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Connecticut Sports Betting

Connecticut Sports Betting Legalization News

Legal sports betting is coming to all the states around Connecticut but so far State-versus Tribes disagreements have prevented meaningful progress.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes of Connecticut assert exclusivity in all forms of gambling based on a 1990s compact with the state. They say sports betting would have been included in that compact, if not for the federal prohibition in place at the time.

Therefore, if the state wants to modernize and expand gambling and introduce Connecticut sports betting, it must go through them. To date, the argument stops there with threats of lawsuits and delays if the state doesn’t comply.

Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

No. Gov. Ted Lamont tried to advance a sports betting agenda and an online lottery in 2019, but those efforts stalled around the arguments of tribal gambling exclusivity. A hearing in early 2020 was meant to kickstart discussions, but did not make much progress. (Read Connecticut legalization updates).

Where can I bet at Connecticut sportsbooks?

Currently, the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard are the main Indian casinos in Connecticut. Because of the stalemate over sports betting, it is not available here or anywhere else in the state.

Many residents commute to New York for work and can wager in that state.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Connecticut?

There is no sports betting and no mobile or online gambling either (other than overseas or offshore operators which the state is trying to cut out of the picture by legalizing it).

What is the legal sports betting age in Connecticut?

The legal age for casino or off-track betting is 21. Its 18 to play the lottery in Connecticut.

Who is allowed to offer Connecticut sports betting?

Presumably, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s gaming division will eventually manage future expansion of sports betting in Connecticut and gambling in general.

Who regulates or licenses Connecticut sports betting?

Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection has a gaming division which oversees gambling. There is also a Connecticut Lottery Corporation, while Sportech operates six ‘Winners’ off-track betting operations in the state. Native groups enjoy exclusive rights to casino gambling.

The last action in Connecticut legislature was Bill SB212 in February 2020.

What sports will be favorites of Connecticut sports bettors?

While Connecticut does not have professional franchises (since the old Hartford Whalers relocated in the NHL), it is smack in the middle of one of the busiest populations in America. Loyalties may be split between Boston area pro franchises and those in New York.

That opens Connecticut sports betting fans to opportunities to wager on the NHL’s Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and a similar array of team in MLB (with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and New York Mets).

In the NFL, always the lynchpin for successful sports betting efforts, that means the New England Patriots, New York Giants and New York Jets. The NBA also sees plenty of choice with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

In college sports, UConn (University of Connecticut) is a perennial force in college basketball in the American Athletic Conference. College basketball sees a pair of Northeast Conference schools (Central Connecticut Blue Devils and Sacred Heart Pioneers) and Ivy League’s Yale Bulldogs in New Haven.

The Hartford Hawks play in the America East Conference while the Fairfield Stags and Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the MAAC.