Last updated: October 19, 2021
Online sports betting is live in Connecticut as of Oct. 19 following a successful launch of mobile sports betting apps in the state.
Top CT sports betting apps for 2021
The first retail sportsbooks at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos opened Sept. 30. Up to 15 more sportsbooks will launch with the Connecticut Lottery with 10 expected to open by the end of October.
CT legislators approved new gaming compacts between the two gaming tribes and the state this year. The Department of the Interior approved the compacts in September, which led to a full online betting launch during Week 7 of the NFL season.
Online sports betting in Connecticut could capture a significant portion of the tri-state area market, as many New York City commuters live in Connecticut.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Oct. 19, 2021 – All three sports betting apps are now fully live and open to every legal bettor in Connecticut after the successful completion of the soft launch.
- Oct. 14, 2021 – The Connecticut Lottery’s soft launch online sports betting platform PlaySugarHouse is going well, Lottery President Greg Smith said. Bettors deposited more than $60,000 with withdrawals already taking place through the first two days, he added.
- Oct. 12, 2021 – Online sportsbooks are live in Connecticut as of Oct. 12. All three apps are in a soft-launch period for at least seven days with bettors limited to 750 for each platform.
- Oct. 5, 2021 – Online sportsbook apps will not launch Oct. 7 as expected, a Department of Consumer Protection spokesperson said. Delays in the publications of gaming compacts at the federal level led to the delay. This should not be a “lengthy delay”, the spokesperson added.
- Sept. 30, 2021 — DraftKings and FanDuel opened retail sportsbooks at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, respectively. Online sportsbooks are scheduled to launch Oct. 7. The Connecticut Lottery is expected to soft launch its retail and online sportsbooks in early October.
- Sept. 29, 2021 – DraftKings announced it would launch retail sports betting Sept. 30 at Foxwoods after its amended compact was published in the Federal Register Monday. Online sports betting is still expected to launch Oct. 7.
- Sept. 16, 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont‘s chief of staff told a local news station online sports betting will launch Oct. 7 in the state. That means Connecticut sports bettors will be able to place bets on DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse for week 5 of the NFL season.
- Sept. 15, 2021 – The amended compact between Connecticut and the Mohegan Indians was published in the Federal Register, which was necessary for it to take effect. That could lead to retail sports betting launching as soon as week 3 of the NFL season.
- Sept. 9, 2021 — The US Department of the Interior signed off and gave its approval on the new tribal gaming compacts. The market is now on track to launch in October, Gov. Lamont said, for both online gaming and sports betting. The licensing process continues for the CDCP to certify the gaming platforms.
- Aug. 12, 2021 — The Connecticut Lottery selected Rush Street Interactive as its online sports betting partner, beating four other bidders. Chair Rob Simmelkjaer expects to take NFL bets in the “early part” of the regular season. The amended compact and regulations for the market still need to be approved.
- July 7, 2021 — FanDuel Sportsbook will be in Connecticut after finalizing a deal with Mohegan Sun. The deal was announced less than a week after Kambi announced it would not be supplying sports betting to Mohegan in Connecticut after amending a 2019 agreement.
- June 11, 2021 — The bidding period for the final Connecticut online sports betting skin ended, leaving the Connecticut Lottery with a big decision to make. Four sportsbooks were told to submit binding proposals. The lottery is expected to pick a winner by June 28.
- May 27, 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont signs HB6451 into law and sets the stage for full-scale iGaming in CT, including sports betting. The three licensees in the state will be the two federally recognized Native American tribes and the Connecticut Lottery. The law will now have to gain approval from the US Department of the Interior regarding the adjustments to the compacts.
- May 25, 2021 — HB6451 passes through the Connecticut Senate a week after its approval in the House. The bill, if it becomes law, authorizes Lamont to renegotiate the state’s compacts with the two tribes — the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan
- May 13, 2021 — The Connecticut Lottery announces that it has asked four sportsbook companies to respond to its RFP to find an online sports betting partner. With both tribal licensees already committed to partners, this opportunity represents the last chance for other providers to gain entrance into the Connecticut market. The process has already reduced the potential number of applicants from 15 to four.
- March 18, 2021 — Gov. Ned Lamont comes to an agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot that lays out the plan for including the Foxwoods owners into Connecticut sports betting plans. Lamont reached an agreement with the Mohegan Tribe two weeks prior.
- Feb. 11, 2021 — Lamont acknowledges that iGaming, including sports betting, is imminent in Connecticut by including an expanded forecast for gaming revenue in his 2021 budget proposal. Lamont also files a bill to expand the tribal compacts with the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan to include sports betting and online casino gambling. This bill eventually becomes HB6451.
- Jan. 14, 2021 — Connecticut lawmakers file a bill that would authorize the two powerful tribal entities in the Nutmeg State to offer sports betting and online casino gambling. One striking element about the filing of SB146 is that it, along with Lamont’s comments about iGaming in his State of the State address, is a clear signal that the legalization of a wide array of iGaming is in the works for Connecticut.
- March 5, 2020 — Gov. Ned Lamont makes his position on sports betting clear by doubling down on his advocacy for a simple sports betting agreement. At the time, there are two sports betting bills active in the Connecticut legislature, including one from State Sen. Cathy Osten that also authorizes online casino gaming. However, without the involvement of the tribes, there is a sense that lawmakers are just spinning their wheels.
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 will involve the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians. The tribes control gaming in the state and will operate two of the three mobile platforms available.
The Connecticut Lottery will operate 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.
Latest Connecticut sports betting news
Connecticut sports betting bills
HB 6451: The enabling bill for the new tribal compacts agreed to by the state government and gaming tribes
Two bills introduced in the state Senate to facilitate the legalization of CT sports betting died in committee:
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 a 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, while the state plans to launch online sports betting on Oct. 7.
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?
There is no application process to offer sports betting in Connecticut beyond the one nearing completion via the state lottery. The state’s two gaming tribes already reached agreements with DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook, respectively.
Who will be able to bet on sports in Connecticut?
The legal gambling age is 21 for casino gaming and 18 for pari-mutuel wagering.
Will mobile sports betting be available in Connecticut?
Yes. The gaming bills ratifying tribal compacts between Connecticut and the tribes spelled out mobile sports wagering in CT. You do not need to be a Connecticut resident to bet at CT sportsbooks, but you do need to be in Connecticut.