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Disclaimer: DraftKings online casino is not yet live in Connecticut. This review is speculative based on its offering in other states and will be updated when DraftKings launches its casino here.
DraftKings is best known for daily fantasy sports and sports betting, but it has also become a popular provider of online casino games in several states. As Connecticut joins the list of states with online casinos, DraftKings has moved to bring its wide selection of slots, table games, video poker, live dealer games and exclusive sports-themed casino games to the Constitution State.
DraftKings comes to Connecticut thanks to its alliance with one of the state’s two federally recognized tribes, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. In December 2020, DraftKings Connecticut became the official daily fantasy sports partner of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, which the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation operates. That partnership paved the way for DraftKings later to operate Foxwoods’ retail and online sportsbooks, as well as its online casino.
DraftKings has launched online casinos in several other states, as well, starting in New Jersey in 2019, expanding to Pennsylvania and West Virginia in 2020, and adding Michigan in 2021. Everywhere it operates, DraftKings links its online casino to its daily fantasy sports site and online sportsbook, meaning players need only one account to access all three.
Read on to learn what Connecticut players can expect to find at DraftKings online casino, including information about welcome bonuses and other promotions, features of both the browser and app versions of the site, game selection, banking options and customer service.
DraftKings Casino in Connecticut offers a couple of sign up bonuses to new players. One is a matching deposit bonus that players receive upon making their first deposit at the site. The other is a no deposit bonus, essentially a gift of money with which to try out the casino games risk-free.
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Like other CT online casinos, DraftKings offers a 100% matching deposit bonus for players who are making their initial deposit. The bonus is good for up to $1,500, meaning if you deposit $1,500, you’ll receive $1,500 in bonus money.
The bonus only applies to your first deposit. In order to unlock the bonus money, you’ll have to satisfy a 10x playthrough requirement within 30 days of depositing. That means you’ll have to wager 10 times the bonus amount in order to receive the full bonus, although different games satisfy the playthrough requirement at different rates. Slots, keno and virtual sports count 100% toward the requirement; blackjack and other table games only count 20%; and baccarat, video poker, roulette and live dealer games are only 10%.
To check your progress, click where it says “Free Credits” along the top of the site, then in the sidebar look for “Promotions > Casino > Deposit Bonus” and click on “Track Your Progress” to see how far along you are.
When you first register your account, DraftKings will give you $45 with which to try the games. It is one of the best no deposit bonuses for online casino you’re likely to find. Most competitors either require deposits, or offer a substantially lesser amount, such as $10.
The $45 bonus arrives in your account as “casino credits,” meaning you can’t withdraw the money, but you can use it to play any of the games. Do be aware, however, that you must use all the bonus credits during the first 24 hours after creating your account.
Clicking on the “Rewards” tab shows all of the current promotions available at DraftKings Casino. Typically they include game-specific bonuses, leaderboards and other contests, and refer-a-friend bonuses.
A frequent game-specific bonus is the $10 Blackjack Bonus. After opting in, players then only need to wager at least $10 at a specific blackjack game (e.g., DraftKings Multihand Blackjack) to receive a $5 casino credit that they can use on the same game.
DraftKings also maintains various leaderboards such as for slots or live dealer games. During a given period, players receive points for every dollar they wager, and those who accumulate the most points win cash prizes. Prizes can be as much as $5,000 for the top finishers. Players can take part in other contests, too, such as a Hot Streaks contest in which the player achieving the longest winning streak at a game can win a cash prize.
DraftKings online casino also frequently offers a refer-a-friend bonus. If a friend you refer signs up and deposits at least $100, you each receive $100 in casino credits. Players can collect this bonus multiple times, usually up to five times during the offer period.
DraftKings online casino has no loyalty program per se. That said, the leaderboards described above do function as a kind of rewards program for the most active players. In addition, the site has a program called DraftKings VIP that offers high-volume players exclusive benefits and promotions, personalized contests, higher-level customer support and other perks.
However, the DraftKings VIP program is by invitation only. Players interested in taking part must email the site to inquire.
In order to sign up for a DraftKings account in Connecticut, you must be 21 or older. You won’t have to be in Connecticut to sign up for an account, but you will need to be located in the state to play real money online casino games.
To get started, visit the DraftKings Casino site and click the big green “Log In / Sign Up” button in the upper right corner. From there, you’ll need to create a username and password and provide some personal information:
Along the way, you’ll have to agree to the site’s terms and conditions. Then you’ll have to verify your account with DraftKings via text message. The information you provide helps the site confirm your identity. It also helps DraftKings follow regulations and ensure your own security when playing the games.
DraftKings Casino is accessible on a desktop or laptop computer via any web browser. You can also play the games on your mobile device using the app.
The app is available for Apple and Android devices. In either case, you can visit the website on your device and click the green “Download Now” button, then just follow the directions from there to complete the installation. The website automatically detects which version of the app you’ll need.
As noted, with a single account you can access DraftKings daily fantasy sports, its online sportsbook and its online casino. The app will allow you to move back and forth among them, although you may also need to download the DFS and/or sportsbook apps separately.
The DraftKings online casino is especially well-designed with a clear and intuitive interface, whether you are accessing it via a web browser or the app. In either case, the home screen provides links to all of the available games, rewards and promotions, banking options and customer support.
The site employs the familiar DraftKings green-and-black color scheme. While the home screen highlights featured games, you can also reach games by scrolling or searching. Games are arranged into several categories:
There are also categories for new and popular games, as well as one for the site’s own branded DraftKings games.
Choosing a title brings up that game in a pop-up window. The games run smoothly and feature state-of-the-art graphics and sound that help create an immersive experience. All of the games are easy to navigate and include helpful information regarding game mechanics and payouts.
Speaking of helpful guidance, clicking the “How to Play” tab takes you to the DraftKings Casino Education Hub, where you’ll find a wealth of information about various casino games. The “lessons” include both written rules and instructional videos, and even provide strategy advice for certain games like blackjack, baccarat and video poker where knowing the right moves can greatly increase your chances of winning.
While everyone may not need such help, new players especially can benefit from advice like this, which is a rarity at many other online casinos.
One other nice feature is the ability to play nearly all of the games in demo mode. That lets you try games first and see if you like them (and how to play them) before risking any money.
DraftKings offers an especially large library of games, particularly slots, where players can choose from an array of popular titles. DraftKings works with a number of software providers like NetEnt, IGT, Scientific Games, Spin Games and Evolution Gaming to offer a wide and diverse range of games.
The games available vary from state to state, so we don’t yet know exactly what the collection will be like in Connecticut. Expect a variety of choices, though, as the site currently has access to over 500 games.
Of DraftKings’ total games, well over 400 are slots. Players can bet as little as a penny or as much as $1,500 per spin, depending on the game. Here are some popular titles:
Fans of Slingo games (combining slots and bingo) will find more than 20 titles. There are also several progressive jackpot slots available, all part of IGT’s MegaJackpots network of games. Among those options are the following:
DraftKings lists more than 60 table games, including all the favorites and many variants. You’ll be able to choose from the following:
Blackjack is especially well represented, with more than 20 variants available. Many of these are DraftKings exclusives (see below).
There are a number of popular casino card games among the choices, too, including favorites like Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
Players will find four video poker games, as well, one of which is the Game King video poker suite that includes nine different games.
DraftKings online casino offers a small selection of live dealer games from Evolution Gaming. Live dealer games are broadcast from special studios, enabling players to interact with both dealers and fellow players, much as they would in a brick-and-mortar casino.
DraftKings first launched live dealer games at its New Jersey site, and is gradually adding them in other states, as well. So far, here are some popular live dealer options:
The site also features its own exclusive DraftKings games. These include a number of sports-themed blackjack and roulette games, such as DraftKings Touchdown Blackjack and DraftKings March Mania Roulette. There are also a smattering of other table games in the mix, and some custom slots.
Under the variety category, DraftKings collects other games like keno, Slingo and a couple of virtual sports games. Note that when using the app version of the site, there are fewer games available than there would be on the web-based version.
Like other online casinos, DraftKings provides multiple methods for you to deposit and withdraw funds. All transactions are encrypted. Having many years of experience dating back to the launch of its daily fantasy sports site in 2012, DraftKings has a well-deserved reputation for handling customers’ funds safely and securely.
You will be able to deposit and withdraw funds from outside of Connecticut. Physical presence in the state is only a requirement when it comes to playing.
The minimum deposit at DraftKings is $10. The available options should be similar to those available in other states, namely:
As with most online casinos, there are fewer options for withdrawing funds, although here, too, users have multiple ways to do so. When withdrawing for the first time, you will need to go through a verification process. Here are your probable choices for making a withdrawal:
The amount of time to process your withdrawal depends on the method you choose. Most methods take between two and eight business days, although receiving a check by mail may take longer.
DraftKings offers customer support for its daily fantasy sports site, its online sportsbook and its online casino. In each case, the support is responsive and has received consistently good reviews from users.
Both the browser-based site and app feature the same FAQ section that answers common queries about bets, promotions, account management and banking. The site also features a lot of additional information in its help center, including various informational guides and videos such as the Casino Education Hub described above.
As another option, you can send a message via the site. Click the contact button to start the process and then send the message. DraftKings will respond quickly via email. Support staff members work 24/7, so responses generally arrive very quickly.
You can also use the live chat feature. Click the chat button to begin the conversation with a DraftKings representative. When you are done, DraftKings then automatically emails you a transcript of your chat. Our experience with DraftKings’ live chat has been very positive.
Finally, for less urgent inquiries, you can also contact DraftKings support by regular mail.
It is obvious DraftKings has made customer service a priority. Doing so has helped it become a market frontrunner in both fantasy sports and sports betting. Online casino players get to benefit from this same professionalism and courtesy, helping DraftKings stand out from the crowd when it comes to customer support.