Connecticut was one of the first states to attempt to legalize sports betting. Now, it’s finally a reality.
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Yes, the state legislature passed a sports betting and Connecticut online casino bill on May 25, 2021. Two days later, Gov. Ned Lamont signed the legislation into law.
Legal CT sports betting has not yet launched. The Department of the Interior must formally approve the amended compact with the tribes and the state is adopting sports betting rules and regulations. State officials expect sports betting to begin by fall, in time for the 2021 NFL season.
Connecticut’s years-long push to legalize sports betting began in 2017, a year before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for all states to legalize sports wagering. A stalemate over who would own exclusive rights to sports betting was finally resolved in 2021, with the state and tribes striking a 10-year agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal nations will be permitted to offer online and in-person sports betting at their Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.
In addition, the Connecticut Lottery shares sports betting rights and can operate online and in-person wagering. The lottery will operate an online platform and up to 15 retail sites, two of which must be in Bridgeport and Hartford. No retail sportsbooks are permitted within 25 miles of Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun casinos.
Bettors must be 21 or over to participate in Connecticut sports wagering. Betting on games involving in-state college teams is prohibited.
As part of the agreement, the tribes agreed to suspend plans to build a new casino in East Windsor.
1986: Mashantucket Pequot Tribe opens Foxwoods as a high-stakes bingo hall. Tribe subsequently adds table games, poker and slots.
1996: Mohegan Sun opens as the state’s second tribal CT casino. Like Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun becomes one of the largest gaming resorts in the U.S.
2017: State lawmakers pass a bill that would allow for sports betting and establish a regulatory structure in the event of legalization by the federal government.
2018: U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, allowing all states the opportunity to legalize single-game sports wagering.
2019: State lawmakers propose legislation authorizing sports betting in Connecticut and other online gambling, but the debate over tribes’ exclusivity to offer gambling slows progress.
2020: Bills that would give the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes the exclusive opportunity to offer sports betting fail to advance.
March 2021: Gov. Ned Lamont announces comprehensive sports betting agreement between the state and the two tribes. The tribes and the Connecticut Lottery will share sports betting rights.
May 2021: Connecticut legalizes sports betting and online casinos as House and Senate vote overwhelmingly to pass an online gambling bill, which is signed into law by Lamont.
Fall 2021: Online and retail sports wagering expected to launch.
The Gaming Division of the Department of Consumer Protection regulates all forms of legalized gambling within Connecticut and the federally recognized tribal nations within the state. The regulation includes compliance, licensing and enforcement of gambling laws and statutes. The Connecticut Lottery is charged with selecting a legal sports betting partner for the state.
Three online skins are permitted to operate in Connecticut, one partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot (DraftKings), another with the Mohegan (Kambi) and a third with the Connecticut Lottery. The lottery is also permitted to operate up to 15 retail sportsbooks.
Among the state’s potential sportsbook operators:
The Chicago-based company has a partnership with Kambi, a leading global provider of online and retail sports betting services to more than 20 sportsbook operators, including Mohegan Sun. BetRivers, which operates sportsbooks in more than a dozen states. The BetRivers betting site was the first online sportsbook to launch in Pennsylvania and operates retail sports betting in New York at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.
Likely to become a player in Connecticut either as a retail provider partnered with the lottery or online/retail through a partnership with Kambi. BetMGM Sportsbook is the online gaming division of MGM Resorts International, offering a wide range of online/retail sportsbooks and casino gaming. Its properties include MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, located only about five miles north from the Connecticut state line.
Global sports betting operator is not as well known in the U.S. but continues to expand and recently added Virginia to its online sports betting operations. Unibet sports betting site is a candidate to enter the Connecticut market through its partnership with the Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania, one of several of the tribe’s gaming properties outside of Connecticut.
One of the most well-known legal online sports betting and daily fantasy operators in North America and among the most dominant. The FanDuel sports betting app is one of the most downloaded and player-friendly in the industry. Likely to enter the Connecticut online betting marketplace as a retail and/or online partner of the state lottery.
The most likely of all sportsbooks to launch to Connecticut through its already-announced partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, owner of Foxwoods Casino. The mobile betting app of Boston-based DraftKings is accessible throughout much of the U.S. and the Northeast, where it’s the exclusive sports betting provider in New Hampshire and a major player in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
|Operator||Potential Path in CT||Notable Partnerships|
|DraftKings||Mashantucket Pequot Tribe||New York Giants, New England Patriots, PGA Tour|
|BetRivers||Kambi||Chicago Bears, Detroit Pistons, Indy Eleven Soccer|
|Unibet||Mohegan Sun Poconos (PA)||Philadelphia Eagles, NBA, NASCAR Stewart-Haas Racing|
|FanDuel||TBD||Washington Football Team, Dallas Cowboys, New Jersey Devils|
|BetMGM||TBD||New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia 76ers|
All Connecticut potential operators hope to launch in fall 2021, when the NFL season starts.
Connecticut doesn’t have a lot of hometown teams to bet on, especially considering wagering is prohibited on college games involving state-based teams, including the UConn women and men’s basketball teams. Still, the state is home to fans of plenty of nearby high-profile pro sports teams. For that reason, there'll be no shortage of options for legal sports betting in Connecticut.
One of the few pro sports teams the state can call its own. The Sun was established in 1999 when the WNBA expanded from 10 to 12 teams, originally based in Orlando, Florida, and purchased in 2003 by the Mohegan Sun, the first Native American tribe to own a pro sports franchise. The Sun, who play their home games at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, have qualified for the WNBA playoffs in 12 of their 18 seasons in Connecticut, but have yet to win a league championship.
The NFL’s New York teams have a significant fan base in Connecticut, especially the Giants, who played their home games at the Yale Bowl in New Haven for two seasons during the 1970s. Unfortunately, the Giants were 1-11 in those Yale Bowl games before moving to Shea Stadium for one season and then opening Giants Stadium in New Jersey in October 1976.
The Patriots, six-time Super Bowl champions and one of the NFL’s winningest franchises, play their home game in Foxboro, Massachusetts, less than 45 miles from Connecticut. The Patriots nearly moved in Hartford in 1998, but the AFC East team eventually worked out a stadium deal in Massachusetts.
It’s hard to write about Red Sox and New York Yankees fans in Connecticut without angering one side or the other. Generally (with plenty of exceptions), the east portion of Connecticut is considered Red Sox country, with Hartford the (very) unofficial dividing line.
The western portion of the state is generally considered to have more New York Yankees fans, especially Stamford, home to a large portion of Connecticut residents who work in New York. The distance from Stamford to Yankee Stadium is only about 35 miles.
It will be interesting to see which sports take in the lion’s share of wagering in Connecticut. While the NFL, Super Bowl and college betting are the most popular betting sports in the U.S., several other sports will be popular options in Connecticut, including pro basketball (men and women’s), MLB (Red Sox and Yankees) and golf.
The state has no live horse racing tracks but is home to many off-track betting locations, many of which are likely to become in-person sportsbook sites.
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More than 80 percent of all sports wagers in the U.S. are placed online, a trend likely to extend to Connecticut. The bulk of those wagers are placed on mobile betting apps, which will be rolled out when online sports betting launches in the state.
Connecticut will have three sports betting apps. The Mashantucket Pequot (Foxwoods) will partner with DraftKings; the Mohegan tribe (Mohegan Sun) with Kambi. The third online operator will be selected by the Connecticut Lottery, which solicited and reviewed bids but has not yet made public its decision.
Each of the apps will be available to use with Android and iOS mobile devices and free to download. The state-of-the-art multi-functional apps provide access to betting lines and sports wagering 24/7.
Aligning state and tribal interests was a major breakthrough after years of difficult negotiations. Reaching consensus was important for Connecticut, which is surrounded by several states that already allow various forms of sports betting and will help keep sports betting tax revenue within the state.
Considered one of the nation’s most affluent states, Connecticut has the potential to be a lucrative sports betting market. Having up to 15 retail locations across the state will make in-person sports betting accessible. But the bulk of sports wagers are made through mobile apps and allowing only three online operators provide Connecticut sports bettors with somewhat limited options.
Connecticut sports betting law requires the tribes and the state lottery to set aside additional money to address problem gambling – $500,000 per year from each of the two tribes and $1 million from the state lottery.
The state allows players to voluntarily enroll in a self-exclusion program and online betting sites will allow Connecticut bettors to set time, wagering and deposit limits. In addition, the state provides resources and access to local and federal problem gambling support groups, such as the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the National Problem Gambling Helpline.
Yes. Online and in-person sports betting are legal in Connecticut but have not yet launched. Sports betting is projected to begin before or during the 2021 NFL season.
State lawmakers approved sports betting in May 2021 and the legislation was signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont. The state’s amended compacts with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes were then submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior for approval.
Anyone 21 or older can participate in sports betting in Connecticut.
No. The only requirement for bettors who have a Connecticut online sports betting account is they be physically located inside the state when placing a wager. Geofencing technology is used to track each bettor’s location.
Yes. Connecticut sports operators will pay a 13.75% tax on sports betting revenues.
"Chet Fussman is a freelance writer for Gambling.com. Fussman is a former horse racing writer and longtime sports editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He's a poker and blackjack player and frequent sports bettor, who plans to send the U.S. Supreme Court a thank-you card for clearing the way for states to adopt sports wagering. Fussman's philosophy: Don't let the bad beats overshadow your winning ones."
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