Connecticut sports betting crossed the goal line at long last! Online sportsbooks officially launched on Oct. 19, 2021. Alongside the three apps are two retail sportsbooks up and running in the state.
The three Connecticut sports betting sites include the full array of bonuses, odds boosts, and promotions for new users. DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse come with a ton of experience, too. We’re going to take a detailed look at how the CT sports betting market shakes out and what folks can expect as legal wagering kicks into gear.
Best online sports betting sites in Connecticut
Is Connecticut sports betting legal?
Yes, it sure is. Online sports betting launched on Oct. 19 after a seven-day limited access soft launch. Retail betting kicked off at the state’s two casinos at the end of September. The sites that are live in the state include some of the biggest names in the US sports betting market. Two online skins automatically went to tribal partners with another reserved for the CT lottery. Meanwhile, the lottery can operate up to 15 retail sports betting locations, though none have opened just yet.
Connecticut sports betting apps
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation found its partner in August 2021. It chose Rush Street Interactive, the company behind BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse. We now know the three sports betting apps live in Connecticut. Let’s take a closer look at each:
FanDuel sportsbook Connecticut has risen to the top of the charts in a number of legal states and also has its sights firmly set on additional growth via a deal with the Mohegan Tribe. The online and mobile platforms are among the most user-friendly in the industry and a breeze to navigate around.
A partnership with the CT Lottery gives Rush Street Interactive access to Connecticut via its PlaySugarHouse brand. Connecticut law stipulates that the lottery’s sports betting app cannot have ties to a land-based casino. What users will see is the PlaySugarHouse Connecticut platform which is clean and simple to use.
DraftKings Sportsbook CT already has a strong foothold in the Northeast, and the company partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe early on. 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.
How to start betting online in CT
The procedure for getting started with online sports betting in CT is a simple process. If you’ve signed up at sports betting apps in nearby Pennsylvania, the procedure is very similar in Connecticut. The entire process can be completed remotely. 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 oversees Connecticut sports betting?
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 of the DCP.
What is the legal gambling age in Connecticut?
The legal gambling age in Connecticut 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, you must be 21 or older.
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.
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
If you want to bet on sports in person, you will have access to plenty of retail books in the state. 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, sportsbooks opened in September 2021 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
- Partner: DraftKings
Mohegan Sun Casino
- Address: 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
- Location: Uncasville, CT 06382
- Phone: 888-226-7711
- Operator: Mohegan Tribe
- Partner: FanDuel
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. PlaySugarHouse, the lottery’s online partner, plans to open 15 retail sportsbook locations throughout the state, including 10 Sportech venues (subject to regulatory approvals):
- Bobby V’s, Stamford
- Bobby V’s, Windsor Locks
- Sports Haven, New Haven
- Winners locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford and Norwalk