Disclaimer: DraftKings Sportsbook has yet to launch in Connecticut. This review is of expected bonuses and promotions and will be updated when DraftKings is live in CT.
Legal sports betting is on the way to Connecticut, and DraftKings has an avenue to join the market courtesy of a partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which operates Foxwoods Resort Casino. With a range of wagering options, a quality app and a large welcome bonus, DraftKings has a variety of things to interest potential customers.
This page will cover the key aspects of the online sportsbook, including what you can bet on, how to sign up and download the app, and the various DraftKings bonuses, including how to claim a welcome offer for up to $1,050.
DraftKings offers a two-part welcome bonus of up to $1,050. Here are the details:
|Connecticut Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportbook|
|DraftKings Connecticut Promo Code||None - Use Links|
|Free Bet||$50 with Deposit|
|Deposit Match||20% up to $1,000|
|Online Since||2021 in Connecticut|
|Last Updated||July 2021|
DraftKings welcomes its new customers from Connecticut with two sign-up offers. For starters, when you make a deposit, you can receive a $50 free bet. Additionally, DraftKings will match that first deposit at a rate of 20% up to $1,000. Here are the primary requirements:
Overall, DraftKings’ welcome bonus is solid. While the overall potential amount is large, the 25x wagering requirement is not ideal, and neither is the 20% match percentage.
Yes. DraftKings has a track record of reputability in the US, including its success in the DFS industry. What’s more, to operate in the state, DraftKings had to pass muster with the Connecticut Gaming Division, which imposes a strict set of regulations on every betting site in the state. Among other things, you must be 21 or older and located within state lines to sign up at and use DraftKings or any other online sportsbook.
To get rolling with DraftKings, head to the sportsbook’s website and register for an account. During the sign-up process, you’ll need to provide some basic information about your identity and whereabouts in addition to the login credentials:
In some instances, DraftKings requires its users to go through additional identity checks after signing up, in which case you’ll need to submit a digital copy of your ID/passport/driver’s license.
The easiest way to find DraftKings’ iOS and Android apps is by going directly to the dedicated section of the sportsbook website. Scroll down to the bottom of the site, and look for the link labeled “Sportsbook Mobile App.” Once you open it, you’ll see the download links for both types of operating systems.
DraftKings offers a variety of benefits to its current customers. At any given time, you may run into one of the following ongoing promos:
Here are some of the key areas where DraftKings excels:
While DraftKings is a strong option for Connecticut bettors, it also has a couple of areas where we’d like to see it improve:
Once you open the betting lounge, you’ll come across multiple wagering possibilities for a wide variety of sports. The usual suspects — moneylines, spreads, and totals — are all in the mix, and so are multi-bets, side wagers, and a variety of in-play options. To understand the depth of DraftKings’ betting program, let’s choose an NBA Eastern Conference clash between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.
|Point Spread||Total Points||Moneyline|
|New York Knicks||-3.5 (-107)||Over 212 (-112)||-125|
|Boston Celtics||+3.5 (-114)||Under 212 (-109)||+135|
The Celtics have positive moneyline odds, meaning they’re the underdogs in this contest. It also means that a payout on the winning moneyline bet on the Celts will be more than the amount you wagered. To be precise, if you place a $100 moneyline bet on the Celtics, and they beat the Knicks straight up, you’d win $135 plus your $100 bet back for a total of $235.
The odds on the Knicks are negative and indicate the amount you would need to stake to win $100. Consequently, you’d need to place a $125 bet to win $100 if correct, along with getting your bet back for a total potential payout of $225.
Winning a point spread bet depends on the side you are betting on. If you place a point spread wager on the favorite — in this case, the Knicks at -3.5 — that team would have to win by more than the spread number. In this case, the knicks would need to win by four or more points.
Being the underdog, the Celtics can either lose by fewer than four points or win the game by any amount to cover the spread. For example, if you bet on the Celtics, and the final score was 112-110 Knicks, you’d win because Boston would have stayed within the spread range despite losing the game.
With totals, aka over/under bets, your aim is to correctly predict whether the cumulative score of both teams will be lower or higher than the sportsbook’s line. Points differential, halftime result — none of that stuff matters. It doesn’t even matter which team wins the game. It’s only important that you accurately forecast the total amount of points in the contest. In our example, if you bet the under and the final score was 110-100 (for a total of 210), you’d win your bet.
Unlike the previous three types of wagers, proposition bets or props generally don’t depend on the game’s final score but rather are wagers on a specific occurrence (or non-occurrence) within the contest. You can place prop bets on specific aspects of a game, team or individual player performance — points, assists and rebounds of an NBA player, which team will score the first run in an MLB game, and so forth.
With the conventional single bets on individual game outcomes, you can’t win big unless you stake large amounts of money. This is because the associated odds aren’t that lucrative — even if you’re betting on the underdogs and longshots.
If you want a shot at a large win on a relatively small wager, you might want to consider futures. These wagers pertain to season-long events — for example, Super Bowl winners, NBA Finals winners and Grand Slam winners in tennis, and odds will appear months in advance in many cases. DraftKings also offers player-award futures for a variety of sports. In the NFL, for instance, you can bet on a player’s total passing/receiving/rushing yards for the regular season.
As you can imagine, futures bets have an increased risk, especially if you bet early, but you can win quite a lot if you end up being right.
The same holds true for parlays, which merge multiple wagers into one ticket. The tricky part here is that all the picks from your parlay must be correct for you to win. If you get just one wrong, you win nothing.
In recent years, live betting has become an integral part of the US sports betting experience. This form of wagering allows you to get some money down on the action after the start of the game. As the game unfolds in real time, you’ll be able to choose from a whole slew of bets, from moneylines with ever-fluctuating odds to various prop-style wagers.
Yes, DraftKings’ betting portfolio encompasses many options across the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL. The sportsbook also has bets for the WNBA and NCAA, which means you can back the local Connecticut Sun or put a few bucks down on the UConn Huskies. For betting on the New England Patriots, in addition to all the wagers above, you’ll also have the following options:
You can load up your DraftKings account in many ways, though you’ll have fewer options for withdrawals. The current selection of deposit methods includes:
These payment options come with a $5 minimum and instant processing time except wire transfers, which take one to two days to process and have a $100 minimum deposit. To make a withdrawal, you can use either receive a check in the mail with a $1 minimum or use PayPal, with a $15 minimum.
You can get immediate assistance via a live chat service that is available 24/7, which you can access via the help section. You can also email the support representatives at [email protected] and get your solution in written form. The FAQ section also may have the answers you need.
By clicking on the RG logo in the top right corner of the page, you’ll head to the sportsbook’s responsible gambling page. From there, you can set up deposit, wagering and time limits to control the amount of time and money you spend on the site. If these tools aren’t enough, and you are still betting more than you can afford, you can sign up with the self-exclusion program. This will ban you from the site effective immediately for a period of your choice or forever.
Yes, DraftKings partnered with Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation for market access in Connecticut. This means that you’ll likely be able to place in-person bets at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
It’s undoubtedly among the top choices. Despite a few shortcomings, DraftKings is an exceptional all-around betting platform that provides tremendous promotional value through sign-up bonuses, promotions for existing customers and VIP perks. It also offers a few creative wagers in the props department and boasts a first-rate app experience.