Connecticut Sportsbooks & Legal CT Sports Betting
Updated October 7, 2022
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed the state’s gaming compact legislation in May 2021, which opened the door for legal online and retail betting in the state. The state’s online sportsbooks went live Oct. 19, 2021 after the launch was pushed back from an Oct. 7 go-live date. Connecticut’s 2021 sports betting law and accompanying tribal gaming compacts will allow three statewide mobile sportsbooks. The Mohegan (FanDuel) and Mashantucket Pequot (DraftKings) tribes can also open iGaming sites.
Latest Sports News in Connecticut:
- Pats backup QB Brian Hoyer is on the IR after recently being diagnosed with a concussion. This news means that New England has one active quarterback on their roster, Bailey Zappe. (10/7)
- Boston Bruins outlast the NY Rangers 5-4 in their preseason matchup. The Rangers held a 3-1 lead after the first quarter until the Bruins responded with a 3-0 second quarter performance to take the lead. Five different Bruins scored a goal in the game. (10/7)
- Celtics lose preseason home opener in overtime 125-119 to the Toronto Raptors. Jaylen Brown had 23 points and four rebounds in the loss. Boston had a 82-72 lead entering the fourth quarter but couldn't hold on to secure the win. (10/7)
What to Keep an Eye on:
- How will Bailey Zappe perform as the Patriots starter while Mac Jones recovers? New England's next matchup is against the Detroit Lions. (10/7)
- How will the Boston Bruins perform in their final preseason matchup against the New Jersey Devils? (10/7)
- The Celtics' preseason performance under their interim coach, Joe Mazzulla. (10/7)
Connecticut Sports Betting Key Takeaways
|⚖️ Is online sports betting legal in CT?||
Yes, the state’s online sportsbooks launched Oct. 19, 2021
|💸 What are the eligibility requirements for mobile betting?||To place a legal sports wager in your phone in Connecticut you must be 21+ years of age and within the state boundaries (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech or a downloadable desktop plugin).|
|📒 What CT online sportsbooks are available?||FanDuel, SugarHouse and DraftKings|
🏈 What sports can you bet on in Connecticut?
Connecticut bettors will be able to bet on the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, and plenty of other domestic and international leagues/competitions. Bettors may bet on college sports, but not on Connecticut college sports teams (like the UConn Huskies) unless they are playing in a tournament with four or more teams, like the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournaments.
Where to Play: Legal Online Sportsbooks in Connecticut
Top Connecticut Sportsbooks
Connecticut's online sportsbooks did not launch on the state’s targeted Oct. 7 go-live date, but after a brief delay, sportsbooks in the state went live on Oct. 19.
Connecticut’s 2021 sports betting law and accompanying tribal gaming compacts has allowed three statewide mobile sportsbooks. The Mohegan (FanDuel) and Mashantucket Pequot (DraftKings) tribes can also open iGaming sites.
The Connecticut Lottery can open an online sportsbook, as well as up to 15 retail books across the state. The state lottery is partnered with Rush Street Interactive, which will likely brand its sportsbooks under the SugarHouse name. The retail books will be at 10 Sportech sites in Hartford, Manchester, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and Windsor Locks. Five other sites, which includes another location in Hartford and one in Bridgeport, will be announced in the future.
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8.6/10. See our SugarHouse review for more in-depth information about SugarHouse and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
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9.5/10. See our DraftKings review for more in-depth information about DraftKings and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
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Connecticut Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting Tips for Beginners
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Sports Betting Glossary to Learn the Fundamentals
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We recommend each of the online sportsbooks to help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.
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DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive will be the only legal statewide mobile betting options. Although this means Connecticut bettors have access to the two national leaders, the limited options are a disappointment.
With big, established names at the helm, there should be no depositing issues.
The lack of competition could hurt prices, but major operators (and their tech providers) tend to follow the lines in all other states, so bettors could very well see industry standards.
Some competition means there will be enough incentive to offer a wide range of sports, though the limits could mean Connecticut’s sportsbooks are not as aggressive as in other states.
Connecticut Sports Betting Background and Legalization Timeline
Connecticut sports bettors can legally bet on the New York Giants, the Jets, the Knicks and much more after Gov. Ned Lamont signed the state’s gaming compact legislation in May 2021.
The DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the FanDuel Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun were formally approved by federal regulators when a renewed gaming compact between the state and the two partnering tribes was published in the Federal Registrar. The two massive casino resorts have spent months preparing in-person sportsbooks.
The gaming compact will allow the Pequot and the Mohegans to open and regulate retail sportsbooks at their Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, respectively. The Mashantucket Pequots have partnered with DraftKings and the Mohegans with FanDuel. Additionally, the tribes agreed to pause plans for a new joint casino in East Windsor.
Sports betting has slowly gained traction since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban back in 2018, with Gov. Ned Lamont and his predecessor both attempting to reach agreements with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to no avail. In the wake of COVID-19 shutting down both casinos in Connecticut and the government falling into a budget deficit, both sides became more open toward a deal.
That relatively quick turnaround is all the more impressive considering Connecticut's prior multiyear impasse to strike an accord. Then earlier this year, Lamont, the state’s two gaming tribes and the Connecticut Lottery announced a groundbreaking deal to would make Connecticut the first competitive sports betting market in New England. This agreement allows for up to 15 retail sportsbook locations run through the Connecticut Lottery.
The 2021 gaming bill prohibits the lottery from partnering with any sportsbook directly branded under an existing physical casino. That would seemingly exclude Caesars, BetMGM, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock and WynnBet. Like with the two tribal digital sportsbooks, eligible bettors age 21 and up who are physically located in Connecticut may place a mobile bet within state lines.
New Hampshire (DraftKings) and Rhode Island (William Hill, now Caesars) have de facto monopolies — and as sports betting bills still linger in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, Connecticut is New England’s first competitive market. Connecticut officials believe this compromise approach between competing gaming interests could be a model for the region and nation overall.
It's been a process getting sports betting to the goal line in Connecticut. Here are some of the important events along the way to legalization.
Click for Previous Connecticut Sports Betting Legalization Updates
Online sports bettings goes live. The state’s first legal statewide mobile sportsbooks launched for all eligible bettors beginning 6 a.m. ET Oct. 19. [Connecticut Online Sports Betting Launches Statewide, Oct. 19]
New mobile sportsbook launch date announced. Connecticut's new go-live date for mobile sports betting will be Oct. 19. [Online Launch Announced, Oct. 8]
Connecticut sports betting launch for mobile sportsbooks delayed. Connecticut’s sports betting launch has been held up by a federal government delay. The state's Department of Consumer Protection was waiting for the federal government to publish a memorandum of understanding in the Federal Registrar, which didn’t come until Sept. 27. The DCP has not given a formal launch timeline but a lengthy delay beyond the initial Oct. 7 target date is not expected. [Connecticut Launch Delayed, Oct. 5]
Connecticut sports betting launch for mobile sportsbooks delayed.
Connecticut state officials confirm Oct. 7 online sports betting launch. The state’s online sportsbooks will open Oct. 7, state officials confirmed with the Action Network. Connecticut’s 2021 sports betting law and accompanying tribal gaming compacts will allow three statewide mobile sportsbooks. The Mohegan (FanDuel) and Mashantucket Pequot (DraftKings) tribes can also open iGaming sites. [Officials Confirm Launch, Sept. 17]
Connecticut’s first legal retail sportsbooks cleared the final major regulatory hurdle, allowing in-person betting to begin soon. The DraftKings sportsbook at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the FanDuel sportsbook at Mohegan Sun were formally approved by federal regulators when a renewed gaming compact between the state and the two partnering tribes was published in the Federal Registrar. [Sports Betting at Retail Sportsbooks Nears, Sept. 15]
The CT legislature’s Regulation Review Committee approved temporary “emergency” regulations. This will allow the state’s online sportsbooks operators to proceed with state licensing requirements. This process is expected to take between two-to-six weeks. [CT Update, Aug. 31]
The Connecticut Lottery announces its partnership with Rush Street Interactive. The Connecticut Lottery has chosen its partner for its sports betting operations. Rush Street Interactive operates SugarHouse. SugarHouse now joins FanDuel and DraftKings as the final three sportsbooks for the state. [CT Lottery Announcement, Aug. 12]
|FanDuel announces partnership with Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment for sports betting. DraftKings had already partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, meaning FanDuel and DraftKings are likely not in the running to partner with Connecticut Lottery to provide mobile sports wagering. [DraftKings Press Release, FanDuel Press Release, July 7]|
Gov. Ned Lamont signs sports betting, online gaming bill. This establishes a system to legalize sports wagering and online gaming. [Gov. Tweet Announcement, May 27]
The Senate passes sports betting bill, HB 6451. This bill received bipartisan support in the Senate and now moves on for Gov. Lamont to sign. [HB 6451, May 25]
The House passes sports betting bill, HB 6451. This bill received bipartisan support and moves to the Senate in hopes of passing there. [HB 6451, May 20]
Cut off for sports betting platforms to submit qualifications to CT Lottery. Sports betting providers have until April 23 at 3 p.m. to file their response to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s request for qualifications and capabilities from experienced sports betting providers. This is in anticipation of legalization. [CLC Request, April 23]
Gov. Ned Lamont and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe announced they’ve finalized a gaming agreement. This was a huge hurdle for lawmakers and this groundbreaking agreement paves the way for Connecticut online sports betting to move through the legalization process seamlessly. [CT Online Sports Betting Cleared, March 18]
Gov. Ned Lamont announced in his budget address that he’s working to legalize both sports betting and online gaming. He said he’s working with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to expand upon their current gaming agreements. [Budget Address, Feb. 11]
Connecticut Teams to Bet on
Pro Sports Teams
Connecticut does not have a men's professional sports franchise. The state used to have an NHL team, the Hartford Whalers, but the franchise would move to North Carolina in 1997. Connecticut does field a WNBA franchise, its lone professional sports team.
WNBA Betting in Connecticut
The Connecticut Sun joined the WNBA as an expansion team in 1999, originally as the Orlando Miracle. The franchise would be sold to the Mohegan Indian tribe and relocated to Connecticut in 2003.
The Sun struggled before its rebranding, making the playoffs just once in four seasons. Since then, the franchise has made the playoffs 12 times including three WNBA Finals appearances. They would lose all three. The Sun has made four straight playoff appearances to date under head coach Curt Miller and play its home games at Mohegan Sun Arena.
College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Connecticut
Connecticut Huskies Football
The only Division I FBS football program in Connecticut, the Huskies currently compete as an independent. Originally competing at the FCS level, UConn began the two-year transition in 2000 and would later join the Big East in 2004. They moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
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College Basketball Betting in Connecticut
Connecticut Huskies Men's Basketball
One of the most storied basketball programs of all time, Connecticut is a four-time National Champion with 33 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Huskies have the most Big East regular-season championships — 10 — and last won the NCAA Tournament in 2014, becoming the first-ever No. 7 seed to win the championship. They defeated No. 8 seed Kentucky, 60-54, on the back of star point guard Shabazz Napier's 24 points.
Yale Bulldogs Men's Basketball
Established in 1896, Yale competes in the Ivy League where the program has won seven championships and made five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bulldogs play home games at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Men's Basketball
Central Connecticut State made the transition to the Division I level in 1986 and has competed in the Northeast Conference since 1997. The Blue Devils have made three NCAA Tournament appearances, all first-round exits. Central Connecticut State plays its home games at William H. Detrick Gymnasium.
Hartford Hawks Men's Basketball
The Hartford Hawks secured its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2021, a 60-54 win over UMass Lowell in the America East championship. Since joining the Division I level in 1984, Hartford has largely struggled, never winning a regular-season conference championship. The Hawks are led by 11th-year head coach John Gallagher and play home games at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion.
Fairfield Stags Men's Basketball
Fairfield competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference where they have won three conference tournaments, including two straight in 1986-87. The Stags have never made it out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament, their last appearance coming in 1997. They were up seven at halftime against No. 1 seed North Carolina but fell short of the upset bid, losing by eight. The Stags are led by second-year head coach Jay Young and play home games at Alumni Hall on campus.
Quinnipiac Bobcats Men's Basketball
Since its move to the Division I level in 1998, Quinnipiac has never made the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats did win a regular-season Northeast Conference championship in 2009 but would later fall in the conference tournament finals by two to Robert Morris. The program received a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) bid that season. Quinnipiac transitioned to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013 and is now coached by Baker Dunleavy. The Bobcats play home games at TD Bank Sports Center on campus.
Sacred Heart Pioneers Men's Basketball
Sacred Heart men's basketball joined the Northeast Conference when it made the jump up to Division I in 1999. The Pioneers have yet to make an NCAA Tournament appearance since that transition but did win the 1986 Division II championship. Sacred Heart is coached by Anthony Latina and plays home games at William H. Pitt Center.
Sacred Heart Pioneers Rivalry: vs. Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. This Northeast Conference and in-state rivalry has been dominated by Sacred Heart in recent years. The programs face each other twice a season as conference rivals with the Pioneers sweeping 2021. Despite Sacred Heart on a 12-game win streak over CCSU, the Blue Devils hold the all-time series lead.
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Connecticut NewsSee All
Yes as of Oct. 19, 2021. In May 2021, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed the state’s gaming compact legislation, which opened the door for legal online and retail betting in the state.
The Mashantucket Pequots have partnered with DraftKings and the Mohegans with FanDuel. The state lottery is partnered with Rush Street Interactive, which has branded its sportsbooks under the SugarHouse name.
Bettors may bet on college sports, but not on Connecticut college sports teams (like the UConn Huskies) unless they are playing in a tournament with four or more teams, like the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournaments.
Yes, there are currently five legal DFS operators in Connecticut:
- Jock MKT DFS
- MKF Player Prop Parlays
- Outlast DFS
The bill Gov. Lamont signed in May 2021 enacted the tribal gaming compact and also permitted the Connecticut Lottery to open one online sportsbook and up to 15 retail books. Connecticut’s 2021 sports betting law and accompanying tribal gaming compacts allows three statewide mobile sportsbooks. The Mashantucket Pequots partnered with DraftKings and the Mohegans with FanDuel. The state lottery is partnered with Rush Street Interactive, which has branded its sportsbooks under the SugarHouse name. Retail books will be at 10 Sportech sites in Hartford, Manchester, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and Windsor Locks.
Sports betting or gambling websites that are not regulated by the state of Connecticut are considered illegal. Your money is never secure on offshore sites that are not regulated by a legal entity. Websites like MyBookie and Bovada are common examples of offshore gambling operators.
The tax rate is 13.75%.
You must be at least 21 years old to place a bet in Connecticut.