Got Some Questions About Gambling in Connecticut? Let's See if we Can Answer Them
Foxwoods Casino and the Mohegan Sun are in fact, two of the world's biggest casinos. With such a small number of casinos, you may be wondering where you stand, legally, if you decide to make a wager or two. Let's see if we can answer some of your questions.
Is it legal to gamble on the internet in Connecticut?
In the State of Connecticut internet gambling is not authorized licensed, permitted or regulated in any manner. Unless the gambling activity has been specifically authorized by law, under the General Statutes of Connecticut, it is illegal.
Gambling online, via the internet has not been authorized, and that includes the buying of raffle tickets online. It also states that even if a gambling website has been licensed and regulated in another jurisdiction, it will still be illegal for anyone residing in Connecticut to use it for gambling purposes.
Is it legal to play poker games or tournaments at commercial bars?
The General Statutes of Connecticut list poker as one of the forms of gambling that's illegal. There are exceptions from prosecution and punishment for people who gamble "incidental to a bona fide social relationship". Provided no one other than those playing receive anything from the game. Holding poker games or tournaments in commercial bars or other similar places is against the law. Poker is only permitted at the two tribal casinos.
Do non-residents have to pay state income tax on gambling winnings?
Presently, non-residents who win while gambling only have to pay Connecticut income tax if the winnings are as a result of playing the state-run lottery. Casino and pari-mutual winnings of non-residents are not subject to state income tax. Proposals were made in 2005, 2007 and 2008, to change this rulings but the proposal did not make it into law. For a short time, in 2002, income tax was imposed on casino winnings over $5,000 but before the provision came into effect it was repealed.
What is the situation for professional gamblers?
A person who participates in professional gambling is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. But be aware that you're not off the hook if you don't consider yourself to be a professional. A person who engages in gambling or solicits or induces another to engage in gambling will be considered guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
What gambling activities are accepted?
Permitted activities include the operation of, or participation in a state lottery, pari-mutual betting at race tracks which have been licensed by the state. Off-track betting conducted by the state or a licensed operator, promotional prize draws are also permitted. As is a sweep stake. The Mashantucket Pequot tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut are permitted to use and be in possession of any gambling device for the purpose of training.
The future is looking a little brighter for gamblers in Connecticut because the state is about to expand its gambling options by building a third casino, adding a number of off-track betting venues and laying the foundations for more online sports betting options. However, don;t get the flags out just yet because the legislation is still waiting to be signed. And even then it could be several years before the planned third casino welcomes players through the door.