Connecticut Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Connecticut

Connecticut still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be progress made in the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 53.278; 52.553-554; 12.557
Definition of Gambling Gambling: 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.
Definition of Professional Gambling Professional gambling: Accepting or offering to accept, for profit, money, credits, deposits or other things of value risked in gambling, or any claim thereon or interest therein.
Online Poker/Gambling Both tribes with casino compacts – Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot – have long been lobbying for online poker and casino games, most recently in testimony to lawmakers in 2018. Both offer free-play internet gaming to their casino patrons. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection specifies that internet gambling is illegal.
Live Poker Live poker is legal and available at the Indian casinos in the state.
Casinos The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes operate full-fledged casinos on their reservation lands per the federal IGRA law.
Sports Betting Several years of bills have led to 2020 legislation that is likely to pass in some form.
DFS Paid-entry fantasy sports contests were legalized as a part of the 2017 budget and subsequently signed into law with the permission of the state’s tribes.
Other Forms of Gambling Bingo, charitable gambling, jai alai, horse racing and off-track betting, pari-mutuel betting, social gambling.