Gambling in Connecticut
Connecticut has a small area of land, the third smallest in the country, and by having the 29th biggest population with approximately 3.5 million citizens make it a very densely populated state.
The state is known as the Nutmeg State, Constitution State or Provisions State, among other names, and it’s also known by the Bear Mountain in Salisbury. Its unique combination of financial ability and geography make it the state with the highest income per capita of the United States.
Gambling History and Scenario
Connecticut’s history with gambling began legally in 1971. Here, players were delighted with off-track betting and horse track betting. Throughout the United States, this is a very popular type of entertainment.
From there, dog racing was introduced in 1972, where players were still not allowed to have other types of gambling for money. Native American casinos were introduced some years later with bingo games only.
Throughout the years the Native Americans asked for more games to be offered within the state which was granted after negotiations in court. With the addition of games, came a fee. Tribes offered to give the state 25% of the money earned from slot machines.
Currently, Connecticut is an example of how a small state can have the best casinos in the country and the world: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
Foxwoods is the most prominent casino, being owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and located in Mashantucket. It held the title for largest casino in the world for several years, until the Winstar in Oklahoma claimed that title.
To hold the title for the biggest casino for so many years Foxwoods has amenities like no other casino: four independent hotels, AAA Four Diamond certified, plus the fifth hotel just a couple of minutes away, the Tall Trees Inn. A shuttle is available from this hotel to the casino and back.
If the casino has 5 hotels, the number of restaurants is 35. Yes, 35 restaurants featuring 18 different cuisines. It also has a mall and several luxury boutiques, apart from numerous shows, golf, a pool, spa, and other family activities.
If the Mohegan Sun was located in another state it would probably be their biggest casino, but this doesn’t happen in Connecticut. Even so, this casino, property of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, has over 5.000 slots and 300 table games and even manages to have more restaurants than Foxwoods, 47 different locations, along with thousands of rooms available.
$1.2 billion in revenues say a lot about the dimension of the Mohegan. As if this wasn’t enough, a third casino license was approved, to be operated by the two tribes already running the existing casinos, so the third casino being operated by both tribes promises to be big.
This new venue will be located in East Windsor to compete with the MGM property in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Being a small state makes its casinos easily accessible by car to its residents, and even driving from New York, Providence or Boston is relatively close too, which just means that both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have maintained and increased their customer bases.
Types of Gambling Found in Connecticut
Connecticut is on the map as one of the larger states for gambling. What some might be shocked to hear is that the state actually only has two casinos. Within these two casinos, you have the largest gaming floors in America. Foxwood boasts 284,000 square feet of gaming space with a large bingo hall and more than 300 table games.
In most casinos, you will find around 50 so this is actually huge. The state features a lottery which allows players to play the games at just 18 and over. When you play the lottery in any state, you have the option to play one of many different styles, and here you find in-state and multi-state lottery drawings. Just the casinos require players to be 21 to play.
Off-track betting is also possible, and new legislation just expanded the number of these locations from 16 to 24. There are strong rumors that online gambling is also coming to Connecticut, but for now, it’s nothing more than that.
Sports betting and daily fantasy sports are also strong possibilities for the near future, to the point of making DraftKings and FanDuel pretty active in the state. The recent partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Victory Square Ventures to create a lab to develop gambling technology just proves something is about to happen in the online gambling area.