Connecticut took a while to get involved in betting where the real money is at – online via mobile apps – but now it is fully open for business since October 2021.
While it doesn’t have a huge population (estimated 3.7million in 2020), Connecticut is a relatively wealthy locale, indicating that it could still produce a good-sized betting handle.
There may not be any elite sporting teams locally – not since the Hartford Whalers decamped to Carolina in 1997 – but CT has sports-mad Massachusetts and New York right nextdoor.
Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?
Sports betting had been technically legal in Connecticut since 2018 – the only problem was, there was no way to actually place a bet.
That changed when a bill was introduced in early 2021 to allow the state’s two tribes to effectively take control of running sportsbooks. The bill also would allow for Connecticut’s state lottery to offer online services.
Things finally opened up in October 2021, with three mobile operators offering services.
How can I bet online in Connecticut?
Pretty easy really – you just need to be within state lines and over the age of 21 when you place your bets.
If those two things apply to you, you currently have three choices for online betting – just register for an account and sign up. They offer pretty sweet signup bonuses too:
Legal sports betting near Connecticut
Remember, the ability to bet on sports is about location not residency.
So if you travel out of state and still want to wager, you’ll need locales where it’s legal.
For now, your best local options are as follows:
Rhode Island: The legislature initially included only land-based sites, but now online and mobile options are available in RI. The legal age to bet on sports in Rhode Island is 18.
New York: A weekend in Manhattan partying and watching sports/betting? Mana from heaven. And since January 2022 you can bet online and mobile in the Big Apple with six different sportsbooks. There are also upstate retail sportsbooks at casinos, but they hold significantly less appeal.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Connecticut?
Offshore sportsbooks are not legal in the state of Connecticut – or in fact any other state in the union.
These sportsbooks have no license to operate in the United States, so anybody who bets with them has no consumer protection.
Our advice? Stay away from them and concentrate on safer and legal options in the United States. Always.