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Connecticut Sports Betting

Connecticut is shaping up to be the next US state in line to launch online sports betting apps. A “tentative timeline” that the Connecticut Lottery provided to the public says that the state is on track to launch their sports betting apps by September 6, 2021. Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s two tribal casino owners, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe, reached an agreement that ironed out the details of legal online sports betting and retail sports betting in the state. The launch of legal sports betting in the state is huge news to many residents of the Constitution State. All the sports betting news for Connecticut that you need to know to keep you up to date can be found below.

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Connecticut Sports Betting Timeline
April 23, 2021: This was the final day that sports betting operators interested in expanding operations into Connecticut had to present their “qualifications and capabilities” to the Connecticut Lottery.

May 17, 2021: The Connecticut Lottery announced that they will be selecting three sports betting operators to launch legal online sports betting in CT. One app would be launched by the Connecticut Lottery. The other two apps would be launched by the two tribal casino owners, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe. Although not officially announced as of this time, assumed final candidates to be chosen from were BetMGM, BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Unibet.

May 20, 2021: The sports betting and gambling bill was proposed and passed by the CT House by a 122-21 vote.

May 25, 2021: The CT Senate passes the sports betting bill. The bill only has to be signed by the Governor now, who is expected to approve the bill shortly.

May 27, 2021: As many expected, Governor Lamont signed the bill to legalize sports betting in his state. Licensing processes may now begin while the state prepares for its launch.

July 7, 2021: FanDuel, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment announce a partnership for access to the Connecticut sports betting market. Included in the newly formed partnership are iGaming and Daily Fantasy Sports.

July 15, 2021: While FanDuel and DraftKings have already been announced as official partners of the two tribal casinos, the Connecticut Lottery is still negotiating with their selected partner. Although not officially announced, it is assumed that they will be choosing BetMGM, BetRivers, or Unibet.

August 12, 2021: The Connecticut Lottery announces that they have selected BetRivers as their partner. BetRivers becomes the last of three operators to be announced for the state.

Status of Sports Betting in Connecticut
Sports betting in the state of Connecticut is officially legal, but not available to use quite yet. As far as we know, the state is still on track to launch their online apps for sports betting by September 6. The state of Connecticut is looking to launch near the beginning of the NFL regular season, due to the dominance NFL betting possesses over other sports. To launch in time to receive a full season of NFL bets would be a huge win. Factor in the fact that Connecticut borders New York and Massachusetts, two states that are well-known for their passionate football fans, and this would also be a win for would-be bettors of the NFL. Upon its launch, wagering will be offered by way of mobile apps and by way of visiting a physical sportsbook to bet in-person.

Connecticut Sports Betting Apps
As previously mentioned, Connecticut would be selecting three sportsbooks that residents would have access to.

  • BetRivers Sportsbook will be partnering with the Connecticut Lottery
  • DraftKings Sportsbook will be partnering with Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • FanDuel Sportsbook will be partnering with Mohegan Sun

Connecticut may still be finalizing some of the minute details of their legal sports betting launch, but we know these three sportsbooks will be accessible for sure. What should be reassuring to skeptical bettors is that Connecticut will be using three recognizable and trusted names. The only concern that bettors in Connecticut should have upon launch are which of these three great apps they should select.

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Steps to Place a Bet in Connecticut
For some, this process may be straightforward. For others, the process of beginning to place your bets in your new apps is an unfamiliar one. For every step of the process, let’s take a look at how to sign up, place a bet, and win big in the Nutmeg State.

How to Choose Which App is Right for You
This option is important, but not something to stress yourself out with. The state of Connecticut and their three partners for launching legal online sports betting have done a great job of making sure that their sports betting partners are trustworthy and have a positive reputation. Between BetRivers, FanDuel, and DraftKings, you will have three great options to select from. Beyond that, you can nitpick to find the app that has the details you want. Pay attention to things like bonuses offered and how long it takes to receive a payout. You can switch apps at any time, so it’s not a one-time selection.

Signing up for an App
Downloading the app of your choosing is as simple as downloading Instagram or Twitter. Simply use your mobile device’s app store and search for the app you want. When opening the app for the first time, you will be able to sign up. During your initial sign up, if you were provided any bonuses or offered a promo code, this is the time you would enter it. You will see it during your registration.

Before you may proceed forward, you will have to verify your location to prove that you are in the state of Connecticut. This is as simple as opening your settings and finding an option that says, “allow access to location”.

How to Place Your Deposit
This is a basic process that you have likely seen from other purchases made with different apps and websites. There are multiple ways you can deposit and transfer your money. Choose the one that is most convenient for you, enter your information, and it will transfer directly into your account.

How to Place Your Bets
After that short process, you can finally begin placing bets in the state of Connecticut. This is where the real excitement begins. This is your chance to evaluate the lines, choose which ones you would like to wager on, and decide how much money you would like to place on it. Upon making your selection, you will have to make a confirmation before the bet is officially locked in.

Connecticut Teams to Bet On
Connecticut only has two professional sports teams in the state. Those two teams are the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA and the New England Black Wolves, the national lacrosse team. Luckily for you residents of CT, you will be provided even more options to bet on. Due to the small size of the state, residents will also be able to wager on sports teams that are close to them, such as pro sports teams from nearby New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Many people that live in Connecticut have adopted fandom of teams from those states, most notably the Boston sports market, which seemingly engulfs the entire state of Connecticut.

Betting on college sports is where some states have made things tricky. Some states, while they have legalized sports gambling, have placed restrictions on certain aspects of betting on college sports. There are some states that do not allow live betting on college games. Other states have also elected to restrict gambling on in-state college teams. Virginia and New Jersey are examples of this. So far, it does not seem like Connecticut will follow suit, but the possibility of future laws changing that are always out there.

There are states, however, that have elected to allow betting on in-state college teams, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. If Connecticut follows the precedent that these two states, among others, have set, these are some of the schools in NCAA Division I Athletics that you could be able to place a bet on:

  • Central Connecticut State
  • UCONN
  • Fairfield
  • Hartford
  • Quinnipiac
  • Sacred Heart
  • Yale

Outside of team sports, betting on other events such as greyhound and horse racing will be permitted, although that has been legal since 1976.

The future of sports betting in Connecticut looks bright, as residents will have many options on who to bet on and will have their choice of where to place these bets. It’s an exciting time to be a resident of CT, as the sports gambling scene for you is about to skyrocket.

Sports Betting FAQs for Connecticut

Has online sports betting been legalized in Connecticut?
Yes, although it is not available yet. Tentatively, sports betting will be legal in the Constitution State by September 2021.

Is mobile sports betting going to be offered in Connecticut?
Yes, mobile sports betting is going to be available. In the gambling bills that were passed, mobile sports betting was specifically listed.

Are the online sportsbooks apps in Connecticut safe?
Yes, they are absolutely safe for use. Because they are officially licensed and regulated, you can count on Connecticut sports betting to be safe and reliable. The level of security for each online sportsbook has to be high for the safety of their users. This is why they are licensed. Upon launch, you can use BetRivers, DraftKings, and FanDuel with confidence, especially when considering their positive reputation around the country.

Will I need to be a resident of Connecticut to place online bets in the state?
No, you will not need to be a resident of the state. You will, however, have to be the legal betting age of 21 years old. You will also have to be inside of the state lines to place any kind of bet in Connecticut.

What kind of sports can I bet on in Connecticut?
Connecticut will offer plenty of sports for its residents to bet on. Some of the major US sports leagues will be available, such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, WNBA, and more. College sports are also expected to be permitted, but it has not been clarified to what extent that will be.

How old do I have to be to place bets in Connecticut?
To place any bets, you must be at least 21 years old.

Where can I find help for an addiction to sports betting in Connecticut?
CT has multiple online and physical locations as resources for anyone with a gambling addiction. Review our Responsible Gambling section to find more information on resources available to you.

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