BRIEF Connecticut Gambling History
Connecticut Casinos by the Numbers opens with this brief overview. But mostly, it presents the two casinos in all their glory.
Connecticut does not have a long history of gambling. The State Lottery was in 1983. The late 70’s and 80s saw limited Pari-Mutuel betting on horses and greyhounds which included a greyhound racing park in Plainfield. Jai Alai was briefly available in Hartford, Bridgeport and Milford Frontons. The last fronton in Hartford closed in 1995.
Incidentally, charity gambling included Duck and Frog racing in addition to the usual bingo and raffles. Due to tribal sovereignty, Foxwoods started with a bingo-hall in 1986.
Related Posts – Tribal-State Compacts and Agreements
Current Legal Types Of Gambling
Casino Games: Two of the largest casinos in the country reside in CT. Furthermore, both are located only ten minutes away from each other. They offer everything Las Vegas resorts offer on the Strip, only with better odds on most games.
The tribes and the state have a compact that requires 25% of all slot revenue to be paid to the state. Conversely, the agreement does not include table games.
Live Poker: Each casino offers a large poker room.
Sports Betting: On-track and simulcast venues are legal. However, legal Sports-Betting does not look to be offered anytime soon. The tribes believe the gaming compact with the state gives them the right to control all gaming activities outside the lottery. Unfortunately, this complicates the advent of legal sports betting for some time to come.
Lottery Betting: Yes, there is a State lottery, and residents have access to national games like the Powerball.
Approved Casino: For years, the Mashantucket & Mohegan Tribes have tried build a joint casino venture in South Windsor, CT. While it is ready for construction MGM litigation and private lawsuits have held it up.
Connecticut Casinos By the Numbers
Please note – some numbers may not be accurate at this time due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.