Connecticut Betting Laws

Connecticut has been on the brink of live and legal sports betting since the day the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018. But the wait goes on…

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.

If lawmakers can finally get their act together and roll out sports betting in 2021, many bettors will be happy.

Is sports betting legal in Connecticut?

Yes, sports betting has technically been legal in Connecticut since 2018. The problem is, there’s no way to actually bet yet.

It does appear that things are moving on though, with a bill introduced in early 2021 which would 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.

While there is no accurate timeline yet for the plan being finalized, agreed and rolled out, football season in September 2021 is a pretty good line in the sand.

Until then, you can look across state lines if you want to bet legally on sports.

Legal sports betting near Connecticut

As we’ve already said, legal sports betting is not yet live in Connecticut. In the meantime though you can bet if you’re willing to travel to nearby states which allow wagering.

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? Pretty tempting. But not so fast. While sports betting is legal in NY, you can only do it on-site at a few upstate casinos. That is expected to change soon, with online/mobile on the agenda. The legal age to bet is 21.

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. Our state-by-state guides will always provide you with the important detail.