Connecticut Sports Betting Rules You Need To Know

Written By Derek Helling on October 18, 2021 - Last Updated on October 19, 2021

The Nutmeg State is about to join the ranks of those with legal online casinos and regulated online sportsbooks. With the Oct. 19 launch, there are some crucial Connecticut sports betting rules to be aware of.

Outside of the normal responsible gambling protocols, CT has some unique geolocation regulations. Additionally, the state restricts what events bettors can put wagers on at the collegiate level as well.

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Connecticut sports betting rules on geolocation

In CT, not only does it matter that you’re within the state when you bet on sports but it also matters exactly where in the state you are when you go to place your wagers as well. These regulations pertain to whether you’re on sovereign tribal lands or not and if so, which reservation.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribe maintain online exclusivity on their reservations when it comes to online casino play and sports betting. That means you’ll only be able to bet with their partners while on those lands.

For the Mashantucket Pequot, that’s DraftKings Sportsbook. For the Mohegan Tribe, that’s FanDuel Sportsbook. If you’re on sovereign territory, you will still be able to register for an account, make deposits, browse the odds, and withdraw winnings from any licensed CT operator.

However, if you want to place a bet on DraftKings and you’re on Mohegan land, for instance, you’ll have to travel off-reservation before you can actually submit your betting slip. The same applies to FanDuel if you’re on Mashantucket Pequot soil. You won’t be able to bet with the Connecticut Lottery‘s SugarHouse Sportsbook platform on either tribal territory.

Off-reservation but still within the borders of CT, you’ll have your choice of any of the three apps for full use. The next most important parts of the regs involve responsible gambling concerns.

Age restrictions, integrity protections, etc.

Like with gambling at the tribal casinos, you need to be at least 21 years of age in order to gamble online. Additionally, if you’re already part of either tribal casino’s self-exclusion programs, those have now expanded to include the online casino and sportsbook products.

The state recently started a broader self-exclusion program that will cover the CT Lottery sports betting products as well. Another restriction won’t apply to the majority of CT residents but is worth noting.

If you have an interest in any CT sports team or gambling company or work for any of the same at a high level, it’s best that you avoid betting on sporting events altogether or at the very least those pertaining to the sports team you own a part of/work for. For example, Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller shouldn’t be betting on WNBA games.

The concern is that Miller would use the insider information he is privy to in order to manipulate betting markets to his advantage. Not only is it a threat to the integrity of the sporting events but illegal as well.

Connecticutters who don’t fall in any of those categories are free to wager on the entire menu of available events. You might notice some events are missing from that menu soon, though.

CT implements collegiate wagering restrictions

Like in several other states, legal sportsbooks in CT cannot accept bets on collegiate sporting events involving in-state colleges and universities and the athletes who play for them. That will include Quinnipiac, UConn, Yale, and others.

The ban doesn’t include the entirety of tournaments that those athletes/teams take part in. So, CT bettors will still be able to wager on other March Madness futures and games. You just won’t be able to bet on whether UConn will win its games in that tourney or the Huskies to win the tournament.

Starting Oct. 19, though, the greater balance of college and professional sporting events will be available for eligible Connecticutters to wager on. Within these rules, it provides a new way to engage with sporting events in CT.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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