Top 10 Questions about the CT Online Gambling Launch Answered
Sports betting was expected to go live in Connecticut on October 7, but was delayed until October 19, 2021. Now, we can finally place our first bets in the state. With some confusion arising in recent weeks, here are 10 of your most-asked questions, answered.
1. When was the sports betting soft launch?
In a media release, the Department of Consumer Protection said it had notified the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe they can begin a seven-day soft launch period for online wagering on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. ET. This was capped at 750 bettors and limited when it came to betting options. After a 7-day period, the official launch went live on Tuesday, Oct 19 at 6 a.m. ET. Fanduel was among the first to offer promos and betting options to those in the Nutmeg state.
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2. Which online betting sites will go live first?
SugarHouse, DraftKings and FanDuel. DraftKings agreed to a sports betting partnership with Foxwoods, which is already allowing bets to be placed at a temporary sportsbook.
3. When exactly can I start betting online in CT? (Which bets will count?)
Betting in Connecticut has already begun, both in live casinos and online. This includes wagering on the new NFL season along with basketball, ice hockey and baseball. The only live locations to bet from right now are Foxwoods Resorts Casino or Mohegan Sun.
4. When did online betting begin?
Rush Street Interactive has partnered with the Connecticut Lottery and will use the PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook for online betting. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have partnered with DraftKings and Fanduel, respectively. Since all went well during the seven-day soft launch using a few Connecticut sportsbooks, the official launch happened on Oct. 19.
5. Which payment methods can I use to bet online from CT?
FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings and PlaySugarHouse offer a variety of payment methods for making deposits and withdrawals. Most major credit cards like VISA and Mastercard will be accepted. E-wallet options, like PayPal, will work better for fee-free transactions, but the jury is still out on whether these will be available for online betting transactions.
6. Can I download any betting apps?
You should be able to download and bet with the DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and PlaySugarHouse apps the day the launch is announced. This means you can then access those apps to place future bets; this should ensure a smooth experience.
7. Which sports are legal and which ones are excluded?
All professional sports will be legal. Like some other states, Connecticut doesn’t allow wagers on any in-state sporting events. The one exception is bracketed competitions. That means that events such as March Madness will be legal, making it fair game for Connecticut bettors.
8. How many bet types can I expect to find?
There are lots of different ways to bet on U.S. sports. You can expect to bet on the spread, totals and moneyline when it comes to NFL betting, plus there are also likely to be props available. You should enjoy parlay wagers so you can have multi-part bets on the action and you might even find parlay cards and teaser cards.
9. What other online gambling options are expected to become available other than sports betting?
Considering a lot of the Connecticut gambling deals are being formed with casinos, you can expect online casino to become available and that means enjoying table games such as roulette and blackjack along with online slots. You should also look out for daily fantasy sports along with the lottery games that tend to prove popular. Customers generally can use a one-wallet account to play across different products.
10. Are live dealer casino games also on the table?
Yes, we anticipate that live dealer casinos will become part of the product offering for Connecticut customers. This means logging into your betting account and wagering on casino games being live-streamed from a land-based casino, most likely somewhere in Connecticut. It can be a thrilling experience to enjoy all the highs and lows of casino action without having to visit a brick-and-mortar establishment.
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