut Sports Betting Success

So far, Connecticut hasn’t legalized sports betting and doesn’t have many successes to speak of.

However, it has allowed pari-mutuel greyhound and horse racing for a few decades without any major hiccups. These activities are regulated by the Connecticut Lottery, which oversees all the gambling activities within the state, such as the titular lottery.

All of this indicates that Connecticut will likely be able to launch online and retail sports betting without too many issues. Furthermore, preliminary deals, such as the one made between DraftKings and the Foxwoods Resort Casino, indicate that operators will jump on any potential licensure application ASAP.

Put another way, as soon as sports betting is legalized, we can expect operators to start the process for licensure. The time between legalization and sports betting launching could be as little as six months depending on how quickly the Connecticut Lottery gets its rules and regulations down.

Where Could Connecticut Improve Online Gambling

For now, Connecticut could primarily improve by legalizing online gambling in the first place. No online gambling activities are permitted save for pari-mutuel betting for horse racing and greyhound racing.

Any Connecticut residents who want to participate in sports betting have to go to nearby states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Furthermore, they can’t use any of the apps from those states since all licensed sportsbooks have geolocation software built-in by default to prevent out-of-state use.

Legalization Efforts In Connecticut

The effort to legalize sports betting in Connecticut has been relatively long and winding compared to states that got their legislation passed quickly. Once the Supreme Court ruled that the PASPA was no longer in effect, legislators in Connecticut immediately began to push for sports betting legalization.

But even with then-Governor Dannel Malloy signing a gaming expansion in 2017 that allowed the construction of a third casino in East Windsor, the two big Native American tribes in Connecticut – the Pequot and Mashantucket tribes – pushed back against sports betting legalization.

That’s because both tribes have a duopoly on gambling activities within the state so far. They’ve been reluctant to make any concessions, which has led to something of a standstill. Connecticut’s state government has pushed for sports betting laws that would allow for adequate competition.

Discussions have continued with Governor Ned Lamont, although this Governor has also gone on record stating that he would prefer to legalize sports betting alone, rather than bring other forms of online gambling to the mix (such as online casino games or poker).

Fortunately, efforts to reach an agreement with both Native American tribes saw traction throughout 2020. With the DraftKings agreement with the Foxwoods Resort Casino, it seemed likely that both tribes will reach a compromise with Connecticut’s state government regarding sports betting so long as they are guaranteed a big part of the rights to offer the activity.

And that deal was reached in March 2021. Legislation began making its way through the Connecticut government, and the CT Lottery has requested presentations from interested sports betting operators.

The tentative launch date for legal online sports betting in the state: September 6, 2021.

Timeline Of Connecticut Sports Betting

  • 2017 – Connecticut state government passes a bill legalizing the construction of a third casino in East Windsor and allowing for future sports betting should federal bans be overturned
  • May 2018 – the US Supreme Court strikes down the PASPA and allows states to set their own rules regarding sports betting
  • 2019 – the Connecticut state government proposed several bills to push for sports betting legalization. They were pushed back by the Native American tribes 
  • Dec 7, 2020 – DraftKings and the Mashantucket Tribe agree that the former will offer sports betting at its Foxwoods Resort Casino, should sports betting eventually be legalized
  • Dec 13, 2020 – DraftKings offers daily fantasy sports through Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • March 18, 2021 – Governor Ned Lamont, Mohegan Sun, and Foxwoods Resort agree on sports betting terms.
  • September 6, 2021 – Target date for legal online sports betting in the state according to a tentative timeline issued by CT Lottery.

Connecticut Teams

Connecticut Professional Sports Teams

Unlike states such as Virginia, which don’t have any of their own professional sports teams on which to wager, Connecticut sports bettors will have options provided sports betting eventually comes to their state.

Indeed, Connecticut is home to one of the most well-known WNBA franchises: the Connecticut Suns. They play games at the Tribal Mohegan Sun Arena. As you might expect, this could lead to easy partnerships between sports betting and the Pequot Tribe once legalization occurs.

But there’s also the New England Black Wolves: Connecticut’s national lacrosse team. They play home games at the exact same stadium and, even better, they already have a deal with BetMGM to provide sports betting across state lines. Thus, should BetMGM eventually launch, you can expect them to have excellent betting markets for the cross.

Because Connecticut is pretty small, residents will also be able to enjoy wagers for close professional sports teams from other states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. But lots of Connecticut residents are already fans of Boston franchises, including the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and more.

All in all, Connecticut sports bettors will likely have plenty of excellent choices and deep betting markets to explore once sports betting launches over the next year or so.

Connecticut College Sports Teams

Things could get a little tricky when it comes to college sports.

Many states place a variety of restrictions on college sports betting. For example, some states won’t permit prop bets or live, in-game betting on college games. Other states, like Virginia and New Jersey, don’t allow betting on in-state college teams. There aren’t any indications so far that Connecticut will follow this route, though it’s always possible that any future legislation could include a provision for these restrictions.

If that’s the case, Connecticut residents won’t be able to wager on any in-state collegiate teams, which would be a huge downside. However, out-of-state collegiate sports betting will likely still be allowed.

If Connecticut goes the route of Michigan and Pennsylvania and allows betting on in-state college schools, you be able to bet on:

  • UConn Huskies
  • Yale Bulldogs
  • Central Connecticut Blue Devils
  • Fairfield Stags

Other Sports To Bet On In Connecticut

Alongside the classic sports betting options described above, players can already enjoy off-track betting in Connecticut. This allows sports betting enthusiasts to place wagers on both greyhound and regular horse racing at 15 pari-mutuel locations. This activity has been legal since 1976.

Ultimately, the future of Connecticut sports betting looks bright, provided the requisite legislation actually passes the House and Senate eventually.

Connecticut Sports Betting FAQs

Is online sports betting legal in Connecticut?

Not yet, but it will be in September 2021. That’s the tentative timeline presented by the CT Lottery, which is in charge of selecting up to two online sports betting operators. The most likely sportsbooks are DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, BetRivers, or Unibet.

Is it safe to use an online sportsbook app in Connecticut?

Yes, when it’s officially licensed and regulated, Connecticut sports betting will be safe and legal. Licensed online sportsbook apps must have excellent security for their users per regulations.

Is DraftKings legal in Connecticut?

DraftKings DFS is legal in Connecticut, but DraftKings Sportsbook is not. It may be one of the two online sportsbooks selected in the state through its existing partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Is FanDuel legal in Connecticut?

Yes and no. FanDuel DFS is legal and accessible in Connecticut, but FanDuel Sportsbook is not. FanDuel may be selected as a sports betting supplier by the CT Lottery in the coming months. Check Gaming Today for the latest updates on Connecticut sports betting developments.

Will I need to be a Connecticut resident to bet online in the state?

No, you will not need to be a resident of Connecticut to bet online in the state. However, you must be at least 21 years old and physically inside state lines to legally place a bet in Connecticut once the state legalizes online sports betting in September 2021.

What sports will I be able to bet on in Connecticut?

Connecticut will likely have a wide variety of sports and events for players to wager on. These include staple professional US sports leagues, such as the NFL, NHL, NBA and WNBA, MLB, and more. College sports betting will also be available, although possibly not on in-state colleges like UConn and Yale.

Connecticut is already home to over a dozen pari-mutuel horse racing and greyhound racing across a variety of locations within the state. You can also bet on horse racing legally online while in Connecticut.

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Amber Hoffman

Amber is the Managing Editor of Gaming Today. She writes for a variety of websites in diverse industries, including gaming and travel and is a fan of international football (not "soccer") and Gaelic sports.

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