WynnBET Granted First Online Sportsbook License In Massachusetts

Written By Giovanni Shorter on December 14, 2022 - Last Updated on December 15, 2022
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After a nearly seven-hour meeting, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) issued its first online sportsbook license. WynnBET was granted the Massachusetts online sports betting license by the MGC. This is a tethered license and received unanimous approval. WynnBET’s license is through Encore Boston Harbor, which was granted its retail license last week.

Online Sportsbooks Coming To Massachusetts

The MGC was impressed by WynneBET’s presentation. This led to unanimous approval by the commission. The MGC was intended to also vote on the Caesars Sportsbook’s application, however, they did not have time following WynnBET’s.

Representatives from the popular sportsbook spent the meeting explaining the technology. They discussed how the sportsbook app runs, how residents will place bets, and other elements surrounding sports betting.

WynnBET is active in nine markets currently with plans to launch in several more in 2023. Massachusetts’ market still has no official launch date for online sports betting but this approval means WynnBET will be available on launch day. The commission will discuss Caesars’ application during Wednesday’s meeting. This is a full week of sportsbook discussions for the commission.

Will More Sportsbooks Be Approved?

Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM are also awaiting discussion surrounding their Massachusetts online sports betting applications. The commission will be discussing both of these operators this week. Additionally, the remaining two retail sportsbooks will be reviewed after being deferred to this week after lawmakers declared they needed more time.

Barstool Sportsbook is also up for a sports betting license with Plainridge Park Casino. During last week’s meeting, the commission decided to defer its vote on Barstool due to its controversial CEO Dave Portnoy. The commission will be taking a closer look at this application as well.

Barstool Sportsbook would bring both a retail and online operation to the Bay State. Penn National, the parent company of both Barstool and Plainridge Park would miss out massively if they are denied a Massachusetts sports betting license. They will work diligently to please the commission during this week’s meeting.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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