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Sports betting in Bridgeport, CT

Author: AmericanGambler1234 | Last Updated: August 15, 2019

This is our short Bridgeport (CT) online sports betting guide. Check the gambling sites, legal sportsbooks, mobile apps. Read about Connecticut casinos, gambling locations in 2019/2020. 

You can bet online in Connecticut's Bridgeport at BetAmerica racing online website (and app). 

Bridgeport Sports Betting Options

Gambling in Connecticut and its largest city Bridgeport are very much linked to the famous Tribal casinos, which are among the largest hotel and casino resorts in the world. Baring these super-casinos, the state are pretty conservative, with a blanket gambling law which prevents almost everything.

Like Alaska, quirky exemptions include Duck Racing, low-stakes bingo, and Jai-Alai betting.

Bridgeport and gambling ate fairly new stable mates. Connecticut was a very conservative State from the start and, without the tribal land gaming in place, there would be next to no gambling at all.

Prior to the introduction of the 1983 state lottery, the only form of gambling available was limited pari-mutuel betting on horses and dogs, plus exemptions for skill-games including Jai-Alai. In a special exemption for Connecticut’s older population, Bingo is allowed for stakes under $1 as long as prizes are under $5.

In terms of sports betting in Bridgeport, visitors and residents can only bet at the track and at designated simulcast venues on Greyhounds and Horses. This is via pooled, or pari-mutuel, betting terminals. There are some quirks in the Connecticut laws which make betting on Duck and Frog races legal for charity. Players can also gamble on Jai-Alai, a game involving catching a ball in a special glove on a 3-walled court.

In regard to Bridgeport sports betting legislation, the following is the definition of gambling from section 53-278a of the state code:

” means risking any money, credit, deposit or other thing of value for gain contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance or the operation of a gambling device, including the playing of a casino gambling game such as blackjack, poker, craps, roulette or a slot machine…”

While there is a carve-out for games of skill, gambling records and the transmission of gambling information are strictly controlled. The information section does not mention online gambling.

A bill legalizing sports betting in Connecticut never quite made over the line 2018, but supporters are hoping for a different result in 2019/2020.