As one of several states that have passed sports betting legislation, Connecticut now has the freedom to create its own sports betting industry following the repeal of the federal sports betting ban by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 14, 2018. However, the state still has several hurdles to jump before launching a legal market.
Next steps for CT sports betting
The tribal owners of Connecticut’s two casinos — Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun — both support legalized sports betting but only if they have exclusive rights to operate within the state. The tribes threatened to cut off slot machine revenue to the state if any sports betting legislation violated their exclusive rights to casino gambling.
The state legislature adjourned in May, but Gov. Dallen Malloy stated he will attempt to resolve the sports betting rights issue with the tribes before calling a special session to discuss legalizing and regulating sports betting before the end of the year.
CT Sports Betting FAQ
Where could I place sports bets if it was legal in CT?
It’s early to say. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) oversees the state’s current gambling activity and is tasked with doing the same for sports betting. However, regulators have asked the legislature for more guidance on the topic, leading to a series of investigative hearings.
How will the Supreme Court ruling have an impact on CT and other states?
SCOTUS finding PASPA unconstitutional opens the door for any state to legalize and regulate sports betting.