Connecticut relaxed its gambling laws in October 2021 with both online and land-based sports betting available throughout the state.
The choice for those who want sports betting from the comfort of their own sitting room, or while they are on the move, involves several sportsbooks operating online, offering a range of incentives for bettors who sign up. In-house sports betting is also on offer at several land-based casinos, with horse race betting, a state lottery, and Daily Fantasy Sports, DFS, also available.
There has been a slight setback to the growth of sports betting in Connecticut with the recent opening up of gambling in the neighboring state of New York seeing a slowdown in the Nutmeg State, the reduction especially evident on the south west border. The need to head into Connecticut to gamble ended for New Yorkers when online betting opened up in their own state, with New York’s gain clearly being Connecticut’s loss.
Sports betting is legal with online and offline options; among sportsbooks offering online gambling are DraftKings and FanDuel.
There are no horse racing tracks in the state but there are off-course betting terminals up and down Connecticut. There is also advance-deposit wagering offered by the likes of TwinSpires and BetAmerica allowing bettors to place wagers on their mobile devices or laptops.
Connecticut has taken the step of legalizing online casinos back in 2021. In Connecticut, various apps offer a range of online slots and other casino games. Among the top choices for these online casino experiences are BetMGM Casino and Caesars Palace Online, providing players with a variety of gaming options.
Online Poker in Connecticut
Online poker is a gray area legally in Connecticut, with the game legal but not yet widely available. You can play through offshore sportsbooks, with many sites accepting residents of the state, but players use them without any consumer protection – this means there is no guarantee that winning bets will be paid out.
The state lottery has been running since 1972 and is open to people aged 18 or over with a number of retail facilities selling tickets. There is currently no legislation in place for online ticket sales.
DFS events are open to state residents, with tournaments operated by the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel accepting Connecticut entries.
Connecticut Online Gambling FAQs:
Is it legal to gamble online in Constitution State?
Partly yes, Connecticut legalized online casinos as well as sports betting in 2021, though online poker remains not regulated.
Is Online gambling legal in CT?
Partly yes, sports betting, both live and online is legal in Connecticut, while online and mobile app casino and poker games are not legal.
Who regulates or licences Connecticut gambling industry?
Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection has a gaming division, which oversees gambling.
What is the minimum age to gamble in CT?
Both online and land-based sports betting is legal in the state with an age limit of 21 for most sports betting; the lottery and DFS games are open to those aged 18 or over.
What sports can I bet on in CT?
You are able to bet on all the local professional sports teams. Sportsbooks offer point spreads and much more on NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA Tour, pro tennis, Premier League soccer and more
Can I bet on college sports in CT?
You are not able to bet on college sports in Connecticut, with the exception of bracketed events such as March Madness.
Where can I get help with problem gambling in CT?
If gambling is becoming a problem for you, or if you think a friend or relative is struggling to cope with their gambling habits, you can find help from a variety of sources in the state. Connecticut – National Council on Problem Gambling (ncpgambling.org).