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.
Governor Ned Lamont announced in September 2021 that the US Department of the Interior approved the state's proposed changes to tribal compacts. These changes will allow for legal, online sportsbooks to offer betting on apps and websites statewide. The big three operators that secured license approval and will offer sports betting in the state are DraftKings, FanDuel, and SugarHouse (to be branded as PlaySugarHouse).
As of September 2021, Connecticut sports betting is expected to begin in earnest in October. However, should the Federal Register not publish the changes to the amended tribal gaming compacts by then, it's possible (but unlikely) that the launch of CT sports betting will be pushed back. All things considered, it's most likely that sports betting in CT will launch as planned in October 2021.
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.
Most Likely Connecticut Sportsbooks
Come October, we're looking at three providers that are ready to enter the CT sports betting market. These will likely be 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 will be among the first Connecticut sportsbooks to open up shop after regulation. DraftKings recently 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.
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 Connecticut betting sites, FanDuel is ideally positioned to enter 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'll be releasing their app as soon as they'll able in the Constitution State: likely October 2021.
The CT Lottery will opt to use the SugarHouse brand (as PlaySugarHouse) instead of the BetRivers platform. Both are owned by parent company Rush Street Interactive, so not much will change other from the look-and-feel of the website.
When RSI announces the full details by October 2021, we'll know more about the provider, including available bonuses and more.
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 expected to begin by October 2021.
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Future of Connecticut Online Sports Betting
After much deliberation and several years of attempts, Connecticut sports betting is now a reality. The launch has been slated for October 2021, but more details have yet to be released by the CT Lottery and the tribal organizations responsible for overseeing betting in the state.
We could see a "soft launch" period as we did in PA with bets only being offered at certain times before the "hard launch" happens later in the year. It's also possible that some brands will switch, as mentioned previously with BetRivers and SugarHouse, or that some brands might launch in-person first before going online in the state.
Additionally up in the air is promotional information. Most sportsbooks will offer bonus codes for welcome offers in live states. As the CT market is different from other open, competitive markets in that it only provides for three different platforms, we may see those promotional offers differ from what's available in other states. We'll know more in October when everyone is expected to go live.
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. When CT sports betting finally debuts, the following events are likely to draw considerable interest from gamblers.
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 men’s 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.
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 online sports betting fans back the Celtics, particularly those east from Hartford.
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 Connecticut sports betting fans from Bridgeport and New Haven.
NHL betting in Connecticut
Connecticut online sports betting 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. When Connecticut sports betting apps launch, the Bruins will likely get the support of most fans.
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 would likely see considerable action from legal Connecticut sportsbooks.
MLB betting in Connecticut
With no MLB franchises in-state, Connecticut online sports betting 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 would likely be quite popular with Connecticut betting sites.
Other Connecticut teams to bet on
Beyond professional leagues, there are many collegiate teams that would 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 sports betting 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 will soon be 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 will be offering legal, online bets in Connecticut starting October 2021.
How do I withdraw my winnings in Connecticut?
As Connecticut sports betting isn’t live yet, you can’t currently have (or withdraw) any winnings. However, when they do go live, the withdrawal process will be straightforward, and allow you to transfer your funds (with requirements) to a number of payment options.
Can I bet online on my phone in Connecticut?
Not at the moment. After the official launch of Connecticut online sports betting, mobile betting will go live.
When will Connecticut sports betting go live?
October 2021 is slated to be the "soft launch" for CT sports betting, with a full launch to follow soon after.
Final Thoughts on Betting in Connecticut
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 will be sports betting providers. Three big names in sports betting: DraftKings, FanDuel, and a Rush Street Interactive book (likely PlaySugarHouse) will offer betting by October 2021, barring any massive changes.
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