Legal sports betting in Connecticut is now live.
With the federal government approving the amended tribal compacts in early September 2021, and with General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approving emergency regulations for regulated wagering just a few weeks earlier, the Nutmeg State was able to launch legal sports wagering in September 2021.
Currently, bettors can place legal wagers at retail sportsbooks at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. DraftKings runs the sportsbook at FoxWoods, with FanDuel running sports betting operations at Mohegan Sun.
These brands also launched sports betting apps in CT on Oct. 19, 2021.
In addition to these sportsbooks, the Connecticut Lottery launched retail and online sports betting via the PlaySugarHouse brand. The Lottery will have 15 retail betting locations throughout the state.
Last updated: Oct. 19, 2021
After a week-long soft launch period, the Dept. of Consumer Protection gave DraftKings, FanDuel, and SugarHouse the green light to launch their online sports betting and online casino products in the state.
Only DraftKings (DraftKings Casino) and FanDuel (Mohegan Sun Casino) were permitted to launch online casino products, which can either be accessed via the sportsbook’s app or through a separate app.
Currently, new users on FanDuel Sportsbook CT can get an up to $1,000 risk-free bet. New users on Mohegan Sun Casino can get their first 24 hours of play risk-free up to $1,000. And SugarHouse Sportsbook CT new players can expect to receive an up to $250 sign up bonus.
Gambling in Connecticut is split between two entities: tribal casinos and the Connecticut Lottery. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation operates Foxwoods Casino, while The Mohegan Tribe operates Mohegan Sun Casino.
The two tribes have exclusivity over casino gambling in the state. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery handles draw games, scratch-offs, and Keno.
All three groups will be involved in Connecticut sports betting. Each entity gets a license to operate an online betting app. The casinos can also build a retail sportsbook on property.
The Lottery also gets licenses to run 15 retail sportsbook locations around the state.
The tax rate for sports betting will be 13.75% on revenue.
Online sportsbooks launched in the state to the general public on Oct. 19, 2021.
DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse all launched on the same day.
There are only three sportsbook brands in Connecticut, at least to start. Those are DraftKings, FanDuel, and PlaySugarHouse run by Rush Street Gaming and the Connecticut Lottery
The December deal between the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods described the partnership as “multi-channel” since it includes both sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS).
Given DraftKings Sportsbook is based out of Boston, it is no surprise the company prioritized getting into neighboring Connecticut. Foxwoods has long been a destination for Boston gamblers, so the partnership is a natural fit.
In July 2021, Mohegan Sun surprised the industry by moving on from its strategic partnership with Kambi and instead partnered with FanDuel for Connecticut sports betting.
It is not surprising FanDuel found a way into the space given they are one of the two biggest brands in US sports betting.
The Lottery announced it will work to develop the state’s third betting app with Rush Street Gaming. The brand is best known for its BetRivers sportsbook and online casino apps, but that brand will be out of play for this market. The law stipulates the Lottery brand cannot bear the name of a land-based casino. Therefore, the online betting app is under the PlaySugarHouse name.
There are limits to wagering on collegiate sports in Connecticut, specifically when it comes to betting on local teams. According to state regulations, you can bet on Connecticut college teams only when the local team is participating in an intercollegiate tournament.
The tournament involving a Connecticut team must involve four or more teams for it to be eligible for wagering.
In addition to this, the wager must be based on the outcome of all games in the tournament. For example, you can wager on a CT team to win the entirety of March Madness, but can’t wager on the individual games local teams play within that tournament.