Provided there are no unwelcome surprises in Connecticut, CT sports betting apps will go live for all eligible bettors in the Nutmeg State on Tuesday, Oct. 19. That’s following a soft launch period to give everyone involved a “trial run.”
That means anybody within Connecticut borders has a week to prepare for the full launch of online sports betting in their state. Among the things to consider are which apps are easiest to use, offer the greatest variety of ways to bet, and have the best promotions for new customers in CT.
How to get started with CT sports betting apps
When CT online sportsbooks go live, there will be the option to bet on a desktop or laptop computer. The ultimate convenience, however, comes in betting on your mobile device. You can stay on top of the action from anywhere in the state that way.
What’s important regardless of whether you’re mobile or not is making sure that you’re eligible to bet on sports in CT. Those requirements are:
- At least 21 years of age
- Located somewhere within the borders of CT
- Not on any gambling self-exclusion lists
CT also has some rules regarding which apps you can use on sovereign tribal lands. Essentially, you can only wager with each tribal casino’s partner for sports betting while you’re on those reservations. For the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, that’s DraftKings Sportsbook. For the Mohegan Tribe, that’s FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you fit all the eligibility requirements and have a smartphone with an Internet connection, you’re ready to get started. The process is pretty similar regardless of which device you’re using.
All operating systems welcome in CT
Whether you’re on an Android phone, iPad, iPhone, or a tablet running on Android makes little difference at this point. Regardless, the steps you need to follow from this point forward are nearly identical.
Note that you can register for all three CT sports betting apps. Actually, it’s best to do so. That way, you can shop for the best odds and take advantage of all the offers that the operators have in store for bettors in CT.
To get started, visit the App Store on your iOS device or the Google Play Store on your Android device. Search for the apps you want to use, then download and install them. CT law restricts each bettor to just one account with each sportsbook, so you’ll need to note whether you have existing accounts with DraftKings, FanDuel, or SugarHouse Sportsbook.
If you do, you can simply sign in with your existing username(s) and password(s). The app should verify your eligibility in CT then you’ll be ready to rock. All/any rewards you’ve built up with those sportsbooks should be ready for your use there, too.
What if I’ve never bet with any of these apps before?
If you’re brand new to any of the three CT books, then you’re still just moments away from getting started. You’ll need to create a new account, which you can do for free and completely in the app. You’ll just need to provide the sportsbook with a few pieces of information so it can verify your eligibility under CT law.
That includes your:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Last four digits of your Social Security Number
- Legal name
- Mailing address
- Phone number
If you don’t live in CT but plan to visit to make some bets, don’t fret. You can actually sign up from anywhere. The only time you’ll actually have to be somewhere in CT is when you submit your bet slip. All the other app functions are available to you in Massachusetts or New York, for instance.
That includes depositing funds so you can place your first wagers. CT sportsbooks provide a number of options for making that deposit and you’ll want to note the bonuses they offer in exchange for you handing over some cash.
Don’t make your first deposit without noting bonuses
Most of the best promos for new bettors in CT coincide with your first deposit into your account there. For that reason, don’t ignore the notifications from/in the app or trash the emails you get after registering before checking them out. They could include details on how you can get free bets, funds matching, and other perks.
When you’re ready to take advantage of those offers, the apps afford you a number of ways to make your qualifying deposits. In CT, those include:
- ACH payments
- Credit cards
- Debit cards
- Prepaid cards
- Wire transfers
Once the app verifies your deposit, you’re ready to place your first bet(s). Look over the lines, do your homework, and then stake your claim. As with all forms of gambling, do it responsibly, and have fun.