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Sports betting in Connecticut   

Legal sports betting in Connecticut finally happened in May of 2021 after a long and drawn out battle. The main issue was, who would run sports betting in the state. The fight was between the state government and the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes, who are in control of the gambling sector in Connecticut. A deal was struck that both of the tribes and the Connecticut Lottery would be in control of sports betting in the Constitution State. Each of the three would get one license for online sports betting. 

Besides online sports betting, retail wagering is also available in Connecticut at the casinos and lottery run kiosks throughout the state. 

This article will give you all the information about Connecticut online sports betting. The things that will be explained are the legal issues, tax issues, what online sportsbooks are available, a timeline of events, and what you can and cannot bet on. On top of that you can find out how to open an account at a sportsbook and get going on the road towards legal sports betting in Connecticut

All legal sports betting options in Connecticut   

The legal situation on Connecticut sports betting

In May 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed bill HB 6451 and that compact between the state government and the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes legalized sports betting in the state. Retail betting launched in September 2021 and the next month online sports betting launched. 

According to HB 6451 one license would be granted to each of the tribes and one to the Connecticut Lottery. This means that there are only three online sportsbooks in the Constitution State. Also the state lottery would receive an additional 15 retail skins for physical sports betting locations. The only stipulation is that they cannot be located within 25 miles of the tribal casinos. 

The taxes on sports betting in Connecticut is 13.75% of gross revenue and to date the state has taken in just under $4.7 million in taxes. The Gaming Division of the Department of Consumer Protection is the agency that oversees all legal forms of gambling in Connecticut including sports betting, both online and retail. 

Connecticut is also one of the seven states that has legalized sports, poker, and online casino betting. 

🛑 What you can’t bet on from online sportsbooks in Connecticut  

Connecticut is one of the states that does not allow for betting on in-state college teams such as UCONN or Yale. It is also not allowed to bet on in-state college teams in tournaments, so CT bettors are out of luck if they want to wager on UCONN during March Madness. 

Here are the restrictions on what you cannot bet on in the Constitution State: 

  • Entertainment bets such as for the Emmys and Oscars 
  • Political bets such as the U.S. presidential election 
  • Any bet where an in-state college team is involved 

🟢 What you can bet on from online sportsbooks in Connecticut   

  • NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Baseball 
  • Major Domestic Leagues, including NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB, MMA, UFC, etc. 
  • Major International Leagues, including England Premier League, Italy Serie A, Spain La Liga, etc. 
  • Major sports events, including NBA playoffs and finals, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, The Masters, Olympics, etc.
  • Most betting types, including spreads, moneylines, totals (over/under), parlays, futures, proposition bets (pro sports no college props), and live bets. 
  • eSports 

What is the tax situation in Connecticut   

Connecticut has a sports betting tax of 13.75% on gross revenue. The tax money goes into the state’s general fund but CT does not receive taxes on retail sports bets that are made at the two tribal casinos of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino. In the first month of legal sports betting the state took in just over $500,000 in taxes. 

All the available sportsbooks in Connecticut     

  • DraftKings (Mohegan tribe) 
  • FanDuel (Mashantucket tribe) 
  • SugarHouse Sportsbook (Connecticut Lottery) 

Forecasts about the future of online gambling in Connecticut     

While the future is bright for online gambling in Connecticut bettors there do not have a lot of choices. There are only three online sportsbooks available and since that is the tally by law no more will join the fray unless a new law is passed. Still, the handles for online and retail sports betting have been solid and in the first 20 days of legal online sports betting $54.7 million in bets were made. The Connecticut Lottery has room for expansion with sports betting allowing for up to 15 retail locations at betting kiosks in the state. 

There are also a few options for retail sportsbooks at the two tribal casinos and SugarHouse locations in Hartford, Stamford, Windsor Locks, and New Haven. 

Timeline of main events in Connecticut    

  • October 2021
    Online sports betting launches 
  • September 2021
    Retail sports betting launches 
  • May 2021
    Sports betting legalized in the state 
  • February 2020
    Sports betting bills H 5168 and S 21 fail to pass is legislature 
  • March 2018
    Connecticut Public Safety and Security Committee holds an exploratory meeting about legal sports betting 
  • May 2018
    The Supreme Court overturns Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which made sports betting legal on a state-by-state basis. 
  • July 2016
    Governor Daniel Mallow signs gaming expansion bill with one of the aspects paving the way for sports betting 

How do I start betting online in Connecticut     

Connecticut bettors will be happy to know that to start betting online in the state is a quick and easy process. The first thing to do is register for an account at one of the three licensed online sportsbooks. Then after doing that you will have to go through the verification process. You will have to give the sportsbook info such as: 

  • Full name 
  • Birthday 
  • Social Security Number 
  • Personal verification information 

Once the identification verification process is complete and all your info is legit you will get a confirmation email from the sportsbook. Then you can make a deposit and start to bet on your favorite sports. 

Who regulates the legal online sports betting in Connecticut?

The Gaming Division of the Department of Consumer Protection regulates all gambling activities in the state of Connecticut.

Are the odds the same while betting in Connecticut as in any other state?

Yes. You will see that the odds are the exact same for the three online sportsbooks in Connecticut, whose brand is available in other states. While the odds are not exactly the same with different sportsbooks between states they are still very close. 

What are the differences between sports betting in Connecticut compared to any other state?

For one thing, you do not have as many choices on where to bet, as there are only three online sportsbooks in the Constitution State. You also cannot bet on in-state college programs while other states allow that. In CT it is also legal to wager on eSports while that is not the case in other states. They are also one of only seven states that have legal sports, poker, and online casino betting. 

Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

Yes. Sports betting was legalized in Connecticut in May 2021 after Governor Ned Lamont signed bill HB 6451 into law. 

How old do you need to be for online sports betting in Connecticut?

You must be 21 years old to gamble on sports in Connecticut. 

Where can you bet online in Connecticut?

If you are of legal age you can bet at any of the three online sportsbooks of DraftKings, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and FanDuel. There are also retail sportsbooks at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos as well as a few SugarHouse retail betting kiosks throughout the state. 

Do I need to be a resident of Connecticut to bet at Connecticut sportsbooks? 

No. You do not have to be a resident of the state to wager at the Connecticut online sportsbooks. However, you must be within state lines in order to make bets. 

Can I access my Connecticut sportsbook account in other states? 

Yes. While you have to be in the state to make bets you can access your Connecticut online sportsbook account and do things such as make deposits and withdrawals, check odds, and contact customer service. 

Sources: 

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2021/12-2021/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Collections-From-First-Month-of-Sports-Wagering-and-Online-Casino-Gaming