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Disclaimer: DraftKings Sportsbook is not yet live in Connecticut. This review is speculative based on its sportsbooks in other states. We will update it when DraftKings launches in Connecticut.
DraftKings began as a daily fantasy sports site, quickly growing into a premier destination for DFS players. Starting a few years ago, DraftKings began operating sportsbooks in many US states, as well. There, too, it has become a market leader. With Connecticut in the process of joining the list of states legalizing sports betting, DraftKings has positioned itself to add the Constitution State to the list of places where it operates.
DraftKings enters Connecticut via its affiliation with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, one of the state’s two federally recognized tribes. In December 2020, DraftKings Connecticut became the official DFS partner of the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino. That alliance also enables DraftKings to operate both retail and online sportsbooks for Foxwoods.
DraftKings comes to Connecticut with a lot of experience operating online sportsbooks in the US. In fact, in the span of just a few short years, it has expanded its sports betting operations into a double-digit number of states.
New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are among those close to Connecticut where DraftKings Sportsbook is already live. The company always integrates its DFS product with its sportsbook, as well as casino in states where that vertical is legal – that will include a DraftKings Casino in Connecticut. What all this means is that users only need one account to bet with DraftKings, regardless of which mix of products they use.
Here’s an overview of what to expect at DraftKings Sportsbook Connecticut, including information about welcome bonuses and promotions, how to get an account and what sports and bets are available.
DraftKings Sportsbook typically offers a couple of welcome bonuses to new customers, both of which are connected to the user’s initial deposit. One is a “free bet,” and the other a deposit matching bonus.
|Online Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook CT|
|DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code CT||TBD|
|Free Bet Bonus||$50 with first deposit|
|Deposit Bonus||20% match up to $1,000 on your first deposit|
|Last Verified||July 2021|
Make a first deposit of at least $5 into your DraftKings Sportsbook account and instantly receive a $50 free bet. You can place the bet anywhere in the sportsbook. The only limitation is that you have to place the bet within seven days of receiving it. Also, you must wager the bonus money (that is, you can’t simply withdraw it). However, any winnings from the bet are yours to keep.
New customers also are eligible for a 20% first deposit match bonus. You will receive the bonus funds as site credits up to a maximum of $1,000. In other words, if you deposit $500, you receive $100 in site credits. You would have to deposit $5,000 to receive the maximum possible $1,000 bonus.
This bonus has a playthrough requirement. For every $25 you wager on DraftKings (either in the sportsbook, on the daily fantasy site or at the casino if available), the operator will release $1 in bonus funds. You have 90 days to satisfy the playthrough requirement and unlock all of the bonus funds.
The $50 free bet compares well to other online sportsbooks, and the first deposit matching bonus is competitive, although there are better ones out there. That said, DraftKings more than makes up for it with its other promotions available to all players. Those who use the sportsbook should also check the daily fantasy sports site, as promotions (some free) turn up there as well. Here are some of the ongoing promotions you might see:
In addition to these and other ongoing promotions, DraftKings also offers a loyalty program that awards Crowns every time you place a wager on the site. You can then redeem these Crowns for DK Dollars and other rewards. It is not a full-fledged loyalty program, but it is another nice bonus that helps incentivize betting on the site.
Note: The site does feature a DraftKings VIP program for high-volume users, although it is invitation only. Those who are interested in the program should email DraftKings to inquire about it.
Creating a DraftKings sportsbook account is a simple and quick process. As noted, you only need to create a single account to access the sportsbook, daily fantasy site and, if available, casino. Visit the DraftKings website and click “Log in,” then look beside the question “Don’t have an account?” and click “Sign up.” From there, you will need to follow these steps:
You’ll notice that when accessing the DraftKings site, you’ll need to allow geolocation on either your computer or mobile device. Once you have an account, you’ll be able to access it from wherever you like, but in order to place any real money wagers, you’ll need to allow geolocation so DraftKings can be sure you are indeed within Connecticut. That means turning off your VPN if you’re using one, before placing your bets.
Providing such information helps DraftKings know that you are who you say you are. It also helps ensure your own security and the integrity of the site, including the safety of any funds you deposit into your account. You can additionally set up what DraftKings calls “strong authentication” for your account for an additional layer of security. If you choose to do so, you’ll receive a security PIN on your mobile phone each time you log in that you’ll then enter before you can access your account (two-factor authentication).
DraftKings is truly a market leader when it comes to its online sportsbook, providing a fantastic and varied menu of bets and markets. These include all of the most popular types of wagers, as well as many proposition bets and less common “exotic” wagers. Here are some of the primary bets folks in Connecticut will find at the DraftKings sports betting:
A moneyline bet is a “straight” bet on one side to win a contest. With these bets, a winning wager on the favorite pays less than a winning bet on the underdog, as the odds for each are different.
American odds, show the favorite as a negative number and the underdog as a positive number. Negative numbers represent the amount you’d have to risk to try to win $100, while positive numbers represent the profit you’d make on a successful $100 bet.
That is, if you bet on the Connecticut Huskies as the favorite at -200 and they win, a $200 wager would pay out $100 profit (i.e. $300 total return including the original stake). If you bet on the Huskies as an underdog at +140 and they win, a successful $100 bet would produce $140 profit, for a total return of $240.
DraftKings displays American odds by default, although you can change them to decimal (European) or fractional (British) if you like. Note that American odds are sometimes called “moneyline odds” even when they’re used for other types of bets.
Point spread bets are wagers on a team to win or lose by at least a particular margin. For example, the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun might be facing a team that they’re expected to beat by four-and-a-half points on average. This would appear on the bet slip as -4.5, while their opponents would be listed at +4.5.
If you place a spread bet on the Sun in that scenario, your bet will succeed only if they win by five points or more. Conversely, a bet on the +4.5 underdog, would succeed either if they win the game outright, or lose by 4 points or fewer. The half-point added to the spread is usually there to prevent ties. However, you may sometimes see spreads ending with a 0 after the decimal point, in which case a draw is possible. When this happens, your stake is returned with no profit or loss, a result also known as a “push.”
The idea of spread bets is to handicap the game so as to make for a closer to 50/50 proposition than a moneyline bet. Thus, the odds are generally close to -110 on both sides for most sports. Many sportsbooks will also offer alternative spreads with different odds.
Bets on “totals” or “over/under” bets are wagers on whether the total combined score of a game will be higher or lower than the specified line. For example, for an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, a sportsbook might set the line at 42.5 points. If the final score was 24-17, for a total of 41, then bets on Under would win, and bets on Over would lose.
As with spreads, the over/under line is generally set so as to produce as close to an even-money proposition as possible. Thus, here too, you’ll usually see odds of -110 on both sides. Also like spreads, you may see totals ending in .0, which means your bet will be a push if the score comes in right on the line.
DraftKings Sports additionally offers lots of player props and game props. This is short for “proposition bets” and means wagers on things other than the final score. These can be almost anything, but there are a few common types you’ll find available for most games.
The most common are bets on just part of the game. These follow the same rules as regular moneylines, spreads and totals, but just for a specific half, quarter, inning or period of the game. Some might be for even shorter periods of time, such as the first ten minutes of the game.
A player prop concerns the performance of a particular athlete. Examples include whether a basketball player scores at least a certain number of points, or whether a running back rushes for at least a certain number of yards.
Game props involve both teams and the full length of the game, but hinge on outcomes other than the score. For instance, you might be betting on whether either team hits a grand slam in the course of a baseball game, or the number of field goals kicked in a football game.
You can also place futures wagers at DraftKings. These are bets on more long-term events, most commonly on which team will ultimately win the playoffs. Other possibilities include whether a certain team qualifies for the playoffs at all, or which player will win season MVP. These wagers can be fun to make and follow, and sometimes yield big payouts when you bet on a less likely outcome and it comes through.
You’ll also find live betting available for many games at DraftKings sports book. Also called in game betting or, as DraftKings calls it, “live in-game” betting, these are bets you make after the game is already underway. They can include moneyline bets, point spreads and totals, as well as various props, with the odds changing rapidly in real time as the game progresses.
For instance, the New York Knicks might start a game as a slight favorite, but fall behind by 10 points early on. A moneyline bet on them before the game started might have had odds of -120, but by the second quarter, you might be able to make a live bet on them at +140. Sometimes you’ll find options that didn’t exist before the game, like betting on the outcome of the current drive in football.
We should also mention how DraftKings in some cases offers the option to cash out of existing bets. Doing so means securing a portion of your win or cutting your potential losses prior to the completion of the game.
DraftKings excels in terms of the number of events available to bet on. It compares favorably to all its competitors in this regard. Here are just some of the sports you might find to wager on:
Naturally, American professional leagues for these sports will be included. You might also find minor and/or foreign leagues for some sports. Betting on college sports should also be possible in general, but there’s been some discussion of prohibiting bets on in-state college teams.
Essentially every game of note is available, with each often featuring dozens of ways to bet upon it, both before the game starts and live.
The DraftKings Sportsbook is attractively designed with its familiar black, green and white color scheme and a smart, intuitive arrangement that is easy to navigate. Along the top row are links to “My Bets” (collecting all of your settled and unsettled bets), live betting options, promotions, pools and customer support. There is also a link to “DraftKings Social,” a way to participate in a community of other sports fans and bettors.
Down the left column are quick links to all the available sports, with popular ones listed up top followed by an alphabetical listing, then other categories (playoff pages, teams, conferences, leagues).
Clicking on a sport brings up all the current games in the center column. Point spreads, total points and moneyline bets are usually what you’ll find here, although you can explore various categories as well (player props, game props, halves, quarters, team futures, player futures, etc.).
When you start choosing bets to place, they appear in your bet slip on the right side along with odds and payouts. When ready to place a bet, simply confirm what is in your bet slip, and you’re all set.
The site is accessible either on a desktop or laptop computer via a web browser or on a mobile device using the free app. The app works for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices, and you can download it directly from the DraftKings website.
The app has all of the same features as the web-based version and enables users to place all of the same bets, including live betting. Mobile users can also access account information, banking options, customer support and all of the other features of the website.
Connecticut sports bettors will have multiple ways to deposit and withdraw funds at the DraftKings Sportsbook. All transactions are encrypted, ensuring they remain secure.
If you use DraftKings’ other sites, keep in mind that it will keep your sportsbook balance separate from your other balances. Also, if you deposit funds into your DFS account, you have to wager that money in daily fantasy sports and cannot simply transfer it over right away. However you can use the money you win at DFS to wager at the sportsbook.
You do not need to be in Connecticut to deposit or withdraw, but you do need to be there if you want to place any wagers.
The minimum deposit for the sportsbook is $5. DraftKings typically provides several depositing options:
There are several ways to withdraw funds from your account as well. The minimum amount to withdraw is $20. Here are the options:
Processing times vary depending on the withdrawal method. DraftKings’ accounting department processes withdrawals Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., meaning withdrawal requests that come after hours Friday or on the weekend will need to wait until the following Monday. Once DraftKings processes the withdrawal, it can take two to eight days for the funds to appear in your bank or PayPal account. Receiving a check by mail can add time, as well.
DraftKings first launched its daily fantasy sports site in 2012, and from the start it made customer service a priority. It has continued that reputation with its sportsbook, with most users expressing positive experiences with DraftKings’ service and responsiveness.
The site features an extensive FAQ that answers common questions regarding bets, promotions, banking and more. You can also message DraftKings directly through the website and get a response via email, or email directly at [email protected] Support hours are 24/7, so expect a relatively fast response.
There is also a live chat feature available at any time. Just click the chat button to message back and forth with a DraftKings representative. A nice added feature to the live chat is the way DraftKings emails you a transcript of the conversation afterward, ensuring you have a record of any information you received. You can also receive support via regular mail, if your query is not urgent.
DraftKings additionally provides detailed help and guidance for new Connecticut sports bettors. The site features pages explaining different bets, how to bet on different sports, common betting mistakes, definitions of terms and general betting rules, rules for various sports, and a lengthy glossary of betting terminology.
It’s no accident why most other online sportsbooks not only view DraftKings as a competitor, but as a model for how to design and run their sites. As soon as it launches in Connecticut, DraftKings will be a top option for bettors in the state.