Sports betting was legalized in Connecticut in May 2021 and retail sportsbooks went live on Sept. 30 at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos, with online sports betting going live shortly after. There are only three mobile sportsbooks live in Connecticut (DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fanatics) and 12 retail books, meaning you can bet in-person. 

Connecticut Sportsbooks Features & Promos

DraftKings and FanDuel are two of the biggest names in the sports betting business as their apps come well-equipped with the features today’s sports bettors want to see. If you want to dabble in live streaming or string together a juicy same game parlay, DraftKings and FanDuel have you covered. Each app has a unique look and feel and, at the end of the day that difference comes down to personal preference.

Connecticut Sports Betting Legal Path

Connecticut is a state familiar with gambling revenue thanks to deals with Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the two large casinos that have operated on the eastern side of the state since the 1990s. These two casinos were a natural fit to house the sportsbooks operated by DraftKings and FanDuel after Governor Ned Lamont legalized Connecticut sports betting in 2021.

Additional Connecticut Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding Connecticut's sports betting rules.

  1. How old do you have to bet to bet in Connecticut?

    You must be 21-years-old or older to bet at a legal online sportsbook within the state.

  2. How many sportsbooks operate in Connecticut?

    There are currently three mobile sportsbooks live in Connecticut.

  3. Can you bet on College sports in Connecticut?

    Betting on in-state college sports teams is illegal in Connecticut.

  4. Can you play Daily fantasy in Connecticut?

    Daily fantasy sports contests are legal in Connecticut.

  5. Do you have to go to a retail location in Connecticut to open a sports betting account?

     Connecticut allows for remote registration for sports betting.

  6. Can you bet on politics and entertainment in Connecticut?

    No entertainment betting such as the Academy Awards or the Oscars. Betting on politics is also not allowed.

  7. Can you bet on Esports in Connecticut?

    Connecticut does allow wagering on esports and iGaming

Home Field Advantage 

While there is only one true professional sports teams currently in the Constitution State, WNBA's Connecticut Sun, it's not a far drive to check out Boston or New York sports franchises. If you listen closely, though, you can still hear the brass bonanza playing from the old NHL team, the Hartford Whalers.

NCAA: UConn Huskies

In a state without a major men's professional sports team since the Hartford Whalers left in 1997, Husky pride is alive and well in the Nutmeg state. UConn’s men’s and women’s teams both made it to the Final Four this past season and they’ve been blessed with two of the better college coaches of the past few decades in current women’s coach Geno Auriemma and former men’s coach Jim Calhoun. Unfortunately for legal reasons, fans in Connecticut have to drive to nearby states like Massachusetts or New York to place wagers on the Huskies. 

WNBA: Connecticut Sun

Connecticut’s WNBA team plays its home games at the Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) inside one of the state’s two massive casinos. The Sun have yet to win be crowned WNBA Finals champions, but they made it to the finals in 2004, 2005, 2019, and 2022.

MLB: Boston Red Sox & New York Yankees 

With the state situated between New York City and Boston, there’s a joke in Connecticut that babies need to choose at birth if they’re Red Sox fans or Yankees fans. While you may find a stray New York Mets fan from time to time, most baseball fans sit on one side or the other of the heated Red Sox - Yankees Rivalry. The Yankees have 27 World Series titles and last won in 2009, while the Red Sox have nine World Series championships including the recent 2018 campaign.

NFL: New England Patriots 

Connecticut is one of six states to make up the territory known as “New England,” so although the Patriots play their home games to the north in Massachusetts, the Patriots are Connecticut’s NFL team of choice. Thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Connecticut has been spoiled to witness Super Bowl titles from the Patriots in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

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