Sports Fans Rejoice: Legal In-Person Sports Betting Comes to MA

Sports Fans Rejoice Legal In-Person Sports Betting Comes to MA
Mike Noblin
Written by Mike Noblin
February 2, 2023

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The wait is finally over for sports betting fans in Massachusetts! On January 31, 2023, the state officially launched in-person sports betting at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park Casino. With this launch comes many new opportunities for bettors across the state.

This marks a major milestone for the Bay State. Sports betting is legal in more than two dozen states in the United States, with many offering in-person betting. Currently, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming all offer legal in-person sports betting.

Massachusetts' First Legal Sports Bets: A Star-Studded Event

The excitement surrounding the launch was palpable as many people gathered at the casinos to participate in this historic event. Social media was abuzz with posts about MA's new sports betting industry and tips for those who wanted to get involved.

At the WynnBET Sportsbook Windows at Encore, 32 lucky guests were invited to make history as they placed some of Massachusetts' first legal sports bets. It was a star-studded event with former Boston greats Johnny Damon, Matt Light, Ty Law, and more joining in on the action—most betting on either an Eagles or Celtics victory this year.

Online sports betting is expected to arrive in Massachusetts sometime in March, just in time for March Madness. 11 online sportsbooks have confirmed that they will launch their services this month, with Betway being the only one of note that has said it will be a bit tardy.

Additionally, Raynham Park, a simulcast venue, will open its 30,000-square-foot sportsbook operated by Caesars sometime in the spring. This means US citizens can look forward to more options when placing bets on their favorite teams and players.

Where to Place Your Bets

Those looking to place bets in person can do so at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. BetMGM is available at MGM Springfield, WynnBET is available at Encore Boston Harbor, and DraftKings Sportsbook is available at Plainridge Park Casino. All three casinos offer retail sportsbooks and mobile betting apps that can be used within the casino property.

Sports fans can place wagers on professional and college teams if those teams aren't located within the state. With a minimum age of 21, bets can only be placed with cash or debit cards at designated casinos. This regulation allows citizens who like games of chance to enjoy themselves responsibly while protecting minors and high school sports from gambling-related activities.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein said that the launch of sports betting is an "important milestone" for the state. She also noted that the MGC is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for bettors.

Meanwhile, bettors are thrilled to have another form of entertainment available. One resident, John Smith, said he was looking forward to placing his first legal sports bet in Massachusetts. He added that he was confident that the MGC would ensure a fair and transparent system for all bettors.

The Benefits of Regulated Sports Betting for Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has estimated that sports betting could bring in up to $35 million annually in tax revenue for the state. This money can fund public services such as education and infrastructure projects. Additionally, it could boost local businesses by providing them with more customers.

Sports betting also has the potential to benefit society by providing people with a safe and regulated form of gambling. This could help reduce illegal gambling activity, which can lead to criminal activities such as money laundering and fraud. Furthermore, it could provide an additional entertainment source for those looking for something different than traditional forms of gambling.

Overall, sports betting in Massachusetts is expected to have a positive impact on both the economy and society of the state. It will create jobs, generate revenue for the state, and provide an additional entertainment source for those interested in sports betting.

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21+ to wager. Please Gamble Responsibly. Call 1-800-NEXT-STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (KS, NV), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-270-7117 for confidential help (MI). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY) Call 1-800-327-5050 (MA).

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