Legal online sports betting in Connecticut 

Connecticut is close to getting legal sports betting in 2020 following the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA). States can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.

Connecticut hopes to join other states up and running so residents 21 and over can enjoy betting on pro football, basketball, hockey, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, UCF, college football and basketball among other sports of interest.

There is a lot of political support for sports betting in Connecticut, despite some of the differences on regulating and control of the industry. The casinos at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun would be two locations that would likely get initial sports betting as the state grows to other locations and both mobile and online platforms.

Connecticut is getting close to legalizing sports betting if the legislators can reach an agreement with the states Native American Casinos. There are two tribal casinos in Connecticut – Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun. The tribes want control of the industry and limits on the number of legal operators in the state. The new bill filed in early March 2019 would require the state to form a new compact with the tribes.

Connecticut had two previous bills in 2019 that proposed legal sports betting. The S 17 bill would legalize mobile sports betting tied to the state’s two tribal casinos.

S 17 – https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00017&which_year=2019

S 665 – https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2019&bill_num=Sb665

Connecticut residents can bet online with out-of-state and offshore online gambling operators. While not technically legal, residents in Connecticut can gamble online through these platforms, as licensed offshore sportsbooks are located outside the jurisdiction of the US federal laws. There is no legal punishment that has yet occurred to residents for betting illegally offshore or at sites not based in the U.S. Minimum age to bet online is 21.

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