Connecticut

Online sports betting is currently illegal in Connecticut; however, State Legislators successfully passed a bill in 2017 that requires the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to take up new regulations if Federal and State laws allow for sports betting in Connecticut.

A later 2018 bill (following the U.S Supreme court decision ruling for sports betting state’s rights) is under consideration with a strong possibility to pass with the State’s Legislators mostly in agreement, and the state’s casinos are generally supportive of the plan.

As in many other states, the payment of an integrity fee to the professional sports leagues first needs to be negotiated before the topic is re-introduced to the State House in the 2019 legislative season.

Watch this space for news on the future of Colorado sports betting (land-based and online) as it unfolds.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

While legal sports betting and online poker and casinos are still under administrative and legislative debate in Connecticut, the state has an abundance of betting options to choose from until legal sports betting is introduced.

DFS, Horse Racing, Charitable Gaming, a State Lottery (both land-based and online), Casinos and a big and popular poker scene are all available for residents and visitors to the State of Connecticut.

Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
No (Coming Soon)
No
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
No (Coming Soon)
No
Poker
Yes
Yes (Within Casino Grounds Only)
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
Yes
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

Connecticut Sports Betting Tax Rates

The gambling tax rate in the state of Connecticut is 6.99%.

Large gambling wins in Connecticut over $1200 may be subject to an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney for full details if you have a big win.

Sports Betting Age VS Gambling Age in Connecticut

Connecticut sits firmly in the ‘Goldilocks’ normal zone for many states in terms of its minimum age requirements for legal betting options; a 21 years-of-age requirement to bet in the State’s Casinos, and 18 years-of-age for all other wagering types.

Gambling Type
Age
Casinos
19
DFS
18
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18

Betting on Sports in Connecticut

Legal sports betting in Connecticut will begin sooner rather than later, (possibly in early 2019), as one of the first of a group of forward-thinking states following the U.S. Supreme Court striking down PASPA (the Federal Act banning nationwide sports betting) in May 2018.

The legality of online sports betting in Connecticut rests in the hands of its state legislators. Connecticut’s law has directed its regulators to adopt a range of broad sweeping sports betting regulations, however, to date, it has not occurred. Regulators may need more legislation to assist in legalizing sports betting due to the state of Connecticut’s rather complex web of commercial and tribal casino legislation. Legislators are anticipated to revisit the sports betting legalization upon the opening of the next session of the State Legislature. As a result, any attempt to predict is outcome is pure conjecture.

That being said, it is expected that sports betting will firstly become legal and available through the state’s approved and licensed land-based and tribal casinos in the first instance.

Connecticut Online Sports Betting Laws

Sports Betting Online is currently unavailable in Connecticut. The State’s lawmakers will determine shortly which forms of sports betting are permitted and how/where those wagers can be placed.

However, Connecticut State officials and some Tribal Casinos have displayed an increased appetite to consider expansion to both online gambling and online casinos in the very near future. In fact, some Tribal Casinos, (including one of the super-casinos) have already invested millions in adopting and developing interactive gaming platforms in readiness for when the switch occurs.

In the meantime, online Horse Racing Betting and DFS sites are all open and available to accept online players from the state of Connecticut.

Online Fantasy Sports in Connecticut

U.S. Federal legislation has long exempted Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) from Federal jurisdiction on gambling. At a Federal level, DFS has been legally assessed to be considered a contest of skill, not a gambling game of chance.

In October 2017, Connecticut Governor Dan Molloy signed off on the legalization of DFS in the state. The act took effect on October 31 2017, however, due to unresolved issues between the State and the Tribal Casinos on tax revenue, the bill is not expected to be passed into law in Connecticut until at least July 1 2019.

Meanwhile, all of the major DFS sites are continuing to operate and to hold real money contests in the state of Connecticut.

eSports Online Betting Laws

Despite Connecticut being extremely open-minded in introducing an official interscholastic eSports program into their state school system (the first state in the U.S. to do so), the state is yet open their arms to betting on eSports. It’s anticipated that eSports betting will be introduced once the Connecticut State Legislature rules on the legalization of sports betting.

What are eSports?

If you’re not aware, eSports is the short name for electronic sports. Simply put, it’s video game play at the highest level. eSports are usually played in a team format in leagues and tournaments worldwide, rather than on an individual level. Along with the vast growth of many video game developers, many firms have funded and launched their own competitions for players.

As game streaming platforms have also emerged and the technology has improved immeasurably, it has helped turn these competitions into global events.

High-profile games such as CS:GO, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty and Rocket League have their own leagues, tournaments and competitions. eSports Tournaments held in huge 50000 plus seater stadiums are now sold out in minutes.

With the enormous boom in popularity of the Professional Gaming tournaments, eSports wagering grows in popularity each and every year. A number of international sportsbooks now offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments.

Once sports betting is legalized in the state, look for eSports betting at your favorite Connecticut sportsbook.

Horse Racing in Connecticut

Connecticut no longer has any live horse racing or live greyhound racing options. Simulcasting of national U.S. and international racing events has replaced live racing in Connecticut. CT off track betting is highly evolved and many options to place wagers on horse and greyhound racing and Jai Alai are available.

Trackside Betting/ Off Track Betting (OTB) in Connecticut

Without any functioning horse or dog racing tracks in the state, Connecticut has a highly evolved Off-Track Betting (OTB) scene. There are dozens of OTB’s widespread throughout the state and live simulcast betting is available on all U.S. and international races at all Connecticut casinos.

Online Horse Racing

Online racebooks are quickly becoming the number one option of choice for horse betting in Connecticut, and most of the websites are simple to access and easy-to-use. All of the available sites feature races at top tracks across the U.S. and internationally.

The latest horse betting odds are always posted and all of the standard horse bet types are accepted. You will also be able to redeem special horse bet rebates and bonuses for more wagering opportunities.

Connecticut residents over the age of 18, who can’t physically get to one of the state’s many OTB’s or are simply too busy, can simply conveniently place their wagers for all the big races like the Kentucky Derby or the Triple Crown on their PC or mobile device, without having to leave the comfort of their own home.

Visit our Connecticut Gambling page for More information on the state’s online casino and other gambling Laws

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