Connecticut Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in CT

A year before the Supreme Court overturned the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to set the precedent for legalized sports gambling, the Connecticut legislature passed a bill to prepare for such an event.

The bill established the regulatory structure for sports betting and became active once SCOTUS ruled in favor of New Jersey on May 14, 2018, allowing for individual states to legalize sports gambling.

However, the Connecticut legislature adjourned on May 9, 2018, and Gov. Dan Malloy’s call for a special session did not lead to any resolution, as the 2018 legislative session closed without a formal vote.

Dissent from the Native American gaming tribes (Mashantucket and Pequot) that run the massive Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos is the most significant stumbling block preventing the creating of a comprehensive bill on sports gambling. Legislators need tread lightly on the issue because violating the compact with the tribes could cost the state 25 percent of slot machine revenue, which translates to more than $250 annually.

Early in 2019, several bills were introduced to the General Assembly proposing the legalization of sports gambling.

The bill proposed by Public Safety Committee Chairman Joe Verrengia would give the tribes the right to offer sports gambling in their casinos. The Connecticut Lottery and Sportech, which operates 16 pari-mutuel wagering venues in the state, would also be granted the right to offer live sports betting under the bill.

The bill would also allow for a statewide mobile and online gaming platform that requires in-person registration. It would create an estimated $30 million in tax revenue from a 10 percent tax on gross revenue.

What still needs to happen?

While the bill seems friendly and the tribes are reportedly working with state officials on the subject, Connecticut appears to be a long way from officially legalizing the industry.

During a February legislative session that lasted nearly 11 hours, sports betting was not at the top of the item list. The legislature instead focused on the question of creating a third casino in East Windsor. Furthermore, concerns that the individual interests of the tribes, state lottery, and other investors are divergent seemed to prevent legislators from rushing into the approval of a bill.

In a March session, legislators passed two bills that would allow sports betting to be conducted by the entities listed above.

Yet the details are subject to change and the prevalent belief is that the bill has again been put on the back burner. However, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says that the matter could be sent to a special session.

Connecticut Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

No, although there is legislation under consideration that would legalize the industry, there are many questions regarding the regulation of sports betting that may prevent its approval this year.

Can I bet online on my phone in Connecticut?

No, although under the proposed bill residents could register in person and qualify for online and mobile wagering.

Where can I bet on sports in Connecticut?

Currently nowhere. Although the state does have 17 off-track betting facilities and two of the biggest casinos in the world.

What is the legal gambling age in Connecticut?

The legal gambling age in Connecticut is 21 years old.

Is Bovada legal in Connecticut?

No, offshore sites such as Bovada and MyBookie are not legal in Connecticut or any US State. Online wagering will be allowed via retailers that partner with land-based entities.

Who can apply for a Connecticut sports betting license?

Under the proposed legislation, licensed casinos, off-track betting facilities, and the state lottery could apply for a sports betting license.

Who oversees Connecticut sports betting?

The Connecticut Gaming Commission would assume primary responsibility for sports wagering in the state. However, the main concern expressed by legislators is that individual entities, such as the casinos and lottery, would have too much power in regulating the industry.

Connecticut Sports Betting News

Will A New CT Sports Betting Bill Make Everyone Happy Finally?

February 25, 2020

Connecticut has a new, more inclusive sports betting bill that focuses solely on authorizing the activity with all the in-state gambling operators.

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Lawsuits Seem Certain After Familiar CT Sports Betting Debate At Hearing

February 13, 2020

A Connecticut sports betting hearing brought back up the same issues between stakeholders that have stalled previous legislation, frustrating lawmakers.

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Who’s Got Next? Five States That Could Legalize Sports Betting In 2020

January 31, 2020

At least half of US states should have legal sports betting by the end of 2020. Here's the five candidates most likely to choose sports betting this year.

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