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Massachusetts Sports Betting

The Massachusetts Sports Betting Conference Committee has agreed on legislation to allow professional and collegiate sports on August 1, 2022.

Commissioner Bradford Hill of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and MA Senator Eric Lesser anticipate it will take 90-days for sports wagering to go live.

However, according to other officials involved in the process, it may take up to 5 months.

It is anticipated that up to 15 sports betting companies will be allowed to operate once bidding begins.

Massachusetts Sportsbooks

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Massachusetts Betting Apps

Sports betting in Massachusetts edged closer to reality after lawmakers reached an agreement on a bill on the final day before the 2022 session was to end. The bill became official on Wednesday, August 10 after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the sports betting bill into law.

 

When Massachusetts does join the ever-growing list of states with legal sports betting, you can expect all the major players in the U.S. sports betting space to be in the mix, with FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook and Caesars among them. And we’ll be there with our list of the top online sportsbooks to consider.

Massachusetts Promos and Bonuses

The addition of mobile sports betting in MA will mean bonuses and offers galore for anyone making wagers within state lines. We encourage everyone to maximize their bonus and offer exposure, since many of these first-time inducements result in real cash landing in sports bettors’ accounts, with little playthrough required (for the most part).

Massachusetts Sports Betting Quick Facts

🚀 Launch Date       TBD
💰 # of Betting Sites       0
📱 Online Sports Betting       ❌ No
🎰 Retail Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
🖥️ Online Casino       ❌ No
🃏 Retail Casino       ✅ Yes
🏈 College Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
🌎 2022 Population (est.)       6.96 million
💸 Tax Rate       20% online, 15% retail

How to Bet in Massachusetts

Choose your sportsbook

When sports betting is officially legalized in MA, you can consult our top list for the best sports betting options available to you. Our interactive list will allow you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.

If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Massachusetts once sports betting is legalized. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.

Register online

Registration requirements will vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.

Deposit and claim your bonus

Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it will be time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Massachusetts residents should come in one of two forms:

  • Risk-free bets: This offer guarantees you a refund on your first wager if it is graded as a loss. The sportsbook will refund your initial bet amount (up to a specific limit) either as cash or as site credit.

  • Deposit match: This offer sees the sportsbook match your initial deposit dollar-for-dollar, though there are two caveats. The deposit match will come with a maximum limit, and in the majority of cases you will be required to “play through” your initial deposit by a certain multiple in order to earn the bonus.

Select and finalize your bet

Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.

From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.

Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!

Massachusetts Legal Sports Betting History

The House of Representatives wants a sports betting bill. The Senate wants a sports betting bill. And sports-hungry Massachusetts natives definitely want a sports betting bill. So what’s the hold-up?

Despite widespread interest in sports betting legislation, neither side has been able to come to a consensus about what should be in the final bill. The biggest rock to clear: Whether Bay Staters should be allowed to wager on college sports, one of the biggest sports betting markets in North America.

Here’s a look at Massachusetts’ sports betting history:

2018-19: Bills Fail to Gain Traction

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, Massachusetts lawmakers had an eye on legal sports betting. Senator Eileen Donoghue introduced the state’s first sports betting bill in January 2018, though it didn’t end up going very far.

The 2019 legislative session saw multiple sports betting bills introduced, but there wasn’t enough traction on any of them to warrant attention beyond a first reading.

2020: Time Runs Out on Legislation

Increased focus on sports betting across the U.S. prompted the House to attempt to inject sports betting into the state’s 2020 economic development bill.

But beyond the challenge of having just two weeks before the expiry of the legislative session, the amendment did not please the Senate, which moved ahead with a bill without any sports betting language.

Time eventually ran out on the House’s quest to introduce sports betting in 2020, effectively pushing the timeline back a year.

2021: Bills, Bills, Bills – But No Deal

Need proof that Massachusetts lawmakers were high on sports betting? At one point there were nearly two dozen different bills in the hopper – and the House managed to whittle down its efforts to Bill H3977, which passed the lower chamber with ease.

Unfortunately, the Senate proved to be the death knell for yet another year. In addition to not seeing eye-to-eye with the House on certain elements of its finalized bill, the Senate president also deprioritized sports betting as the year went on, suggesting that there were other matters more worthy of the upper chamber’s time.

H3977 didn’t make it past the Ways and Means Committee, ending any hopes for approved sports betting legislation in 2021.

2022: College Betting a Sticking Point

When even the Governor is urging legislators to put a sports betting bill in front of him, you know it’s time to settle some differences. And yet, despite both sides wanting the same goal, the House and Senate continued to spar over key issues that prevented either side from presenting a united bill for signing.

Negotiations continued into June, with both sides reportedly deadlocked on college sports betting, the tax rate on gross gaming revenue, and how many licenses will be available once sports betting legislation crosses the finish line.

2022: August 1 Becomes a Historic Day

Sunday August 1 will go down in history as a great day for the Massachusetts faithful in regards to sports betting. Working into the middle of the night, House speaker Ron Mariano announces a sports betting deal around 5 am est with a 36-4 vote. The last step is an official signature by the Governor.

2022: August 10 

Gov. Charlie Baker makes things official, signing the states sports betting bill into law.

Responsible Gaming in Massachusetts

Like most states, Massachusetts has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots. 

The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health offers quick access to a number of important resources, including a self-assessment quiz, an application for voluntary self-exclusion and access to help via live chat.

Visit the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health site.

Sports Leagues to Bet On

It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Massachusetts bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):

  • NFL
  • NCAA Football
  • NBA
  • NCAA Basketball
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Auto Racing
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • MMA

That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Massachusetts is currently prohibited:

  • Politics
  • Entertainment (including major awards ceremonies)
  • Esports

Massachusetts Teams to Bet On

Once sports betting is legalized, Boston’s major pro sports teams will go from racking up titles to collecting bets from one of America’s most rabid fan bases. Each of Boston’s sports franchises is steeped in history and tradition, and with many supporters already aligned with DraftKings’ DFS offering, the transition to betting should be a smooth one.

Here’s a look at the four major professional franchises that play their home games in Massachusetts:

New England Patriots Betting

DraftKings has every intention of dominating in the state of Massachusetts – and it’s already off to a great start at the home of the Patriots. DraftKings operates its Fantasy Sports Zone in Gillette Stadium – and while the NFL prohibits sportsbooks operating out of its stadiums, it’s no stretch to imagine DK having a lounge built nearby. 

Boston Celtics Betting

The Celtics and DraftKings are also linked through DK’s fantasy sports property, having entered into a partnership back in February 2020. Combined with DraftKings having established itself as the league’s official sports betting operator, it won’t take long for DK and the Celtics to forge a lengthy agreement when a sports betting bill is passed.

Boston Red Sox Betting

Will the Red Sox follow the example set by the NL-rival Washington Nationals? The Nats are the first Major League Baseball team whose stadium is connected to a retail sports betting venue (BetMGM Sportsbook). Fenway Park is one of the oldest parks in baseball, but there’s optimism that something could be built at or near the stadium.

Boston Bruins Betting

The Bruins and Celtics will likely see the same agreement with DraftKings, given that they share the same home venue. And while DK has a massive advantage by virtue of having set up its headquarters in Massachusetts, there will almost certainly be other sportsbook operators seeking branding or signage deals with one of the NHL's most storied franchises.

Massachusetts Retail Sportsbooks

Massachusetts currently operates five casinos: Two commercial venues, two casinos on tribal lands, and one specifically for slot machines. It’s expected that retail sports wagering would take place at most, if not all, of those locations. Check in regularly to see which Massachusetts casinos offer sports betting opportunities.

Massachusetts Sports Betting FAQ

Can I legally wager on sports in the state of Massachusetts?

Leag sports betting is coming! The sports betting bill passed before the 2022 session ended in August, and Gov. Charlie Baker made it official, signing the sports betting bill into law on Wednesday. August 10.

Will I be permitted to bet in Massachusetts even if I don’t live there?

You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw at any of the state’s retail sportsbooks, even if you don’t reside in Massachusetts. 

Will I be able to bet on esports in Massachusetts?

It’s unclear whether the final form of legislation will have esports in it, but there is nothing to suggest at the moment that it will be part of the signed bill.

How big is the Massachusetts sports betting market?

Massachusetts’ arrival into the legal sports wagering arena will be welcome news for major operators in the space, with the state ranking 16th overall in population with 6.92 million people (2022 estimate).

Who will be responsible for overseeing sports betting in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will likely have jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including licensing and regulation forms, compliance information and monthly revenue figures.

Which mobile sportsbook operators will be first to market in Massachusetts?

There is absolutely no doubt which sports betting company will be the first to take legal sports wagers in the Bay State. DraftKings has positioned itself to be the unquestioned leader in sports wagering in Massachusetts – but with up to six licenses expected to be available, expect competition from operators like BetMGM, Caesars and FanDuel.