Connecticut Sports Betting
Editor’s note: As of Jan. 13, 2021
Bringing sports wagering to residents of Connecticut continues to be a complicated enterprise, so bettors shouldn’t hold their breath but recent moves have brought hope that a deal can be found that legalizes it during 2021.
Tribal gaming conflicts are the root of the stalemate but last December, the native tribes rescinded plans for a proposed joint casino. Also, DraftKings have entered the market believing the state is ready to make the move having reached an agreement with Mashantucket Pequot and Foxwoods Resorts for a multi-channel deal.
This puts the state very much on-deck with regards to taking the legislature forward. Gov. Ned Lamont used part of his State of the State address to speak about this issue:
“I am working with our neighboring states and look forward to working with our tribal partners on a path forward to modernize gaming in our state, and working with the legislature on legalization of marijuana. Sports betting, internet gaming, legalized marijuana — they’re all happening all around us. Let’s not surrender these opportunities to out-of-state markets or, even worse, to underground markets.”
Is sports betting currently legal in the state?
No. But sports betting is legal in the neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, and Delaware if up for a road trip.
What about horse racing?
Through licensed operators such as TVG, Bet America, Twinspires, and AM Wager it is completely legal to place online wagers on the sport.