Massachusetts Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in MA

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Legal sports betting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is set to be up-and-running later this year, or in early 2023 at the latest. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill to legalize sports wagering in the Bay State on Aug. 10. There is expected to be seven online sports betting licenses given out initially after regulations are put into place.

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Massachusetts sports betting

People in Massachusetts will soon be able to bet on sports on their phone or in retail sportsbooks in the state. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is currently sorting through regulations and will soon approve licenses for online sportsbooks and brick-and-mortar books.

Likely online sports betting sites include DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars and Barstool Sports. There will likely be five retail sportsbooks, including Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park Casino, Suffolk Downs and Raynham Park.

Massachusetts sports betting will include some college sports betting, which had been a hold-up among lawmakers on Beacon Hill. Bettors in Mass. will not be allowed to legally bet on colleges within the state, unless they are part of a postseason tournament. So those hoping to bet on Boston College football are out of luck – unless the Eagles make a bowl game.

It will be fair game, of course, for Boston fans to bet on the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution.

When will Massachusetts sports betting start?

This million-dollar question remains unanswered. Massachusetts sports betting will start soon after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has regulations in place. MGM Springfield recently said that it could have legal sports betting up and running within 90 days after regulations are set.


October 28, 2022 – The MGC denied DraftKings consideration and will stick with set sports betting timeline.

October 26, 2022 – DraftKings representatives reached out to the MGC urging them to reconsider the current sports betting timeline.

October 19, 2022 – The MGC announces that 29 operators are vying for sports betting licenses. The list includes Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

October 6, 2022 – During an MGC open meeting, lawmakers present a sports betting launch aggressive timeline. The target is for retail to be live in January and online sports betting live by February 2023.

September 30, 2022 – The MGC releases the Promulgation of Sports Wagering in Massachusetts update, including a milestone chart showing what they have accomplished thus far.

September 22, 2022 – Several sportsbook entities aiming to launch in Massachusetts discussed their concerns over the temporary license issues with the MGC.

September 15, 2022 – The temporary license hearing held by the MGC ended without rules being set. The language surrounding the rules of the temporary licenses and the potential for sportsbooks to launch and be forced to shut down operations led to the delay.

September 8, 2022 – The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held its first meeting covering the rules for the Massachusetts sports betting market.

August 10, 2022 – H 5164 is signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, officially regulating sports betting in Massachusetts.

August 1, 2022 – Lawmakers in Massachusetts successfully pass H 5164 and advances the bill to the Governors desk. Once signed, regulated sports betting will be law in Massachusetts.

April 29, 2022 – S 2844 passes in the Massachusetts State Senate and advances to the House for consideration.

April 25, 2022 – Both the House and Senate host sports betting bills. The House is looking to push H 3993 while the Senate is pushing S 269.

September 14, 2021 – Governor Charlie Baker publicly pushes for sports betting in Massachusetts.


Can you bet on sports legally in Massachusetts?

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill on Aug. 10, 2022 to make online sports betting legal.

When will Massachusetts sports betting start?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is sorting through regulations. Once regulations are put in place, online sports betting sites will be given licenses and then will be able to launch.

Will mobile and online sports betting be allowed in Massachusetts?

Yes, Mass. sports bettors will be allowed to bet from the comfort of their home – on their phones for computers.

Is retail sports betting coming to Massachusetts?

Yes, retail sports betting will be available at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, Suffolk Downs and several other locations within Massachusetts.

What is the legal gambling age in Massachusetts?

The legal gambling age in Massachusetts is 21. It’s expected that sports betting rules and regulations will call for the same.

Is it legal to bet on Bovada in Massachusetts?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal to play on in Massachusetts, nor in any other US state for that matter. Playing on an offshores sportsbook comes with several risks, not the least of which is the loss of your money or your identity. Bovada and other offshore barnds are not bound by US or Massachusetts consumer protections or regulations, which means you have limited options for any recourse.

Who sets the rules for Massachusetts sports betting?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will oversee sports betting in the state. The agency oversees all other gambling in the state.


BetMGM Springfield Averts MA Sports Betting Hiccup

November 29, 2022

MGM Springfield avoided potential trouble despite a late submission of its Category 1 MA sports betting license application.  The MA Gaming Commission voted at Tuesday’s meeting to accept the late submission from MGM Springfield.  There is no competitive process for Category 1 (retail casino) licenses. Retail Massachusetts sports betting is expected to go live in the […]

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Fifteen Sportsbooks Apply For Massachusetts Licenses At Deadline

November 22, 2022

The Massachusetts sports betting picture is becoming clearer. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission received 15 total sports betting operator applications by Monday’s 2 p.m. deadline.  The state can have up to 15 online sports betting operators. There were six applicants for the untethered online sports betting licenses.  Each applicant had to submit a $200,000 fee.  The […]

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Ads Concern MA Sports Betting Regulators

November 16, 2022

The MA Gaming Commission held an expert roundtable Monday regarding marketing and advertising with legal MA sports betting set for launch early next year.  Executives from NESN, FOX25, MLB and the American Gaming Association participated.  The MA Senate attempted to ban sports betting ads during the legislative process. But that controversial policy did not make […]

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