BetMGM Takes Sports Betting To Cruise Ships; How That Works Legally

Written By Stephen Andress on June 17, 2022
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BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced Friday a new partnership with Carnival Corporation to deliver retail and mobile sports betting to cruise ship guests. How does the BetMGM – Carnival cruise ships partnership work with laws varying by location and, within the United States, by state?

Simply put, there are no sports betting laws on the open sea.

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Unlike in the United States, where each state can decide whether or not to legalize sports betting and in what capacity, the same rules don’t apply for cruise ships once they hit open waters.

According to BeetMGM, being on international waters does not require a license with a specific regulator or gaming governing body. So the the partnership with Carnival is sufficient.

So for Carnival cruise guests, both the BetMGM sports betting kiosks and the mobile apps will be available in the coming months and operating on the ships while in international waters.

Cash bets will also be accepted at a betting window.

More on the partnership

Through this partnership, gaming will be available on more than 50 ships ported in the U.S. spanning Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. BetMGM’s platform will roll out in phases over the coming months.

“We’ve found an ideal partner in Carnival Corporation and look forward to providing our sports betting and iGaming products to its millions of passengers,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “This is another great opportunity for us to further expand BetMGM’s footprint.”

Marty Goldman, SVP Global Casino Operations for Carnival Corporation, said, “We’re very proud to be able to deliver the excitement and engagement of sports betting and iGaming to our guests through our partnership with BetMGM. Our two leading global hospitality organizations will provide a wide array of immersive digital content as a complement to our exceptional shipboard casinos.”

Responsible Gaming Still A Focus

BetMGM will also continue to provide resources to help customers play responsibly. That includes GameSense, developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

Through the GameSense integration within BetMGM’s mobile and desktop platforms, customers can directly access responsible gaming tools, such as limiting monthly deposit amounts and self exclusion.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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