Connecticut Lottery, SugarHouse Sportsbook Start Taking In-Person Wagers At Sports Haven

Written By Derek Helling on October 25, 2021

The Connecticut Lottery‘s sports betting operations just took another step forward. On Monday, Oct. 25, the first retail SugarHouse Connecticut Sportsbook will start accepting wagers from eligible bettors.

The site of the brick-and-mortar sportsbook is Sports Haven in New Haven. It won’t be the only place to put down bets in person under the banner of the two gambling companies for long, though.

SugarHouse Connecticut sportsbook opens at Sports Haven

According to a press release, the sportsbook will start taking bets from CT residents and visitors after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday at 2 p.m. ET then stay open through the beginning of the second half of the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks game. Sports Haven is located on Wharf Dr in New Haven. Sports Haven’s website says the establishment’s hours are:

  • Mondays – Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

After Monday, Oct. 25, the sportsbook will be available during the same hours as the rest of the facility. The location offers over 20 self-service kiosks and one betting window on-site.

You must be at least 21 years of age to sports bet in Connecticut. You’ll find all the same odds and markets at the betting windows in Sports Haven as you will on SugarHouse’s CT website. Currently, SugarHouse does not have live Android or iOS apps available for use in CT.

Regardless, New Haven residents now have options for how to bet with SugarHouse. They won’t be the only people who have such options right within their city limits for more than a few days, though, it seems.

More locations coming soon around CT

The same release says that books at Bobby V’s in both Stamford and Windsor Locks should open “in the coming days.” The Winners website identifies Tuesday, Oct. 26 as the first day for Windsor Locks and Wednesday, Oct. 27 as the opening date for Stamford. Bobby V’s and Sports Haven share common management, under the Sportech brand.

The CT Lottery and SugarHouse will handle the sports betting activity at each location, however. Thus, the odds and markets at each location will be identical. In addition to the aforementioned cities, Sportech also plans to offer in-person wagering in:

  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Milford
  • New Britain
  • Norwalk
  • Torrington
  • Waterbury

Foxwoods Casino by Mashantucket is home to a retail DraftKings Sportsbook and the Mohegan Sun Casino near Uncasville has a brick-and-mortar FanDuel Sportsbook. Both of those spots have been open in temporary accommodations since Sept. 30.

When the Lottery’s full complement is up and running, that will bring the number of retail sportsbooks in CT to 17. That could happen soon, though, as the launch of this first spot seems to be the start of a cavalcade of similar openings around CT.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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