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 Connecticut Casino Guide

Connecticut has a two great opportunities for land-based casino lovers: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. These are both top-notch casinos. They have recently approved the building of a third casino.

They also have a state lottery as well as allowing betting on racing, bingo, bazaars and pull-tabs.

There is some movement toward legalizing online casinos and sportsbooks. 

Online Casinos in Connecticut

Although Connecticut has a long tradition with some great land-based casinos, it has not legalized online casinos. There are ongoing discussions between the governor's office and the casino-owning tribes of Connecticut, but so far no agreement has been reached. 

Connecticut expressed some interest in legalizing online casinos in 2012, but conversations never got far enough to call for a vote. 

Connecticut does have nearby states where online casinos are legal: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The success of New Jersey's online casino market has clearly given Connecticut reason to push harder to legalize online casinos in their state. 

The upshot is that you can register with a legal online casino while you're in Connecticut. That means you can get the casino's bonus offers or deposit, and then play whenever you're in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware. (Do be aware of the casino bonus's expiry date, though.)

 Land-Based Casinos in Connecticut

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Connecticut is one of the best states to be in (or next to) for land-based casino gamblers. They have not one, but two of the U.S.'s best casinos!

These are both up-to-date, spacious, and professional casinos. It's no wonder why neighboring states are trying to improve their casinos to compete with Connecticut's gambler's paradise!

Types of Casinos in Connecticut

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There are two Connecticut casinos and both are affiliated with Native American tribes.

A third casino should be breaking ground in 2020. It will also be a Native American casino. 

List of Land-based Casinos in Connecticut

Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • Address: 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT 06338, United States
  • Phone: 860-312-3000
  • Web: https://www.foxwoods.com/

Foxwoods Casino was the first Connecticut casino to open and it is also the second-largest casino in the world.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe which operates the Foxwoods Casino had to sue the state to allow it to open. They argued that since the state legally permitted “Las Vegas Nights,” where low-stakes casino games were operated to benefit charities, then the tribe should be entitled to do the same. Eventually, they won their case before the U.S. Supreme Court and began construction of their Connecticut casino which was financed by a Malaysian conglomerate (after 22 U.S. lenders turned down their loan requests).

When Foxwoods first opened in February 1992, slot machines were not permitted. In January 1993 a deal was made between Governor Weicker and the Pequots which gave the tribe the exclusive right to offer slot machines in return for a yearly payment of 25% of the gross slot revenue. The agreement was subject to cancellation, however, if the state allowed slot machines anywhere else in Connecticut.

In May 2008 a new casino was added at Foxwoods. Originally called the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in 2013 it was renamed the Fox Tower. It is connected to the Foxwoods Casino Resort by a covered, moving, walkway. 

The Fox Tower property has its own casino offering electronic gaming machines, plus the following games:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette
  • Spanish 21 
  • three-card Poker

The games offered at Foxwoods are:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette
  • Spanish 21 
  • three-card Poker
  • baccarat
  • mini-baccarat
  • midi baccarat
  • big six (money wheel)
  • pai gow poker
  • pai gow tiles
  • Caribbean stud poker
  • let it ride
  • casino war
  • Crazy 4 poker
  • bingo
  • keno
  • pull tabs

There is also a Race Book offering off-track betting on horses, greyhounds, and jai-alai.

Mohegan Sun Casino

  • Address: 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382, United States
  • Phone: 860-862-8000
  • Website: https://mohegansun.com/

In early 1994 the Mohegan Tribe signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer casino gambling at their reservation in Uncasville. The Pequots gave permission for the Mohegans to have slot machines in their casino in Connecticut. The same 25% of the gross slot revenue payment schedule also applies to the Mohegans. The payment schedules are subject to cancellation, however, if the state legalizes any other form of casino gambling. The Mohegan casino opened in October 1996.

The games offered at Mohegan Sun are:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette
  • Spanish 21 
  • three-card Poker
  • four-card poker
  • baccarat
  • mini-baccarat
  • pai gow poker
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Caribbean stud poker
  • Mississippi stud
  • sic bo
  • let it ride
  • Texas hold ‘em bonus 
  • keno

There is also a racebook offering off-track betting on horses, greyhounds, and jai-alai.

The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at both casinos in Connecticut are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for both Connecticut casinos.

Connecticut Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Connecticut casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Connecticut, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History of Gambling in Connecticut

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Connecticut has had a slow, steady embrace of gambling since the mid-point of the 1900’s.

Connecticut has allowed some forms of gambling since 1939. That’s when charitable bingo was legalized. Then, in 1955, legislation was passed also allowing raffles and bazars.

Lotteries and pari-mutuel wagering were legalized in 1971.

Special Las Vegas nights, where guests could play limited table games, were first legalized in 1972. These had a run until a 2003 repeal.

As online casino gambling was becoming legal in the U.S., then-governor Malloy pushed for its legalization in 2012. Unfortunately that was rejected.

Timeline of Gambling in Connecticut

  • 1972 Lottery introduced by Commission on Special Revenue (taken over by Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) in 1996)
  • 1939 Bingo legalized
  • 1955 Bazaars and raffles authorized
  • 1987 Sealed tickets (also called pull-tabs) authorized
  • 1972 Non-profits allowed to operate casino games during Las Vegas Night fundraisers (repealed 2003; reinstituted 2017)
  • 1976 Off-track betting allowed under Division of Special Revenue
  • -Greyhound and horse racing and Jai alai are authorized
  • 1992 Foxwoods Resort Casino was opened by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. 
  • 1996  Mohegan Sun was opened by the Mohegan Tribe.

Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations in Connecticut

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The minimum gambling age at both of the Connecticut casinos is 18 for bingo and 21 for the casino. Both Connecticut casinos are open 24 hours. 

Regulatory Organizations

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Gaming Division handles all matters concerning legal gambling in Connecticut, including casinos, lottery, off-track betting, and pari-mutuel betting.

Gambling News in Connecticut

The latest news is that Connecticut has approved the building of a third casino. It will be built in East Windsor, close enough to Springfield, Massachusetts' new MGM property to give it some competition. 

"Concern For Casino Jobs Fuels Malloy's Pursuit Of Online Gambling"

"Online gambling during COVID-19? Gov. Lamont turns down Foxwods, Mohegan request"

"The Real Story: Sports betting in Connecticut?"

Additional Resources

For information on visiting the casinos in Connecticut or general tourism information, call the state’s Vacation Center at (800) 282-6863 or visit their website.

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Gaming Division handles all matters concerning legal gambling in Connecticut, including casinos, lottery, off-track betting, and pari-mutuel betting.

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling


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