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Updated on : 05/16/2022
Nationally, sports betting became up to the states to decide with the 2018 repeal of PASPA. Now, the Constitution State is finally moving forward with legal, online sports betting. Sports betting is live in-person with FanDuel and DraftKings and has gone online!
Governor Ned Lamont announced in September 2021 that the US Department of the Interior approved the state's proposed changes to tribal compacts, making betting legal in CT. These changes have allowed for legal, online sportsbooks to offer betting on apps and websites statewide. The big three operators that secured license approval and offer sports betting in the state are DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse!
Connecticut sports betting is live for its full launch as of October 20, 2021 - our state guide will help you get off on the right foot when betting in CT!
- Daily Fantasy Sports
- Connecticut Sportsbooks
- Sports Betting News In Connecticut
- CT Betting Laws
- CT Retail Sportsbooks
- Future of Connecticut Sports Betting
- Betting Markets and Events
- Betting on CT Sports Teams
- FAQ - Connecticut Online Sports Betting
DAILY FANTASY SPORTS IN CONNECTICUT
Daily fantasy sports took the United States by storm in the past decade. Entering a largely unregulated market, early DFS operators quickly expanded throughout vast parts of the country. For most states, DFS fell into a gray area, failing to meet the definition of gambling.
That’s precisely the state of affairs that DFS operators preferred. Wherever state authorities ruled DFS to constitute gambling, DFS operators exited the market. This process was mirrored even in states with legal gambling, such as Nevada.
Once Gov. Ned Lamont signed sports betting legislation in May 2021, however, there was also a clause added to provide for DFS licenses. As of July 2021, top DFS providers in the country were able to secure licenses for daily fantasy sports in Connecticut, and are now offering player accounts statewide.
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BEST CONNECTICUT SPORTSBOOKS
Now, we're looking at three providers that have entered the CT sports betting market. These are the only three providers allowed in the state, as only three licenses are made available in partnership with the state lottery and local, federally-recognized tribes.
DraftKings sportsbook is one of the companies that pioneered daily fantasy sports in the US. After PASPA was struck down, DraftKings evolved to meet the needs of the nascent sports betting market. As of late 2021, the company offers sports betting action across more than a dozen states.
The company was among the first Connecticut sportsbooks to open up shop after regulation. DraftKings negotiated a market access partnership agreement with the Foxwoods Casino, giving it a firm foothold in the state and a clear pathway to providing online betting there.
DRAFTKINGS CASINO SOFT LAUNCHES IN CT
Interested in casino gaming as well? Now, users can sign up for the soft launch of the DraftKings casino. As a part of the launch, only a select number of users will be able to sign up and play, so get online ASAP if you want to be one of the first to try this well-rounded iGaming platform.
FanDuel sportsbook is one of the best-known daily fantasy sports operators in America. Much like DraftKings, the company has rapidly grown within the sports betting sector since 2018. FanDuel now has a presence in over nine different states, with several planned expansions.
As legislators have finally regulated the Connecticut betting market, FanDuel is now a primary partner in the state’s gambling market. Back in 2016, FanDuel entered a partnership agreement with one of the state’s tribal casinos, the Mohegan Sun. Now, they've released their app in CT, and users can get online today!
The CT Lottery has opted to use the PlaySugarHouse brand instead of the BetRivers platform. Both are owned by parent company Rush Street Interactive, so not much has changed other from the look-and-feel of the website. It's a solid platform that's offered in a few states, with Connecticut already offering bets online!
Last Updated May 16, 2022 5:00 AM ET
SPORTS BETTING NEWS IN CONNECTICUT
|Recapping Connecticut’s First Month of Legal Sports Betting|
Dec. 9, 2021
October’s results point to a strong start out of the gate for legal sports betting in Connecticut on both a retail and online level.
|Connecticut Online Sports Betting Shows Promising Numbers in its Soft Launch Last Week|
Oct. 20, 2021
Last week, Connecticut online sports betting had its soft launch with the PlaySugarHouse app.
|Connecticut Sports Betting Sees Its First Bets at Retail Sportsbooks|
Oct. 5, 2021
Connecticut sports betting has finally officially launched in the state.
CONNECTICUT BETTING LAWS
Like most other states in the Union, Connecticut sports betting was entirely illegal until recently. PASPA, first introduced in 1992 by George H. W. Bush, froze the state of sports betting legislation nationwide. No state could change their laws on the matter at all.
In Nevada and a few other grandfathered states, this meant sports betting remained legal. Elsewhere, it largely barred the mere notion of it. Things changed after New Jersey started pushing back against PASPA, in a bid to bring life to Atlantic City. Federal courts proved open to reconsidering the legality of PASPA itself, and overturned the former law in 2018.
Fast forward to 2021, where fiscal shortfalls and a changing attitude towards sports betting in the US led many state officials across the country to reconsider sports betting as a source of much-needed revenue. Bills were able to push through the CT legislature and, by May 2021, Governor Ned Lamont had given one his signature. Now that the federal government has approved those changes, sports betting is now fully legal and online in CT.
Updated on : 05/16/2022
CONNECTICUT RETAIL SPORTSBOOKS
There was plenty of progress made for sports betting in Connecticut in 2021. As of September 30th, two retail sportsbooks have opened in casinos throughout the state. The two major operators currently live are FanDuel which currently operates out of Mohegan Sun Casino, and DraftKings which operates out of Foxwoods Casino Resort.
FUTURE OF CONNECTICUT ONLINE SPORTS BETTING
After much deliberation and several years of attempts, Connecticut sports betting is now a reality. The launch had been slated for October 7th, 2021, but a delay in the publication of Federal Register changes meant that the date had been pushed back to likely October 20th. Betting is now live!
Most sportsbooks offer bonus codes for welcome offers in live states. The CT market is different from other open, competitive markets in that it only provides for three different platforms, but providers are offering comparable welcome offers in CT as they are in other states. For the most part, you'll have no trouble securing welcome offers with the three providers in Connecticut:
CONNECTICUT ONLINE SPORTS BETTING: EVENTS AND BETTING MARKETS
While Connecticut sports betting may not have taken off yet, sports in the state have a long history. There are many high-profile sports events taking place every year in CT with massive audiences. The following events are likely to draw considerable interest from gamblers now that betting is live in the Constitution State:
The Travelers Championship is a professional golf tournament, part of the PGA Tour. It takes place in Hartford every year since 1952. It consistently ranks among the top contenders for the PGA Players Choice Award, noting its remarkable services, attendance, and hospitality.
Golf is a wildly popular event within the gambling industry, and would probably attract many CT sports betting fans. When Connecticut sportsbooks open up shop, it’s sure to spark considerable betting action.
WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is a racing series that takes place in Canada and the United States. Organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the series was born after the merger of the American Le Mans and Rolex Sports Car series.
Lime Rock Park, a natural-terrain racetrack in Salisbury, Connecticut, hosts a race in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It’s one of the oldest racetracks in the country, dating back to 1957. The race would likely be a favorite with Connecticut sports betting apps.
BETTING ON PRO SPORTS TEAMS IN CONNECTICUT
CT residents have a passion for sports. When it comes to pro-sports teams, though, the state isn’t particularly blessed. There have been no professional sports teams in Connecticut for several years now.
NFL BETTING IN CONNECTICUT
There are no NFL franchises in CT. Connecticut sports betting fans instead opt for backing nearby teams.
New England Patriots betting
The Patriots are by far the most popular NFL team with CT sports betting fans. In fact, the team almost moved to Hartford once upon a time, before ultimately settling in Foxborough, MA. Bet on rookie quarterback Mac Jones as he works to grab his team the AFC East title.
NBA BETTING IN CONNECTICUT
Much like with the NFL, there are no NBA teams for betting in Connecticut. Instead, Connecticut sports betting fans usually back teams from neighboring states.
Boston Celtics betting
The Boston Celtics hail from Massachusetts, which lies to the north of CT. Many Connecticut sports fans back the Celtics, particularly those east from Hartford. Don't miss Jayson Tatum.
New York Knicks betting
New York City lies southwest of CT, which is why many state residents choose to back the Knicks in the NBA. The Knicks are particularly popular with sports betting fans from Bridgeport and New Haven.
NHL BETTING IN CONNECTICUT
Connecticut hockey fans used to have a local NHL franchise in the Hartford Whalers. However, the Whalers moved to North Carolina in 1997. When Connecticut betting sites finally launch, residents will likely back popular teams from neighboring states.
Boston Bruins betting
Massachusetts’ Boston Bruins are the most popular NHL team among the local population.
New York Rangers betting
The New York Rangers are quite popular in CT as well, especially along the southern border of the state. The team sees considerable action from legal Connecticut sportsbooks.
MLB BETTING IN CONNECTICUT
With no MLB franchises in-state, Connecticut baseball fans tend to split between the teams from two neighboring states.
Boston Red Sox betting
Most of the fans in CT back the Red Sox. The Boston team has a lot of support throughout the state, and is quite popular with Connecticut betting sites.
New York Yankees
A Connecticut native might not take too kindly, but a fair way to describe the state's split in its sports fandom is by calling it "Newyork-achusetts". It's pretty much an even split between Sox fans and Yankees fans in the state, and the proximity to Yankee Stadium makes it all the easier for Southern CT-based fans to choose their favorite team.
OTHER CONNECTICUT TEAMS TO BET ON
Beyond professional leagues, there are many collegiate teams that will likely see significant action from Connecticut online sports betting fans.
BETTING ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN CONNECTICUT
UConn Huskies betting
The UConn Huskies are massively popular with Connecticut college football fans. The Huskies have a long history, dating back almost a hundred years. Part of the NCAA’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, the team plays in the Big East conference.
Yale Bulldogs betting
The Yale Bulldogs represent the world-famous Yale University in the NCAA’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision. It’s one of the oldest collegiate sports programs in the world, dating back to 1872. It’s part of the Ivy League conference.
BETTING ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL IN CONNECTICUT
UConn Huskies betting
The University of Connecticut also has a men’s basketball team. The UConn Huskies compete in the NCAA’s Big East conference.
Central Connecticut Blue Devils betting
The Central Connecticut Blue Devils represent Central Connecticut State in the NCAA’s Northeast Conference.
CONNECTICUT ONLINE SPORTS BETTING FAQ
Up next, we’ll answer a few common questions about Connecticut sports betting.
WHERE CAN I BET ON SPORTS IN CONNECTICUT?
You are able to bet on sports at casino locations and online with three sportsbooks.
IS SPORTS BETTING LEGAL IN CONNECTICUT?
Yes. Laws are on the books and three providers: DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse are offering legal, online bets in Connecticut as of October 2021.
HOW DO I WITHDRAW MY WINNINGS IN CONNECTICUT?
Each provider will have different methods for securing winnings, so check with your preferred sportsbook. However, for the most part, you can get cash at the partnering casino location's cage, a check, or a payout with a method you've already used for deposit (terms and conditions apply).
CAN I BET ONLINE ON MY PHONE IN CONNECTICUT?
Yes, sports betting is online with three apps in the state: FanDuel, DraftKings, and PlaySugarHouse.
WHEN DID CONNECTICUT SPORTS BETTING GO LIVE?
CT sports betting went fully live on October 20th, 2021.
Connecticut sports betting fans saw an early legal victory in 2017, and again in 2021 when Governor Ned Lamont signed sports betting through tribal compacts into law. July 2021 saw the first DFS operators go live in Connecticut, and next up were the sports betting providers in October. Three big names in sports betting: DraftKings, FanDuel, PlaySugarHouse offer betting in the Constitution State, both online and in-person at local casinos.