Connecticut’s online gambling scene is very limited as it stands, and you can’t play casino games, place direct sports bets via sites, or buy lottery tickets online in 2021.
Online gambling in Connecticut finds itself in a sort of limbo right now, with lawmakers evidently progressing online sports sites and casino legislation, but struggling with state semantics. Until matters are resolved between the state, tribes, and gambling companies, you can’t gamble online in Connecticut, but there are land-based betting operations.
You have to be 21 years old to visit casinos and play poker in Connecticut, but only 18 to bet on horses or play the lottery and bingo.
Online Casino in Connecticut
It is illegal for you to play at online casinos in Connecticut. Despite appeals from the tribes to commence temporary online casino operations in 2020, as well as two all-encompassing online gambling bills being introduced, Connecticut online casino gaming is still illegal.
However, you can still play casino games like roulette, blackjack, and craps at any of the state’s tribal casinos. Native American tribes have exclusive rights to opening and running casinos in Connecticut, with two huge casinos in operation now and another approved to be built off of a reservation – in East Windsor.
Sports Betting in Connecticut
It is illegal for you to place a sports bet in Connecticut. Sports betting features prominently in the bills that have been introduced for Connecticut online gambling, but they are yet to be enacted. As with online casino gaming, until these bills make it through the quagmire that they find themselves in, you cannot partake in Connecticut sports betting activities.
Online Poker in Connecticut
It is illegal for you to play online poker in Connecticut. The potential Connecticut online poker scene is as restricted as online casino gaming and sports betting. However, the state’s two Native American casinos are allowed to host poker games and run poker tournaments. You are also allowed to play poker socially provided that the gambling is “incidental to a bona fide social relationship.” Connecticut law doesn’t define what this means, so even playing poker socially can be a risk.
Daily Fantasy in Connecticut
Daily fantasy sports is a legalized form of Connecticut gambling. Despite not having any major professional league teams in the state, there’s still an avid sports crowd that turns up for the Connecticut Sun, New England Black Wolves, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. At the biggest DFS sites in the state, you can bet on fantasy lineups for the WNBA, NBA, NHL, NFL, NASCAR, soccer, and several other sporting contests.
Esports in Connecticut
It is illegal to bet on esports in Connecticut. Esports continues to grow its fan and player base across the state, with more Connecticut esports hubs emerging regularly. Still, until sports betting arrives in Connecticut, esports betting will remain outlawed. That said, a Connecticut gambling bill may omit esports markets.
Lottery in Connecticut
State and national lotteries are legalized forms of gambling in Connecticut. The lottery offering of Connecticut covers just about all lottery gaming options, with the exception of playing lotteries online. In Connecticut, you can play national lotteries like the Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as keno and scratch cards.
Horse Racing Betting in Connecticut
While the state of Connecticut doesn’t have any horse racing tracks, betting on the sport is legal here. NYRA Bets provide an online presence in the Constitution State, and their parimutuel service is available online. You can also bet off-track on licensed gambling premises in Connecticut.