Connecticut Sports Betting Laws
Sports betting is not happening in Connecticut – yet. But it has been legalized, and complicated negotiations are under way with local tribes, who run the casinos in the state. There is widespread optimism that Connecticut sports betting will become a reality some time in 2021.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in Connecticut?
Yes, Connecticut sports betting has been legal for some time. But no sportsbooks have been allowed to operate yet.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Connecticut?
No, Connecticut online sports betting is not a reality yet. There are hopes it will be in the near future.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in Connecticut?
Although nothing is confirmed, the likelihood is that you will need to be 21 to place a bet when Connecticut sports betting begins.
Connecticut passed a bill opening the door to sports betting in 2017 – a year before the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was declared unconstitutional.
However, unlike several other states where sports betting started very quickly in the wake of PASPA being struck down, Connecticut has yet to see its first wager struck.
At the heart of the delay is a dispute between the state and the two native tribes who run the two gigantic casino operations – the Foxwood Resort and the Mohegan Sun – located in Connecticut.
However, it appears that 2021 may be the year in which the obstacles are finally removed.
In March 2021, state governor Ned Lamont announced an agreement between the state and the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, operators of the two casinos in the state (Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun).
Under the agreement, operators’ sports betting revenue will be taxed at 13.75 per cent. Online skins will be awarded to the Connecticut Lottery, the Mohegan (together with its official online partner Kambi) and the Mashantucket Pequot (with its partner DraftKings).
The state lottery will be able to operate 15 retail sports betting locations, as well as its online sportsbook. And new retail locations will be constructed in Hartford and Bridgeport.
With these agreements in place, Connecticut still has a couple of steps to complete before sports wagering in the state may begin. The federal government must approve updated compacts between the state and the tribes, and the state legislature has to approve the changes as well.
Governor Lamont is banking on Connecticut sports betting and igaming being legalized in 2021. He included $47 million in revenue from both in his budget for 2022.
Until Connecticut sports betting begins, residents have a choice of neighboring states that host betting locations, including New York and Rhode Island.
Yes, it is safe to presume they will. The IRS views proceeds from any form of gambling, including sports betting, as taxable income.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been legal and available in Connecticut since 2017. Operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings have to pay an annual registration fee of $15,000, or 10 per cent of the revenue generated from players. Players’ winnings are also subject to a 10 percent tax.
Even though there are no top-level pro teams in the state, Connecticut DFS fans enjoy games around football, basketball, and soccer.
There’s also massive interest in college sports. Connecticut is home to Yale University, whose Bulldogs football team have won 27 national titles.
Connecticut is located in New England, so of course the big team here are the Patriots, the winners of six Super Bowls since the turn of the century. The Pats would be sure to attract plenty of Connecticut sports betting interest, and NFL is popular with bettors coast to coast.
Even with no Connecticut sports betting taking place yet, the presence of two casinos in the Constitution State means the need to encourage responsible gambling is fully recognized here.
For most people, sports betting is a enjoyable leisure activity. However, for a tiny minority, it can lead to financial and emotional issues for them and their families.
It’s encouraging to see that, when sports betting does begin in Connecticut, the support services will be in place for anyone who needs them:
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling offers support and referral assistance, as well as carrying out research on problem gambling.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides a network of recovery services, as well as access to online training.
The National Council on Problem Gambling has local resources in the state, while also offering access to a national helpline.
Public Act 17-209 is the law that sets out to legalize sports betting in Connecticut.
PASPA is struck down by the Supreme Court – but the framework for sports betting in Connecticut is not yet in place.
The state legislative session passes without any reference to sports betting.
Two sports betting packages are submitted but do not progress through the legislature.
An agreement is reached between the state and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes. This sets the stage for Connecticut sports betting to launch before the end of the year.
Connecticut has not yet cleared the way for sports betting to begin. When it does, the state lottery will be able to operate 15 retail locations where you will be able to bet, and new retail locations may also be constructed in Hartford and Bridgeport. In addition, online skins will be awarded to the Connecticut Lottery, the Mohegan (together with its official online partner Kambi) and the Mashantucket Pequot (with its partner DraftKings).
No, Connecticut online betting is not yet allowed, but is expected to be offered soon following an agreement between the state and the two tribes that are its main gaming operators. Under the terms of the agreement, both tribes and the state lottery will be allowed to offer online sports betting.
As things stand, there is nowhere in CT that allows Connecticut sports betting. If you want a bet on sports, you have to go to a neighboring state where it is allowed.
Yes and no. Connecticut sports betting has been legalized, but the framework has not been put in place to allow betting on retail premises or on digital devices. It is believed that the state will take the step to open sports betting premises – and possibly online sports betting too – before the end of 2021.
FanDuel is one of the major providers of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) services across the US, and DFS is allowed in Connecticut. In recent years, FanDuel has expanded its offering to include a sportsbook service but, until sports betting licenses are issued in the state, it is not able to take sports bets there.