There’s still work to be done before Connecticut sports betting crosses the goal line, but encouraging progress has been made. An agreement has been reached with the state’s tribal operators, tax details have been penciled in, and requests for qualifications from online sportsbooks are underway. Alongside all of that, the Connecticut Legislature approved the compacts and the sports betting bill.
Just like any other state that has worked through the process, it’s all subject to change, but signs point to legal sports betting in Connecticut before too long. In advance of that, we’re going to take a detailed look at how the CT sports betting market might shake out and what folks can expect once legal wagering is officially unveiled.
Is Connecticut sports betting legal?
Sort of. Sports betting is legal in Connecticut as of 2017, but there remains plenty of work to be done before options are actually available. One major hurdle has been cleared as an agreement has been reached between the state and tribal operators. Additionally, in May 2021, the state Legislature approved HB6451 in a late-night session. It now moves to Gov. Ned Lamont for his official signature, which is expected soon. The potential framework for how CT sports betting will take shape is also in place.
- Revenue from sports betting will be taxed at 13.75%
- Two online skins automatically go to tribal partners with another reserved for the CT lottery
- The CT lottery can operate up to 15 retail sports betting locations
What still needs to happen
There are hopes that legal sports betting will be available in CT prior to the start of the upcoming NFL season in 2021. In order for that to happen, Lamont needs to sign the bill and the federal government has to sign off on the new compact with the tribes via the US Department of Interior. The legislation finalized and passed both houses, which means there is just a couple more steps before it is officially approved at all levels.
Last but not least, rules and regulations for Connecticut sports betting will need to be drafted, approved, and finalized. While there are no guarantees that everything will go off without a hitch, legal online sports betting is getting closer to reality.
Connecticut sports betting apps
As mentioned, the CT lottery received great interest for its request for qualifications from operators. The strong response indicates that many of the industry’s top operators are interested in entering the market. Connecticut could be home to at least three sports betting apps. So who are some of the most likely candidates to set up shop in CT? Let’s take a look.
DraftKings sportsbook already has a strong foothold in the Northeast, and the company already has a foothold in Connecticut thanks to a partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. For users, a slick platform that has received high marks for usability awaits, as do all of the bet types and markets you could ask for.
FanDuel sportsbook has risen to the top of the charts in a number of legal states and also has its sights firmly set on additional growth. The online and mobile platforms are among the most user-friendly in the industry and a breeze to navigate around.
The battle for sports betting supremacy continues to heat up, and BetMGM sportsbook is right in the thick of it. The company has been aggressively advertising for market share while establishing strategic partnerships, and backs it all up with a solid sports betting product.
William Hill Sportsbook
The UK-based sports betting powerhouse continues to grow at a rapid pace here on our shores. The William Hill app features an awesome platform and plenty of markets to consider, as well as odds and lines that are among the most competitive in the industry.
BetRivers has made some solid headway in recent times as the company expands its reach across multiple states. The BetRivers mobile app is clean and simple to use, and there’s also a fantastic rewards program that sports bettors are eligible for.
How to start betting online in CT
The procedure for getting started with online sports betting in CT will depend on the final state rules. In many spots, the entire process can be completed remotely, while a few states have slapped an in-person registration requirement on users. To sign up at sportsbook apps in Illinois, users are required to visit a local casino. Obviously, remote is the much more flexible of the two options as you can take care of everything on a computer or mobile app.
We’ll have to patiently wait and see how it all shakes out in CT. Assuming the law lays out a path for remote registration, users can expect a simple process and to have to provide details like:
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of social
After following the prompts and providing the requested info, your new account will be created right away. The only caveat to that is if the operator has any trouble verifying your age or identity, in which case you’ll be notified and have to provide additional verification.
There’s no residency requirement for playing in legal states, but users do need to be within the borders of the state for the purposes of placing bets. Operators will verify that you are where you say you are with the assistance of geolocation tracking software.
As for the sites and apps themselves, you’ll find platforms that are slick and easy to use. You’ll be able to take care of all of the major items right from your computer or mobile device without the need to visit a retail book unless you choose to do so.
Who will regulate Connecticut sports betting?
At the moment, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) oversees the state’s current gambling activity via its gaming division. Sports betting will fall under the Connecticut Gaming Division as well.
What is the legal gambling age in Connecticut?
The legal gambling age in CT varies based on the activity. If you want to play the lottery or try your hand at horse betting in Connecticut, you must be 18 years of age or older. Casino gaming is restricted to those who are 21 and older. For sports betting, we’ll have to wait and see what the final word is once legislation is finalized and officially rubber-stamped. Many of the legal states have the age set at 21.
Sports betting partnerships in CT
In the new legal environment, sports betting is no longer operating in the shadows. The major sports leagues kept their distance from wagering in the past, but that has changed dramatically in a short period of time. All of the top pro leagues have deals in place with sports betting companies, such as the NFL and its deals with Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel.
Individual teams have also been permitted to link arms with sportsbooks. Over in neighboring NY, examples include DraftKings signing on as the official sports betting partner of both the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. This is a trend that has been growing in recent times and shows no signs of abating.
While no pro teams make their home in CT, it wouldn’t be stunning to see the operators that enter the market do their best to engage fans across the state with various promotional and partnership deals. The same applies for top casinos such as Mohegan Sun and Foxwood Resorts, but we’ll have to wait and see what develops.
Futures and prop betting in Connecticut
At legal sportsbooks, the menu of options runs really deep. There are always plenty of games and events to choose from, as well as scores of bet types to consider on each. Pregame bets such as moneyline, spread, and totals capture lots of attention, but they’re not the only ways to get in on the action. While sports betting isn’t live in CT just yet, we can expect more of the same here.
The futures market continues to grow in popularity. These are wagers that let you peer into the crystal ball and make some predictions on outcomes that won’t be settled until a later date. Odds for the biggest markets come out in the offseason, while other options will appear as a season draws near. Some of the most popular futures bets revolve around:
- Super Bowl
- NBA Finals
- World Series
- Stanley Cup
- College Football Playoffs
- March Madness
- Golf’s Majors
- Tennis Grand Slams
- NASCAR Daytona 500
There are also futures for regular-season win totals for individual teams in the major sports, as well as for players to take down major awards like the NFL MVP. The goal for futures betting is to nail the winner, but you should also have an eye towards finding the best possible returns for your selections by doing some line shopping.
Interest in prop betting has also exploded in the new legal environment. These are additional ways to wager on games and events. Many of the most popular props revolve around individual players and how they’ll perform. As such, those with fantasy sports experience can use it as a natural transition point. Examples of prop bets include:
- How many total yards for Saquon Barkley – Over/Under 109.5?
- Who will have more hits plus walks in the game – Aaron Judge or J.D. Martinez?
- Will Kevin Durant lead the Nets in scoring – Yes/No?
Props can be found by clicking through on the contest listing. For the most popular sports, there will be a slew of options, but there will be less to choose from on those that don’t garner as much attention. As with all other bet types, there will be odds attached to all of the potential choices with payouts based on what the numbers say.
Live betting at CT online sportsbooks
The emergence of betting on live sports events has been one of the more fascinating developments in the sports betting industry in recent times. This is a style of wagering which affords users the chance to wager in real-time as the action is playing out. The market moves really fast, but platforms from the top shops are built for the task.
Most legal online and mobile sportsbooks have a dedicated section for current and upcoming live betting opportunities. The odds and offerings will vary based on what’s happening, but you’ll generally see a good deal of choices as the games play out. Beyond updated odds and lines on the outcome, you’ll see a variety of options such as:
- Which side will score three runs first – Mets or Phillies?
- Who will have more passing yards before halftime – Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers?
- Will the Rangers score a goal on this power play – Yes/No?
Live betting can be treated as a complement to your overall betting strategy as it provides opportunities to hedge or double down on initial positions. Plenty of handicappers also treat it as an entirely separate facet and budget accordingly. Regardless of which approach you follow with live betting, remember to always bet with your head and never over it.
Connecticut sports teams to bet on
Once upon a time, the Hartford Whalers represented Connecticut in the NHL. The team relocated and became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997, and the state has been without a pro team to call its own since then.
On the bright side, it’s located between two major hubs in Boston and New York, so there are plenty of clubs for folks to latch onto and root for.
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- New England Patriots
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- Boston Celtics
- New York Yankees
- New York Mets
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Rangers
- New York Islanders
- Boston Bruins
If you’re a fan of pro sports, you won’t be lacking for options at online and mobile shops. You can bet on all of the above all season long at legal sportsbooks, as well as any other pro team that you want to. Betting on college sports are also a thing in CT, but we’ll have to wait and see how the legality shakes out.
Some states prohibit wagering on in-state programs, while others have no such restrictions in place. Speaking of the rules and regulations, there have been a few points of consistency across legal states. First, wagering on high school sports is prohibited. Next, those with ties to a game in a professional capacity are prohibited from wagering on those events.
Where to bet on sports in Connecticut
As sports betting legislation continues to be hammered out in Connecticut, the presence of retail outlets has been among the big talking points. In short, the state wants retail sportsbooks easily accessible across the state, and the CT lottery will get to operate up to 15 outlets as part of the deal. At the top of the list, we can safely guess that sportsbooks will be found at the two Connecticut casinos:
Foxwoods Resort Casino
- Address: 350 Trolley Line Blvd.
- Location: Ledyard, CT 06338
- Phone: 860-312-3000
- Operator: Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Mohegan Sun Casino
- Address: 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
- Location: Uncasville, CT 06382
- Phone: 888-226-7711
- Operator: Mohegan Tribe
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes also had a deal in place for a new casino in East Windsor, but those plans are on hold. There are also over a dozen off-track betting (OTB) facilities in CT operating under the Winners brand. They can be found in:
- East Haven
- New Britain
- New Haven
- New London
Existing horse betting venues make sense for retail sportsbook add-ons. Since the state lottery gets dibs on retail outlets as well, brick-and-mortar books could pop up elsewhere. We’ll see what ultimately develops, but it’s sounding like Connecticut residents and visitors will have plenty of options to consider for retail sports betting.