Entertainment and Nightlife Attractions

Connecticut is an alluring beauty that enables its citizens to glory by harboring a safe space with mirth and entertainment. Quite likely indeed, it is called the ‘magnet state’ across the world, for it provided shelter to 16,500 new families as per the 2020 reports. Though a young gambling state to be more precise, the state is seemingly growing its nightlife, with full vigour.

Connecticut has much to offer in terms of education, healthcare, low violent rate, etc. The recent reports rate Connecticut as the number one state for preparing teens and young adults for college. With a promising future in store, Connecticut witnesses a spike in immigration every year. The geographical proximity to seas and mountains also adds up to the preference. With a 2000-mile hiking trail, across the mountains, and approximately 23 lake beaches and sandy ocean trails, citizens are simply lured into the natural riches. The bounty of the state is well understood by the fact that there is an availability of a park for every 15-minute radius. Entertainment and art too play a pivotal role in reshaping the culture of the state. The city is daunted with over 15 visual recreational sectors in the form of galleries and museums, 10 of which mark historical significance.

Nightlife in Connecticut

Connecticut can rightfully be called a bustling city of fun and entertainment, and the nightlife reveals the picture. People groove in the metal tunes alongside roadside cafes and pubs. Just as the sun goes down, the city wears up a neon-lit demeanor. The small state has a distribution of 110 craft breweries and wineries, indicating the glamorous festive life of the people. And quite distinctly, the state holds the record of having the second-largest resort casino in the United States. The Mohegan Cashville is often regarded as the most popular juncture in the state for the busy nightlife.

Gambling, Casino Resorts and Online Casinos in Connecticut

The nightlife of the Connecticut citizens attained a new flicker of hope as they obtained permission for online gambling on May 27, 2021. This move is significant to the Connecticut economy, as Ned Lamont joined the deal with two leading casinos, Mohegan Tribe, and Mashantucket Pequot with views of expansion. Thus, in October, a free trial period was run down, which paved the way for the two huge firms. As per the 2023 statistical reports of December offered by Covers.com, DraftKings earned a significant share of $22.8 million, and Mohegan Sun CT gained $16.5 million. These huge revenues represent an increase of 74%.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino or the DraftKings Casino was the first one to be opened in Connecticut by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in 1992. It was followed by the extremely popular Mohegan Tribe operated by Mohegan Sun in 1996, which is the second-largest casino in the US. Both casinos are permissible by the ‘Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to offer games under the jurisdictions of the state, as well as popularise video facsimile machines in their respective casinos. Both the casinos are obliged to pay an 18.5% tax for the first 5 years, followed by an accession of 20% tax summing up to $500,000 for the Mohegan Sun alone. There are some other gambling options that players can access too.

Types of Legal Gambling:

  • Off-track Betting: It was operated by the Division of Special Revenue from 1976. But, it was sold off to Autotote Enterprises, Inc. in 1993, and has been functioning to date.
  • Horse Racing: Connecticut has permission to conduct horse races, but no tracks or stadiums have been opened or launched for the venture.
  • Live greyhound racing: This gypsy sport started in the early days of 1976, as the Plainfield Greyhound Park opened. The Bridgeport Jai Alai Park was transformed into the Shoreline Star Greyhound Park for the sheer popularity of the sport in 1995.
  • Jai Alai: It was highly popular in the 1970s, which led to the consequent opening of frontons in the regions of Hartford and Bridgeport. However, the popularity diminished with time, which eventually led to the closing of the parks.
  • Poker: Poker had been out of the bounds for the citizens for the longest period, but the recent law lifted the ban on poker. Though online poker sites are available in online casinos, the poker rooms remain inaccessible in the state. Thus players have a limited option to ‘online social casinos’, or a ‘sweepstakes poker site’. Some popular ones include the Global Poker, Pot Limit Omaha, etc.

Legalization and Regulation of online casinos in Connecticut

Lamont’s master’s license assigned to the two casinos provided them with the federal power to be the only two functioning online casinos in Connecticut. Besides the master license, these two casinos also bear the ‘Connecticut Lottery’, another master license for sports betting operated in land-based casinos.

Currently, the DCP is primarily responsible for regulating all gambling practices in the state. Other organizations that keep a steady check on illegal gambling include federal, state, and local law enforcement. No non-profit organizations are permitted to host an event without prior notice or permit. However, qualified and renowned non-profit organizations can access licenses for raising funds after conducting several activities. For example, Bingo came into being in Connecticut in early 1939, sealed tickets’ authorization started in 1887, etc. There were several fundraisers from the Las Vegas Night from 1972, till 2003. However, after almost two decades, non-profit organizations regained their accessibility to certain licenses for conducting fundraisers and events.

The prerequisite for any player to participate in any online, in-person betting or sports wagering must be 21 years. Players over 18 years old are allowed to participate in fantasy contests, keno, or lottery tickets. They can participate in a few permissible games hosted by non-profit organizations.


Though Connecticut is regarded as an opportune city of flamboyance and gaiety, it has yet to develop and grow the gaming platform. Duopoly is exerted by the two permissible casinos, which generate a large revenue for themselves, as well as the state. Thus, it is the sheer economic dominance that the two casinos hold over Connecticut, which bars them from being scrapped or removed in the future, even if lawmakers wish so. The growing popularity of the casinos can only ascertain other casinos to be set up in the state, contributing to the happiness and joy of the people.