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Connecticut Sports Betting

Connecticut has more than its fair share of country clubs – so it’s somewhat fitting that the Nutmeg State has limited sports betting license access to just a few members.

Being one of the most restrictive states in the country might not endear Connecticut to sportsbooks on the outside, but for FanDuel, DraftKings and SugarHouse, the decision to keep things right and tight is fine by them. And sports bettors don’t seem to mind the lack of options, with Connecticut routinely reaching nine figures in monthly handle.

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If you’re a Connecticut-based sports bettor, there are two ways to look at the state’s decision to severely limit sportsbook operator access.

On one hand, it makes deciding on a sportsbook a much easier process; if you don’t like the first one you try, you have two other options to consider, and that’s it. On the flip side, not only are you out of luck if you pass on any of those three options, but you also miss out on all of the welcome offers and bonuses seen in more wide-open states. 

Here’s a look at our top-rated online sportsbooks in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Sportsbooks

Caesars Review Logo
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  • Pro: Largest retail sportsbook in America.
  • Con: Live betting data can be slower to load than some competitors.
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Caesars Review

Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,250 On Caesars + 1000 Tier Credits + 1000 Reward Credits®

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  • Pro: Voted Casino Operator of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
  • Con: Quick to lower your limits when you're on a heater.
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BetMGM Review

BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Seamless transition from DFS to sportsbook with one wallet.
  • Con: Odds boosts and promos generally have low max bet limits.
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FanDuel Review

FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"

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  • Pro: Lots of promos and odds boosts.
  • Con: Indirect and unhelpful customer service.
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DraftKings Review

DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.

Bonus iconKnown for: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

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PointsBet Review Logo Online since: 2015
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  • Pro: 100% independent.
  • Con: After using the app for a while, you will no longer be qualified for promotions designated for “recreational” players.
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PointsBet Review

PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.

Bonus iconKnown for: 5 Risk-free Bets up to $500

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Barstool Sportsbook Review Logo
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  • Pro: Interactive bets with their known personalities.
  • Con: Below-average odds.
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Barstool Sportsbook Review

Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Above-average betting limits.
  • Con: Boosts and parlays offered are either high-risk or low-value plays.
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WynnBET Review

Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app. 

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $100, Get $100

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  • Pro: Established global sports betting brand.
  • Con: Withdrawals can be slower than average.
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Unibet Review

Unibet offers its customers an excellent online betting experience. Our Unibet review feels that the company's experience as a global brand shines through with a streamlined, easy-to-use gaming platform.

Bonus iconKnown for: $500 Risk-Free Bet (PA only)

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  • Pro: Large offering of alternative lines and props.
  • Con: Will limit bettors on a heater.
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BetRivers Review

Unless you live near a physical casino/sportsbook to potentially take advantage of some rewards programs, there is no reason to use BetRivers as your primary sportsbook.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% Deposit Match up to $250

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  • Pro: End-to-end tech through its ownership of Bet.Works.
  • Con: Low sign-up bonus.
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Bally Bet Review

Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% First Bet Match up to $50

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  • Pro: BetFeed ranks most popular incoming bets.
  • Con: Non-existent customer service.
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SI Sportsbook Review

The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $5, Get $100 (VA)

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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review Logo
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  • Pro: If the house is a rockin' don't bother knockin'
  • Con: Limited betting menu.
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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review

Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.

Bonus iconKnown for: Promos vary by state.

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Connecticut Promos and Bonuses

Just about everyone loves free stuff, and Connecticutns are certainly no different. Connecticut-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in Connecticut:

FanDuel: $1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"

FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.

If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.

DraftKings: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

At DraftKings Connecticut, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.

The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.

SugarHouse: Deposit Match up to $250

SugarHouse Connecticut offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.

The deposit match at SugarHouse CT isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.

(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)

Connecticut Sports Betting Quick Facts

Launch Date       Sept. 30, 2021
# of Betting Sites       3
Online Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Retail Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Online Casino       ✅ Yes
Retail Casino       ✅ Yes
College Sports Betting       ✅ Yes (but not on in-state teams)
2022 Population (est.)       3.6 million
2021 Betting Handle       $336.4 million
Online Tax Rate       18 percent
Retail Tax Rate       13.75 percent

Connecticut Betting Apps

FanDuel Sportsbook

There’s very little separating the top two sportsbooks on this list. So why does FanDuel get the edge? It’s a few little things: We favor FD’s customer service quality ahead of DraftKings, and they have a better selection of market-specific offers and promotions that add a nice touch.

Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.

DraftKings Sportsbook

Make no mistake: DK is every bit as formidable as its chief sports betting and DFS rival. DraftKings provides regular boosts to first-time bettors and has one of the widest selections of sports markets in North America. A few small dings might have DraftKings a step behind FanDuel, but the margin is razor-thin.

Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

Sugarhouse, like its sister app BetRivers, has a couple of things working in its favor. Its deposit bonus is delivered as free money rather than a risk-free bet, and it offers a wider-than-average range of alternate lines and props. Unfortunately, the home page design is subpar and the rest of the product is meh.

Check out our SugarHouse sportsbook review.

Also see our list of all betting sites in Connecticut.

How to Bet in Connecticut

Choose your sportsbook

Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in Connecticut. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.

If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Connecticut. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.

Register online

Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.

Deposit and claim your bonus

Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Connecticut residents come in one of two forms:

  • Risk-free bets: This offer guarantees you a refund on your first wager if it is graded as a loss. The sportsbook will refund your initial bet amount (up to a specific limit) either as cash or as site credit.

  • Deposit match: This offer sees the sportsbook match your initial deposit dollar-for-dollar, though there are two caveats. The deposit match will come with a maximum limit, and in the majority of cases you will be required to “play through” your initial deposit by a certain multiple in order to earn the bonus.

Select and finalize your bet

Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.

From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.

Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!

Connecticut Legal Sports Betting History

With two tribes responsible for running Connecticut’s gaming industry for more than a quarter-century, there wasn’t much room for outsiders as the state sought to legalize sports betting.

Both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes had done an exemplary job of managing gaming within the state, so it made sense to have them at the center of the sports betting scene. But the state lottery wanted a part of the action, as well – and in the end, all three entities negotiated a slice of the Connecticut sports wagering pie.

Here’s a look at Connecticut’s sports betting history:

2020: Partnerships but no signed bill

After sports betting was left out of the state’s fall legislative session the year prior, 2020 kicked off with plenty of tension between the Connecticut government and the two steadfast tribes. At stake: Whether the state lottery would be permitted to offer sports betting, a concession neither tribe was willing to make at this point in the process.

A pair of sports betting bills (H 5168 and S 21) were introduced, but neither reached the floor. Both sides continued to quibble over who would have jurisdiction over the sports betting industry in the state, and both threatened litigation if the other side didn’t yield to their request.

Meanwhile, Mashantucket Pequot reached a partnership deal with DraftKings through its Foxwood Casino facility to prepare for the possibility of sports betting being legalized at some point in the future.

2021: Tribes green-light CT sports betting

The start of 2021 brought hope for everyone involved in what had become a grueling journey to regulated sports wagering. Senator Cathy Osten, who had tried repeatedly to push through a bill that would appease all parties, introduced legislation early in the year that would see the two tribes oversee statewide mobile wagering and iGaming.

In the spring, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes agreed to allow the state to run sports betting at more than a dozen OTB locations. That was the final step toward a long-awaited Connecticut sports wagering bill, signed into law in May by Governor Ned Lamont.

From there, everything fell into place rather quickly. Mohegan partnered with DraftKings’ chief rival, FanDuel, to operate via its Mohegan Sun casino. And the Connecticut lottery narrowed its list of roughly a dozen suitors down to four before eventually settling on SugarHouse, a Rush Street Interactive property.

Retail sports betting began at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun on Sept. 30, with online wagering going through a one-week soft launch before going completely live on Oct. 19.

2022: FanDuel DFS paused

There was little sports betting news to report from Connecticut early in 2022, though DFS players were no doubt crestfallen to learn that FanDuel would be halting all contests until the start of the 2022 NFL season. The company explained that it needed to make changes to its platform to adhere with new state regulations.

Responsible Gaming in Connecticut

Like most states, Connecticut’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots. 

The Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming is dedicated to reducing gambling related harm and helping those who may be negatively impacted by gambling. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing through the mobile apps.

Visit the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming site.

Sports Leagues to Bet On

It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Connecticut bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):

  • NFL
  • NCAA Football
  • NBA
  • NCAA Basketball
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Auto Racing
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • MMA

That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Connecticut is prohibited:

  • Politics
  • College sports involving Connecticut-based teams
  • Entertainment (including major awards ceremonies)

Connecticut Retail Sportsbooks

There might only be three main sportsbook operators in the Nutmeg State, but they’ve covered a lot of ground when it comes to Connecticut’s brick-and-mortar casinos.

Actually, we need to clarify things. DraftKings and FanDuel are set at one retail location apiece, while SugarHouse operates a whopping 10 sportsbooks, largely spread across the Winners casino network. And the best part for bettors: Each casino is located in a different town or city, giving millions of Connecticut natives easy access to betting.

Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in Connecticut:

Bobby V’s Stamford (SugarHouse, 268 Atlantic St, Stamford, CT, 06901)

Bobby V's Windsor Locks (SugarHouse, 11 Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT, 06096)

Foxwoods Casino (DraftKings Sportsbook, 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Ledyard, CT, 06338)

Mohegan Sun (FanDuel Sportsbook, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT, 06382)

Winners Hartford (SugarHouse, 121 Brainard Road, Hartford, CT, 06114)

Winners Manchester (SugarHouse, 103 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, CT, 06042)

Winners Milford (SugarHouse, 89 Roses Mill Road, Milford, CT, 06460)

Winners New Britain (SugarHouse, 160 East Main Street, New Britain, CT, 06051)

Winners Norwalk (SugarHouse, 24 Burnell Blvd, Norwalk, CT, 06850)

Winners Sports Haven (SugarHouse, 600 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT, 06511)

Winners Torrington (SugarHouse, 141 Water Street, Torrington, CT, 06790)

Winners Waterbury (SugarHouse, 155 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury, CT, 06710)

Connecticut Sports Betting Tax & Handle

Connecticut sports betting is in its infancy compared with the first wave of states to approve legislation – but it’s fair to say that the state has exceeded expectations.

Despite ranking 29th in population among U.S. states and having no professional sports teams within its borders, Connecticut has routinely surpassed the $100-million handle plateau every month since opening with $54.6 million in its October 2021 opener. 

Here’s a look at Connecticut’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2021:

2021

MonthHandle
October        $54.6 million
November        $131.7 million
December        $150.1 million
Total$336.4 million

2022

MonthHandle
January        $158 million
February        $115.6 million
March        $140.7 million
April        $116.4 million
May         $115.2 million
June        $95.4 million
July        $78.3 million
August        $80 million
Total$889.8 million

As with the majority of states, Connecticut’s high-water mark came in January, with a tally of $158 million to kick off 2022. As of August, Connecticut has generated more than $889 million in handle for the year with an average hold of 7.5 percent.

Operators pay a 13.75 percent tax rate on gross gaming revenue.

Connecticut Sports Betting FAQ

Can I legally wager on sports in the state of Connecticut?

Yes! Retail sports wagering formally began in Connecticut on Sept. 30, 2021. Full online betting started on Oct. 19, seven days after kicking things off with a soft launch.

Am I permitted to bet in Connecticut even if I don’t live there?

You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in Connecticut, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).

Can I use online sportsbooks that aren’t partners of the sports venue I’m in?

You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever Connecticut-based sports venue you’re in at that time.

Which Connecticut sportsbook should I use?

Check out our list of the top-rated Connecticut sportsbooks above!

Can I bet on esports in Connecticut?

Yes! Connecticut’s sports betting bill included esports, making it legal for residents and visitors to bet on League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and other wildly popular esports games.

How big is the Connecticut sports betting market?

Connecticut comes in just below the average population per state, ranking 29th at 3.55 million people (2022 estimate). It’s one of just a handful of states to actually see a decrease in population since the 2010 census (-0.91 percent).

Who is responsible for managing problem gambling in Connecticut?

The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) handles everything relating to problem gambling within the state. The CCPG implements programs focusing on advocacy, education and awareness while also offering a toll-free help line.

Will there be more online sportsbook operators in Connecticut in the future?

Likely not. Connecticut approved just three sports betting operators from the outset of the licensing process, and that probably isn’t going to change.