Legal Connecticut Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

As one of the most picturesque and wealthy states in the US, Connecticut operates rather liberal laws on gambling. It permits poker rooms and other card games, as well as off-track horse racing betting, lotteries, daily fantasy sports, as well as social and charitable gaming.

The state's two primary casino resorts, Foxwoods (Mashantucket) and Mohegan Sun (Uncasville), the Shoreline Star dog racing track and 13 OTB betting locations have helped Connecticut become something of a hotbed for gambling in New England.

The state is also very clear on what is prohibited in terms of gambling. Section 53-278A of Connecticut's penal code says the following is banned:

  • Legal contests of skill, speed, strength or endurance e.g. athletics.
  • Legal business transactions valid under the law of contracts.
  • Activity legal under the provisions of Sections 7-169 to 7-186 inclusive.
  • Any other lotteries or contests managed by or under the authority of any other state of the US.
  • Additional acts or transactions expressly authorized by law on or beyond October 1, 1973.

Connecticut Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

At present, there are no specific laws which prohibit online gambling in Connecticut. No individual or organization has yet been charged or prosecuted by the state for gambling online. 

Connecticut Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1971 - State launches the inaugural Connecticut Lottery.
  • 1986 - Connecticut's first legalized bingo hall established.
  • 1991 - Charitable gaming allowed among tribal groups.
  • 1992 - Connecticut legislature legalizes casino table games.
  • 1993 - Connecticut legislature legalizes slot machines.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Conneticut?

  • Casino Gambling – There are two major casinos in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, and they are the only casinos in the state. Both casinos are on tribal land and offer a wide variety of casino games and slot machines.
  • Sports Betting – Sports betting in Connecticut is legal for all types of pari-mutual wagering such as dog and horse racing as well as Jai Alai. There are currently no active tracks in Connecticut. Bars accept simulcast wagering on racing. You can follow the latest news on Connecticut Sports Betting here.
  • Online Betting – Online betting in Connecticut is legal in the form of simulcast betting on horse racing and dog tracks. Betting Apps are legal for race wagering as well as websites.
  • Daily Fantasy – The large DFS operators like Fanduel and Draft Kings operate in Connecticut and the lawmakers have never challenged their operation.
  • Poker – Connecticut has one of the largest poker rooms in the United States at Foxwoods Casino. Video poker machines are also available at the Casinos.
  • Bingo – Foxwoods Casino started as a Bingo Hall long before they added table games and Bingo is legal for charities.
  • Lottery – Connecticut has one of the largest variety of lottery tickets available and subscriptions for lottery tickets can be purchased for up to 52 weeks.