Welcome to Connecticut!
Connecticut gambling may be the best example of quality over quantity in the US. Though the state is home to only two tribal casinos, both locations are exceptionally large full-service resorts. Each venue welcomes millions of non-Connecticut residents every year, making the state a bona fide gambling destination in its own right.
However, these two properties are not the only casinos in Connecticut. There are many ways to place a wager in the Nutmeg State, and we have information on all of them. The sections below should give you plenty of data for planning your next trip to the 48th-largest state.
Best of all, Connecticut could conceivably join the sports betting world sometime in the next year or two. When that happens, we will have information about how to capitalize on bonuses and other perks. Read on for all the latest news and information about Connecticut casino gambling and sweepstakes sites.
No, Connecticut does not offer any licensed casinos or gambling sites. There are no options for legal online poker or sports betting in Connecticut at this time.
However, there are a few other options that are legal. For one thing, playing on sweepstakes sites is perfectly acceptable so long as the sites in question remain in the good graces of Connecticut sweepstakes law. Even though sites like Chumba Casino, Global Poker and Funzpoints are largely indistinguishable from actual casino sites, they operate in a very specific manner to remain legal entities.
Another option for online gambling in Connecticut is betting on horse races. Sites like TVG will take bets from residents and visitors in CT. These options work well if you cannot make it to one of Connecticut’s numerous off-track betting shops.
Finally, daily fantasy sports are legal to play in Connecticut. Thanks to a 2017 budget item, DFS is officially recognized as legitimate in the state as long as it meets certain specified conditions. Most top DFS providers, including FanDuel and DraftKings, have no problem meeting those requirements.
No. Online casinos are not legal in Connecticut. Like many states, Connecticut’s general position on gambling is that it is not a legal activity. From this position, the Legislature can then vote to allow exceptions and exemptions to the rule as it sees fit. So far, no internet gambling has been specifically made legal under Connecticut law, and thus, it is not legal to play. Interestingly, Connecticut’s Gaming Division has even gone so far as to clarify that the law’s prohibition extends to sites outside of Connecticut’s jurisdiction “even if a gambling website is legal in another jurisdiction.”
The only legal online casino play is through the various sweepstakes sites active in Connecticut. Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots and Funzpoints all offer slot and table gameplay that is quite similar to the offerings on real online casinos. In fact, it is possible to win real cash prizes, under certain conditions. However, it is critical to mention that you can play for free, as part of their sweepstakes status.
Not unless it’s at a sweepstakes casino. As is the case with other types of online gambling in CT, online slots play is strictly prohibited by Connecticut law. The law even goes so far as to criminalize playing on an out-of-state or foreign site, regardless of its legal status where it is located.
Sweepstakes sites like Chumba Casino, Funzpoints and LuckyLand Slots all offer slots that are mostly indistinguishable from the titles on real money online casinos. The only difference will be that the slot brands you’re used to seeing in live casinos — Bally, IGT, Konami, etc. — will not be present with the offerings from these sites.
The nice thing is that you can play for real prizes on sweepstakes sites for free. The sites are bound by law to allow you to play for free and to award the prizes that they advertise. Although it may not be terribly likely that you’ll realize a big jackpot, somebody has to win it eventually.
No. As mentioned with online casinos in Connecticut, the law’s default position is that gambling is illegal in the state. Connecticut has not legalized any online poker sites.
In keeping with the same theme, your only reasonable option in the state is a sweepstakes poker site. Luckily, Global Poker is a pretty good one. In fact, you can play Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Crazy Pineapple for real money prizes, and you don’t have to spend a dime. So, if you’re not wanting to make the trip to Foxwoods or the Mohegan Sun, you do have an option at your fingertips.
No. There are no legal online sportsbooks operating in Connecticut at this time. Although the state passed a law to allow sports betting in 2017, continued disagreement between the state government and the two casino-owning tribes (the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe) has prevented meaningful progress on making sports betting a reality up to this point.
However, the storm clouds may be parting. Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state has reached a sports betting agreement with the Mohegan Tribe to begin moving the ball down the field. The agreement allows both the Mohegans and the Connecticut Lottery to place a number of retail sportsbooks throughout the state. More importantly, both groups can operate online sportsbooks of their own.
The agreement notably excludes the other tribe, the Mashantucket Pequots, from the equation. Given the political strength of each tribe in Connecticut, it is unlikely that the state can proceed without sign-offs from both groups. So, although it’s a start, it’s not a done deal.
Should Connecticut regulate online gambling, the Connecticut Gaming Division would likely oversee all aspects of gambling online. The Gaming Division already maintains oversight over the legal forms of gambling in the state, and most states try to stick with the most experienced agencies for oversight when they craft new legislation.
In order to play at one of Connecticut’s casinos, you must be 21 or older. However, 18-year-olds are allowed to play Connecticut’s lottery, pari-mutuel options, and sealed tickets (aka pull-tabs). Interestingly, there is no age requirement for bingo, raffles or other charitable games.
Despite the fact that most gambling in Connecticut is accessible if you’re 18, it is quite likely that online gambling expansions, including sports betting, casinos and poker, would require players to be 21. Few other states have allowed play from patrons under the drinking age, and given the requirement present at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, there’s no reason to suspect Connecticut will buck the system.
It is entirely possible that Connecticut will introduce online sports betting in the near future. The aforementioned agreement between the state and one of its two casino-owning tribes is a key step toward the debut of online sportsbooks in Connecticut. Although many obstacles to a launch remain, there is certainly room for optimism about the prospects of betting on sports through your mobile device or computer in Connecticut relatively soon.
As far as online casinos and poker go, the future is less clear. Lawmakers respond to fads like anyone else, and, at the moment, all the juice is with sports betting. However, a successful launch and operation of online sportsbooks could inspire legislators to consider other options. So it’s possible that online casino play and/or poker might make their way to Connecticut one day, but it won’t be until online sports betting is alive and well.
At this point, you may be wondering how the information above squares with your own experience. After all, a quick search for “Connecticut online casinos” or something similar yields plenty of results, and many of them look pretty legitimate. In fact, you may have heard some of the site names before or seen them mentioned by mainstream media outlets.
However, we can save you the suspense: You are not looking at sites that are legal and legitimate in Connecticut. For the most part, you are seeing betting options from sites and servers located outside the state of Connecticut and the United States itself.
While many players in the US, including in Connecticut, might use these sites, they are taking a large risk when they do so. There are several reasons that you should avoid playing through an offshore site.
Connecticut law is one of the clearest in terms of its specific prohibition of online gambling. It even specifies that the act is illegal regardless of the legality in the site’s physical location. Although it’s unlikely, the last thing you want to do is put yourself on law enforcement’s radar because you placed a few wagers.
Despite a rather restrictive overarching law, Connecticut actually has several types of legal gambling in the state. Even without online gambling, there are still plenty of options for placing some kind of wager. At this point, the only major type of gambling that you cannot do in Connecticut is sports betting, and that could be changing soon.
|Permitted/Offered?||Notes & Restrictions|
|Land-based Gambling||Yes||Two massive tribal casinos|
|Online Gambling||Partially||Legislation pending for DFS and sports betting|
|Lottery||Yes||In-state and multi-state drawings|
|Charitable or House-based Gambling||Yes||Bazaars, bingo, raffles, and sealed ticket sales permitted|
|Minimum Gambling Age||21||21 for casinos, 18 for lottery, OTB and charitable gaming|
In the meantime, here are your options for legal gambling in Connecticut:
Interestingly, the law makes a rather specific exemption for playing poker. It is legal to play poker in one’s home for cash “incidental to a bona fide social relationship.” How the state would qualify a social relationship as bona fide remains unclear, but for the most part, it means that you can play with your friends. However, if you’d prefer to play in a more professional setting, there are two massive poker rooms available at the state’s tribal casinos.
Yes. There are two massive casinos in the state. Both of them are tribally owned, and both have, at one time or another, been the largest casino properties in the United States.
|Casino Name||Address||Phone Number||Tribe||Live Poker?|
|Foxwoods Resorts Casino||350 Trolley Line Blvd., Ledyard, CT 06338||860-312-3000||Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation||Yes|
|Mohegan Sun||1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382||860-862-8000||Mohegan Tribe||Yes|
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the numerous off-track betting locations (OTBs) in CT. These properties allow Connecticut residents and visitors to place pari-mutuel wagers on horse races, greyhound races and jai alai matches around the country. While they are not full casinos by any stretch of the imagination, they are a legitimate venue for placing a wager in Connecticut.
All of the OTBs in Connecticut are owned and operated by Sportech PLC, and they are split between two different brands. The first, and more prominent of the two, are the Winners locations. These off-track betting sites look similar to many sportsbooks, with theater seating and massive television screens for viewing the races and jai alai. There are 14 Winners locations throughout Connecticut, although most of them are along the coast or clustered near Hartford.
The other two OTB locations are Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. As the name implies, these venues are much more traditional sports bars than anything else. Although there is the race betting aspect to them, there are plenty of televisions displaying regional or national sports and a full-service menu of food and beverages.
Interestingly, Sportech is another stakeholder in the fight to bring sports betting to Connecticut. Its CEO has gone on record to say that despite the fact that the company has come up empty in the negotiations, it has no intention of letting the opportunity pass by quietly. Only time will tell if sports betting will come to a Winners or Bobby V’s, but there’s no denying that they would be a natural fit for retail sportsbooks.
Both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are full-service casino resorts. There are no prohibitions on games that they can offer, aside from sports betting, so you’ll find a multitude of the following options at both locations:
Many of these games are casino standards. However, two of these options are unique to Connecticut casinos and deserve special explanations:
Fusion Hybrid lets you play four different live table games at once. Using a specially designed touchscreen, you can rotate between the four options through brightly colored tabs and monitor each game’s outcome. It gives you the opportunity to ramp up the fun and the profit potential and works great for gamblers looking for a fast-paced experience. Fusion Hybrid is located in both the Casino of the Earth and the Casino of the Sky.
Play Arena is an area of the Great Cedar Casino that allows you to play up to three table games at once. The games are managed by a “dealertainer” at the front of the massive room, and the results of each game are displayed on a giant video wall behind the game runner. Play Arena places a special emphasis on the social and communal aspects of gambling, allowing you to play alongside your friends and fellow patrons. The arena appeals to both the eyes and the ears, and is the closest to replicating live dealer games online in real life.
Connecticut has a long and varied history with gambling. Although it is similar to other states in some aspects, there are bits of flair that lend gambling in the state its own distinct twist. In other words, you are unlikely to see a history of gambling identical to Connecticut’s anytime soon.
At present, there are tribal casinos, off-track betting parlors, a state lottery and a variety of charitable games available for play. You can also take part in daily fantasy sports, if you like. Because of Connecticut’s small land area, none of its gambling facilities are terribly far away from one another. Even players from the other sides of the state, in places like Salisbury or Stamford, are no more than a couple hours’ drive from either of the massive casinos in Connecticut. The other types of gambling are even closer by, no matter where you are, so Connecticut residents are not hurting for meaningful gaming options.
The second bit of legislation is the DFS bill. Far from some sort of mincing reference, the law establishes an explicit framework for fees and taxation on approved DFS companies in the state. Thus, DFS players in Connecticut can play as often as they want without any fear of legal repercussions or interference.
Connecticut is not the subject of much attention from gamblers most of the time. Often, it is unfairly labeled as nothing more than a millionaire’s playground or an escape for New York City residents. However, there are plenty of excellent gambling opportunities in the Nutmeg State. In fact, Connecticut seems poised to outrun New York sportsbooks in the race to online sports betting, which adds to its value as a destination. If nothing else, Connecticut is worth a trip to see just how big those two casinos are.