Is Sports Betting Legal in Connecticut?

Connecticut is a small state, one without many professional sport franchises. But it’s also a wealthy state. Residents of Connecticut have some of the highest-average incomes in the United States. Mix this with its proximity to New England, and thus Boston-based sports, and you have the recipe for one of the country’s strongest gambling scenes. Compared to other states, Connecticut’s betting laws are appears to be very progressive and mostly lenient.

Connecticut Sports Betting Law

They can be a stickler for specifics on certain things, but for the most part, you’ll be able to find a gambling niche that meets your needs, including concrete literature for how to handle DFS.

No Dog Racing in Connecticut

Most states allow some form of betting on dog and horse racing, even if everything else is illegal. Things are basically the other way around in Connecticut. Horse racing is only allowed off-track, which makes it incredibly uncommon, while gambling on dog racing just flat-out isn’t allowed.

Only Tribal-Owned Casinos Are Allowed

This is one of those little bizarre hiccups in Connecticut’s gambling laws. Though they’re fairly liberal with what they allow, they don’t let commercially owned casinos operate on their territory.

Only tribal-endorsed organizations can open. As of now, that means there are just two: Fox Woods and Mohegan Sun. The reasoning behind this is fairly straightforward.

Connecticut isn’t a large state, and because of the accumulated wealth around it, commercial casinos would crop up like daisies if they were legal. And that, in turn, would create unnecessarily densely populated areas. Connecticut prides itself as the middle ground between rural and suburban experiences, and permitting big businesses to operate gambling hubs threatens that motif. Granted, the local government could simply prevent too many from opening up, but that creates a bunch of headaches. It’s easier for the state at large to back tribally operated casinos.

Online Gaming Is Not Specified

Connecticut is no different from a lion’s share of the United States when it comes to monitoring online gambling. There is nothing on the books that specifically prevents it, but there’s also nothing that definitively allows it. As in every other situation, you’re free to use overseas online sportsbooks, but you do so at your own risk—particularly if you’re wagering and winning sums that must be reported by banks.

Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Is Legal

Yes, it’s true. Pretty much every other state lacks discernible procedures for daily fantasy sports gambling. Connecticut is one of the few exceptions. Betting on fantasy sports is considered legal, in part because Connecticut isn’t afraid of gambling in general, but also because the state views it more as a game of skill rather than a contest of chance.

Connecticut Gambling Law Overview

Please see below for a more specific breakdown of what betting types are and aren’t allowed in Connecticut at this time.

  • Casino Gambling: Not legal
  • Tribal Gambling: Legal
  • Poker: Legal
  • Horse-Race Betting: Off track only
  • Dog-Race Betting: Not legal
  • Lottery: Legal
  • Daily Fantasy Betting: Legal
  • Social Gambling: Legal
  • Charitable Gambling: Legal
  • Online Gambling: Unspecified

Connecticut Sports Teams

University of Connecticut Huskies (Men’s College Basketball)

The Connecticut Huskies are one of the most famed basketball teams in all of college. They have four national titles to their name, and up until the 2016-17 season, they hadn’t finished with a sub-.500 record since the 1986-87 campaign. They’re in something of a rut at the moment, but the program still carries cachet, and present-day head coach Kevin Ollie is respected both around the college and professional levels. Chances are they’ll be out of the doldrums soon enough.

University of Connecticut Huskies (Women’s College Basketball)

UConn’s women’s basketball team is just as well known as the men’s squad, if not more so. They’re also far more dominant. They most recently ran off 111 straight wins before suffering a defeat this past April in the National Semifinal against Mississippi State. The loss also ended their bid for a fifth consecutive national title—which, yes, is absolutely absurd.

Yale Bulldogs (Men’s College Basketball)

Many Ivy league schools aren’t known for their sport departments.

Yale can sometimes be the same way. But their men’s basketball team has gained some popularity in recent years. They earned their first March Madness tournament bid since 1961 in 2016 and have notched a record below .500 just once since 2010.

Biggest Sporting Event in Connecticut

Since Connecticut doesn’t have its own professional sports team and disallows most forms of horse and dog racing, it’s fitting that a golf tournament is its most popular sporting event every year.

The Travelers Championship takes place in Hartford, Connecticut each June and is, as the location implies, managed by The Greater Hartford Community foundation.

It was first established in 1952, when it was known as Insurance City Open. It was renamed to the Greater Hartford Open in 1967, which lasted until 2003. The latest prize pool for participating golfers, in June 2017, totaled around $6.8 million.

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