Connecticut Sports Betting

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Connecticut sports betting is legal and available throughout the state. Online sportsbooks started taking bets in the state in October 2021. DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse sports betting apps offer bonuses and welcome offers to new users in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, on Nov. 16, DraftKings opened its permanent sportsbook at Foxwoods Casino. A temporary sportsbook is up and running via FanDuel at Mohegan Sun, but 7 Winners off-track betting locations are taking bets, too. The Connecticut Lottery and SugarHouse Sportsbook oversee bets at Bobby V’s in Stamford and Windsor Locks as well as five other locations.

The state lottery still has the ability to open more retail locations in the future.

All three online operators will get their first taste of legal competition from New York in January. Four of the nine approved NY sportsbooks launched Jan. 8.

Here’s all you need to know about legal sports betting in Connecticut.

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Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

Yes. Retail sports betting in Connecticut launched Sept. 30, 2021. Online sports betting soft-launched on Oct. 12 with a full launch on Oct. 19. The state’s two gaming tribes reached an agreement with the government of Connecticut in 2021 to include legal sports betting in CT within a larger deal on casino offerings and tribal exclusivity.

Wagering is legal both via mobile apps and in-person at physical sportsbooks. The state lottery also will offer a mobile sports betting app in CT.

Online sportsbooks in Connecticut

Bettors have three options for selecting an online sportsbook in CT via partnerships with the two Connecticut tribes and via the state lottery. DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook launched in the state in October.

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Boston-based company found a partner in the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, who operate Foxwoods Resort and Casino. DraftKings Sportsbook opened a retail sportsbook at the casino and also provide an online sports betting app and casino.

FanDuel Sportsbook

The Mohegan Tribe signed on with provider FanDuel after amending its agreement with Kambi. That means FanDuel Sportsbook Connecticut powers the trading behind the retail sportsbook product at Mohegan Sun Casino as well as the online brand. FanDuel Sportsbook in Connecticut launched on Oct. 19.

PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook

The third online sportsbook in Connecticut is Sugarhouse Sportsbook via the lottery. At least 15 different sportsbooks applied for that mobile sports betting skin, though the lottery did not reveal the identities of any of the applicants. The CT Lottery announced RSI as its partner, after narrowing down the field to four. PlaySugarHouse Connecticut is the brand available to customers in the state.

What’s happening in CT sports betting right now

  • Sept. 19, 2022 – Connecticut saw $80 million bet in August across its three mobile sportsbooks and retail CT Lottery operations. That resulted in $9.9 million in revenue and $1.5 million in taxes.
  • Aug. 22, 2022 – The state’s three online sportsbooks and retail betting through the CT Lottery combined for $859,094 in taxes paid from $7.6 million in July revenue. Operators held 9.6% of the $78.3 million bet.
  • Aug. 1, 2022 – Neighboring Massachusetts took inspiration from Connecticut with its sports betting legislation that only allows wagering on in-state colleges in post-season tournaments.
  • July 18, 2022 – Connecticut crossed the $1 billion mark for handle in nine months. The $95.4 million bet in June pushed total handle since launch in October to $1.078 billion. Operators have paid $7.3 million in taxes on $80.9 million in revenue over that period.
  • July 6, 2022 – Conversations continue for a Connecticut Lottery sportsbook in the Total Mortgage Arena, the home of the New York Islanders‘ AHL affiliate Bridgeport Islanders, according to the CT Post.
  • June 28, 2022 – A DraftKings spokesperson said the impact of sports bettors from Massachusetts is “not insignificant” in Connecticut. Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island saw better-than-average handle in May compared to other US states, likely from the Boston Celtics‘ run in the NBA Playoffs.
  • June 20, 2022 – Connecticut’s sportsbooks reported $115.2 million in May handle with $9.4 million in revenue. That translated to $1.9 million in tax revenue.
  • June 13, 2022 – With no legal sports betting in Massachusetts, Connecticut’s sportsbooks should be feeling a decent bump in NBA Finals betting as the Boston Celtics face the Golden State Warriors for the title.

The status of sports betting in Connecticut

CT sports betting launched Sept. 30 with retail sportsbooks first. Online sports betting followed a couple weeks later in October 2021. The launch followed a deal on a new tribal gaming compact.

Sports betting in the state of Connecticut includes the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians. The tribes control gaming in the state and operate two of the three mobile platforms available.

The Connecticut Lottery operates the third mobile platform in conjunction with Rush Street, the company behind BetRivers Sportsbook. Officials with the lottery conducted an RFP process to select a partner to operate their mobile sports wagering skin. The process was finalized on June 28, and the announcement came a month later.

Gov. Ned Lamont‘s spokesman Max Reiss told the Hartford Courant he wanted competition in the state prior to agreeing to a deal with gaming tribes:

“Any such proposal … must be designed to avoid and withstand endless legal challenges, include multiple, competing mobile platforms off the tribes’ reservations, and build upon the existing footprints of all of the state’s existing gaming operators,” Reiss said.

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Not even a new and ramping market was saved from the annual February falloff as sportsbooks in Connecticut all reported a drop from January. Connecticut’s three online sportsbooks and the Connecticut Lottery‘s PlaySugarHouse-branded retail sportsbooks combined for $115.6 million in handle last month. That is down 26.9% from January and ranks as the lowest total […] Read More
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Connecticut sports betting bills

2021

HB 6451: The enabling bill for the new tribal compacts agreed to by the state government and gaming tribes

2020

Two bills introduced in the state Senate to facilitate the legalization of CT sports betting died in committee:

2019

Legislation intended to create online sportsbooks in CT included the following bills:

CT sports betting law

The bill passed by state legislators ratified the details of the new gaming compact between tribes and the state:

  • Sports betting revenue receives a tax rate of 13.75%.
  • Sports betting licenses are good for 10 years.
  • Three online brands were authorized. DraftKings Sportsbook partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot and FanDuel partnered with the Mohegan. The CT Lottery also receives a skin.
  • Along with its online skin, the Lottery can operate 15 retail sportsbooks. Two must be located in Bridgeport and Hartford. The Lottery can outsource some of those operations to Sportech, the state’s OTB operator.

Legal sports betting basics in Connecticut

Connecticut has several forms of legal gambling outside of sports betting.

The state’s two tribal casinos generate billions of dollars in annual revenue from table games, slots and bingo. They’re owned by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, who are planning to build a third casino near East Windsor. Connecticut also has a significant pari-mutuel wagering industry (including off-track horse betting) and a state lottery.

In 2017, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the gaming expansion that granted permission for the East Windsor casino. It was accompanied by a “sweetener bill” which included (1) a new advisory council for large entertainment venues, (2) an expansion to the state’s OTBs, and (3) the direction to establish sports betting regulations if federal hurdles are removed.

Here’s what the law says:

The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to regulate wagering on sporting events to the extent permitted by state and federal law.

Regulators in Connecticut weren’t quite ready to move forward, though. The Department of Consumer Protection asked the legislature for more guidance, spawning a series of investigative hearings on the topic.

In the time since passage, lawmakers have become educated about the sports betting industry as they’ve looked to shape the Division’s framework. Lobbyists from the NBA and MLB have testified in support of CT sports betting, provided the regulations include integrity fees paid directly to them.

Popular sports to bet on in CT

Connecticut is technically in New England, but it also borders the state of New York. That leaves allegiance across the state to some very popular NFL teams.

The New England Patriots have been popular bets during the Tom Brady era, but that could all change with Cam Newton at quarterback.

Meanwhile, the New York Giants and New York Jets haven’t been great teams the past few years but still have loyal fans all throughout the region.

Basketball could also be a betting favorite in Connecticut. That’s especially true if betting is allowed on in-state college teams.

The University of Connecticut Huskies men’s basketball team is usually in the running for a spot in March Madness. The women’s team, of course, is one of the best women’s basketball programs in the country.

Baseball splits right down the middle in Connecticut between New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans.

Connecticut and daily fantasy sports

It is perfectly legal to enter daily fantasy sports contests in Connecticut but their availability could be under fire because of the 2021 gaming bill.

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a budget bill into law in October 2017 which legalized and regulated the contests. Popular operators like DraftKings and FanDuel operate in the state.

However, there is serious concern that DFS players in Connecticut could be without legal options until operators can reach agreement with gaming tribes, who now control fantasy sports. Discussions to solve the situation are ongoing.

Is horse racing legal in CT?

Horse racing is legal in Connecticut, though there are currently no tracks that run races.

Betting on horse racing is legal at off-track betting facilities available around the state.

Bettors can also wager on horse racing online through advance deposit wagering sites like BetAmerica, TVG and TwinSpires. Off-track betting facilities potentially could offer sports betting in CT under the terms of the new gaming agreement.

Connecticut sports betting timeline

2021: An all-encompassing agreement between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, and the state government finally came to fruition. Gov. Ned Lamont signed new tribal gaming compacts with the tribes, which the state legislature ratified shortly after.

Federal officials reviewed and approved the compacts. This is standard procedure for all tribal gaming agreements. Retail sportsbooks opened Sept. 30, and by Oct. 19, all three sportsbook apps were up and running in the Nutmeg State.

2020: Two sports betting packages  – H 5168 and S 21 –  failed after multiple legislative hearings.

H 5168 lets the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians as well as the off-track betting operators run sportsbooks. S 21, meanwhile, was all about the tribes. Along with sports betting the bill would have given them online gaming and permission for a Bridgeport casino.

2019: A special legislative session in the fall did not include sports betting.

2018: In March, the Public Safety and Security Committee held an exploratory hearing on sports betting. Lawyers from the NBA and MLB attended to pitch their list of wants, including the ability to restrict wagers and the right to collect an integrity fee.

Lawmakers pushed back on the integrity fee, which the NBA lawyer referred to as a “royalty fee.” The leagues argue that the strength of their brand and the need to bolster their monitoring tools necessitate inclusion in the revenue from sports betting. They asked for 1% of all money wagered, which could amount to a lot of money.

Foxwoods Resort Casino later submitted testimony saying it favors legalization.

2017: Public Act 17-209 is the original law that moves to regulate sports betting in Connecticut. The Act directed the DCP to expand their oversight to the new industry to the extent permitted by state and federal law.

Shortly after passage, the Department indicated that it was aware of its new responsibilities:

DCP is tasked with adopting regulations to regulate wagering on sporting events to the extent permitted by state and federal law. The Department is also aware of the New Jersey case that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up and will continue to monitor federal activity surrounding sports betting.

The DCP subsequently asked for more guidance in establishing the regulatory framework for Connecticut sports betting.

Connecticut sports betting FAQ

Who oversees Connecticut sports betting?

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) oversees the state’s current gambling activity, including sports betting. The state lottery also will oversee some facets of sports betting in Connecticut, as it will have oversight of its own product.

Where can I bet on sports in Connecticut?

If you are 21 years old and inside Connecticut state lines, you can bet at three legal online sportsbooks: DraftKings, FanDuel and PlaySugarHouse. Bettors can also wager at retail sportsbooks at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Connecticut Lottery will open additional retail sportsbooks throughout the state in partnership with PlaySugarHouse.

Who can apply for a Connecticut sports betting license?

At this point, no one. All three licenses have been assigned to operators now. The state’s two gaming tribes already reached agreements with DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook, respectively. The state lottery has a deal with Rush Street Interactive, which, in turn, has launched PlaySugarHouse to serve Connecticut inhabitants.

Who is able to bet on sports in Connecticut?

The legal gambling age is 21 for casino gaming and 18 for pari-mutuel wagering.

Is mobile sports betting available in Connecticut?

Yes. The gaming bills ratifying tribal compacts between Connecticut and the tribes spelled out mobile sports wagering in CT. Mobile sportsbooks are now available through the two tribes and through the Connecticut Lottery.  You do not need to be a Connecticut resident to bet at CT sportsbooks, but you do need to be in Connecticut.

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