The 5 Most Popular Sports Teams for Connecticut Fans to Start Betting on

The 5 Most Popular Sports Teams for Connecticut Fans to Start Betting on
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Legal Connecticut sports betting sites just went live on Tuesday Oct. 19, following a seven-day soft launch, that started on Tuesday.

Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun opened their retail sportsbooks on Sept. 30 without any issues and the online sports betting soft launch started off smoothly, according to a state spokesperson.

With that being the case, you’ll soon be able to bet on your favorite teams and more at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Moheagan Sun partners and with FanDuel Sportsbook, the Foxwood partner and SugarHouse Sportsbook, the partner of the state lottery.

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One thing to note is that there are rules regarding college sports. You can bet on college teams, but not those based in Connecticut. Therefore, you won’t be able to bet on the UConn Huskies or Sacred Heart’s ice hockey team, for example. The only exception is if those teams are in bracketed tournaments, including the NCAA basketball tournament. So when March Madness arrives, take the Huskies if you want.

With that said, here are five teams on which Connecticut bettors could be interested in placing some wagers.

New England Patriots

It’s not always cool to root for the Patriots. However, they’re part of the New England collective. After winning their last Super Bowl in 2019, the Patriots have rebuilt and are now led by rookie quarterback Mac Jones. With Connecticut online sports betting set to go live before NFL Week 7, it will certainly be worth checking out the odds for the Patriots.

New York Knicks

The Knicks are always a value bet. And with basketball being popular in the region, they always attract a strong following. This makes the games exciting, even if the results don’t always go their way. For any Connecticut sports bettor looking for value, the Knicks are worth considering.

Boston Bruins

When the Hartford Whalers lost their place in the NHL, Connecticut hockey fans turned to New York’s finest. However, in recent years, the Bruins have become local favorites. The Boston franchise has been a force in the Eastern Conference for many seasons now. This alone makes them an attractive proposition for any sports bettor.

New York Yankees

Within an hour or so, Connecticut baseball fans can be outside Yankee Stadium watching some of the best in the country do their thing. Although the Yankees haven’t won the World Series since 2009, they remain one of the biggest names in baseball, which is why they’re local favorites.

Boston Red Sox

If you’re not a Yankees fan and live in Connecticut, you probably support the Red Sox. Boston’s best batters and pitchers have been winning games at Fenway Park since 1912 and continue to cause problems for teams across the country. The 2018 World Series win was the Red Sox’s last major victory, but it probably won’t be the last.

 

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When Can Connecticut Fans Bet on Their Favorites?

You can start betting online from Oct. 19. As long as you’re at least 21 years old in Connecticut at the time of betting, and complete the identity checks, you can use DraftKings CT, FanDuel CT, or PlaySugarHouse Sports CT to bet on the above teams and more.

There’s a reason we haven’t talked about the hometown heroines and WNBA stars, Connecticut Sun. It’s because the women’s basketball team is owned by Mohegan Sun. Therefore, to ensure fair play, Connecticut online gambling laws mean you’re not allowed to bet on WNBA games from inside the state. This could change in the future. However, for now, you’ll have to focus on some of Connecticut’s other favorite sports teams.

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