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Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

Yes. Sports betting is legal in Connecticut, both online and in person. Three live sports betting apps operate in the state — DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fanatics Sportsbook — and in-person betting is also available at a variety of locations.

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What’s happening in CT sports betting right now

June 14, 2024
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection reportedly plans to send a cease-and-desist letter to Bovada within the next week.
June 10, 2024
CT sports betting handle fell to $154.1 million in April, down 17.9% from March but up 21.7% year over year.
May 8, 2024
CT sports betting handle rose to $187.8 million in March, up 15.3% from February and 17.4% year-over-year.
April 8, 2024
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Connecticut sports betting snapshot

Is online sports betting legal in Connecticut?Yes. Online sports betting is legal in Connecticut, and sportsbooks have been taking wagers since October 2021 after Gov. Ned Lamont signed new tribal gambling compacts.
What sportsbook apps are legal in CT?DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fanatics Sportsbook.
What sports can I bet on in Connecticut?All major sports leagues and international contests are available to wager on in Connecticut. Bettors can place wagers on college sports, but they can’t bet on Connecticut-based teams unless the team is competing in a tournament, such as March Madness.
Who can bet on sports in Connecticut?You must be 21 or older to bet on sports online or in person in the state.

Top Connecticut sports betting apps

Choosing which sportsbook to use comes down to what works best for you and the type of bettor you are. Each book differs in the breadth of the wagers it offers, its perks, and the user experience it creates. Here is a quick guide to the online sportsbooks available in Connecticut. Currently, large books like BetMGM, Caesars, and BetRivers are unavailable in the state. Note that the Connecticut Lottery has found a new partner in Fanatics Sportsbook. Fanatics has taken over the partnership with the lottery after SugarHouse (Rush Street) pulled out of a 10-year agreement with the state in March 2023.

1. FanDuel Sportsbook Connecticut

FanDuel Sportsbook is a market leader in a number of US states and offers a user-friendly app as well as various bonuses. Additionally, bettors can place same-game parlays with multiple player props for the same event, a feature unavailable at every book. 

2. DraftKings Sportsbook Connecticut

One of the top online sportsbooks in the US, DraftKings Sportsbook combines a sleek app and a top-of-the-line live betting experience. The Boston-based company offers some of the consistently best odds and betting options, along with betting pools that let you create private contests to play with friends and family.

3. Fanatics Sportsbook Connecticut

Fanatics Sportsbook is the newest sportsbook app available in Connecticut after PlaySugarHouse ended its relationship with the Connecticut Lottery. After a few months of deliberation, the lottery replaced SugarHouse with Fanatics Sportsbook. The Fanatics Sportsbook app is visually appealing, offers competitive odds, and has a rewards program, FanCash. FanCash allows users to acquire extra funds they can redeem for bonus bets or merchandise on the Fanatics retail site. However, some users complain about the app being slow and buggy.

Best CT sportsbook bonuses and how to get started

Considering the available options, with just three legal sportsbooks operating in Connecticut, getting ready to place your bets should take only a few minutes. After you choose a sportsbook, follow the prompts and provide the necessary information.

Before claiming sports betting promos in Connecticut, take the time to understand the available sign-up offers and bonuses. Here are some common options:

10 quick facts about Connecticut sports betting

  1. Retail sports betting in Connecticut launched on Sept. 30, 2021. Online sports betting soft-launched on Oct. 12, with a full launch soon after on Oct. 19
  2. Two tribes that operate casinos in Connecticut have reached deals with the state to provide two of the three online sportsbook platforms. 
  3. The Mohegan Tribe partnered with FanDuel, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation partnered with DraftKings. 
  4. The Connecticut Lottery operates the third sports betting platform in partnership with Fanatics.
  5. At least 15 sportsbooks applied for that third online sports betting skin, though the lottery did not reveal any applicants’ identities.
  6. Lobbyists from MLB and the NBA both testified in support of sports betting in Connecticut before the legislation passed. 
  7. Sports betting licenses in the state are good for 10 years.
  8. Connecticut reached $1 billion in handle in nine months.
  9. The state taxes sports betting revenue at a rate of 13.75%.
  10. You can’t legally bet on in-state college teams in Connecticut unless they are playing in a tournament.

Connecticut sports betting law and regulations

When legislators passed HB 6451 in 2021, the bill ratified the details of a new gambling compact between the state and tribes. 

That compact gave out just three online skins in the state: one for FanDuel, which partnered with the Mohegan Tribe; one for DraftKings, which partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; and one for the Connecticut Lottery, which partnered with SugarHouse Sportsbook. SugarHouse would later back out of its deal with the state, which then partnered with Fanatics Sportsbook.

Under the compact, the CT Lottery can also operate up to 15 retail sportsbooks in Connecticut (there are eight open currently). It can outsource some of them to Sportech, the state’s off-track betting provider. 

Sports betting licenses in the state are good for 10 years, and the state taxes revenue at 13.75%.

Popular sports to bet on in Connecticut

While Connecticut is technically part of New England, the southwest portion of the state is close to New York City, meaning the sports allegiances of many residents are split between New York and Boston. 

With no big-league sports teams located in Connecticut, New York Giants, New England Patriots, and New York Jets odds are the most popular bets in the state. In other leagues, the most popular teams include the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Major League Baseball, and the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks in the NBA

The state capital, Hartford, used to have an NHL team, the Whalers, but the franchise moved to North Carolina in 1997. That means hockey fans have the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers or New York Islanders as the closest teams for which to root. American Hockey League teams in Bridgeport and Hartford are affiliated with the Islanders and Rangers, respectively.

The University of Connecticut Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams are popular and have had a lot of success, with the women winning the national championship 10 times since 2000 and the men winning four times since 1999. However, bettors in Connecticut cannot legally wager on those teams unless UConn is playing in a tournament.

CT sports betting history

2024:

The Connecticut Lottery partners with Fanatics Sportsbook after months spent considering possible options to replace SugarHouse as the third sports betting app in the state.

2023: RSI, operating as the SugarHouse brand in CT, pulls out of its contract with the Connecticut Lottery. The lottery begins a search for a new partner to be the third sportsbook in the state.

In December, the lottery announces a new partnership with Fanatics Sportsbook to take over SugarHouse’s spot.

2022: Sports betting in the state crosses the $1 billion mark for handle in July after just nine months. Connecticut goes on to hit a record $164.2 million in handle for the month of October.

Conversations take place about opening a Connecticut Lottery sportsbook in Total Mortgage Arena, the home of the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate Bridgeport Islanders, according to the Connecticut Post. 

2021: An all-encompassing agreement between the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the Mohegan Tribe and the state government finally comes to fruition. Lamont signs new tribal gambling compacts with the tribes, which the state Legislature soon ratifies.

Federal officials review and approve the compacts. This is standard procedure for all tribal gambling agreements. Retail sportsbooks open Sept. 30, and by Oct. 19, all three sportsbook apps are available in the Nutmeg State.

2020: Two sports betting packages — HB 5168 and SB 21 —  fail after multiple legislative hearings.

HB 5168 would have let the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and off-track betting operators run sportsbooks. SB 21, meanwhile, was all about the tribes. Along with sports betting, the bill would have allowed online gambling and a Bridgeport casino.

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

2018: In March, the Public Safety and Security Committee holds 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 push back on the integrity fee, which the NBA lawyer refers 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 ask for 1% of all wagers, which could amount to a lot of money.

Foxwoods Resort Casino later submits testimony saying it favors legalization.

2017: Public Act 17-209 moves to regulate sports betting in Connecticut. The act directs the state Department of Consumer Protection to expand its oversight to the new industry to the extent that state and federal law allow.

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

Connecticut sports betting FAQ

Where can I bet on sports in Connecticut?

State law allows bettors to wager in person and online. If you are 21 or older and located within state lines, you can bet at any of three legal online sportsbooks: FanDuel, DraftKings, and Fanatics. 
You can also place wagers at sportsbooks at the Mohegan Sun Casino (partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook), Foxwoods Resort Casino (partnered with DraftKings), or one of the retail locations that the CT Lottery sponsors.  

Is horse betting legal in Connecticut?

Horse racing and horse betting are legal in Connecticut, though no live tracks currently operate in the state. 
You can place bets on horse racing at off-track facilities throughout the state. Bettors can also wager on horse racing online through advance deposit wagering sites.

Can I play daily fantasy sports in Connecticut?

Daily fantasy sports contests are legal in Connecticut. However, paid contests at FanDuel are currently not available in the state. 
The state requires both a 30-minute pop-up to remind users to take breaks and log out and the use of two-factor authentication. FanDuel does not meet these requirements on its app, leading to a pause in paid contests stretching back to February 2022.
FanDuel initially indicated the pause would only last until the beginning of the 2022-23 NFL season, but it is still in effect. Other sites, however, still offer DFS in Connecticut, including DraftKings and Yahoo.

Who oversees sports betting in Connecticut?

The Department of Consumer Protection oversees the state’s current gambling activity, including sports betting. The Connecticut Lottery Corp. oversees the lottery.

Connecticut sports betting resources