Massachusetts Sports Betting 2022 News and Updates

Massachusetts Sports Betting Legal Updates

Massachusetts sports betting is on its way! Governor Charlie Baker has leant his signature to the Massachusetts Sports Betting Act, and the state is looking to prepare for the launch of legal wagering. Massachusetts sports fans are undoubtedly excited to place real money bets on the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox. The New England Patriots are currently 1-1 and looking for a big win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. Plenty of major sportsbooks should become available in the state, such as FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts, BetMGM Sportsbook Massachusetts, Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts, and DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts. Keep up on all the most recent updates with this Massachusetts sports betting guide.

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Sports Betting Bill Signed!

Lawmakers in Massachusetts had until July 31 to pass their sports betting bill, at which point it would be pushed to the following year if it didn’t pass. They took discussions to the final hours of the 31st, when eventually House Speaker Ron Mariano announced that a sports betting deal had been made.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Act into law on Aug. 10.

Details of Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill

A conference committee of legislators from the House and the Senate have been meeting for months t0 negotiate sports betting in the state despite there being some heavy resistance in the Senate. After several months of discussions, the House and the Senate finally came to an agreement on a tax rate, rules on college sports, number of licenses, and more. Here’s what they have decided:

The bill will enforce a 20% tax rate on mobile operators and a 15% tax rate on retail operators. It will also include the Senate-proposed ban on bets on in-state college teams (except in tournament play), no credit cards allowed for depositing funds, and the discussed advertising ban will not be in effect. The state will issue seven licenses to various mobile operators and and will also allow for casinos and racetracks to receive sports betting licenses.

All eyes were on Governor Charlie Baker to put pen to paper and provide his signature on the bill, which was expected given his expressed support for the bill throughout the process. On August 10th, 2022, Baker officially signed the sports betting bill into law.

Failed Attempts in Recent Years

Sports betting in Massachusetts was put on hold in mid-2020 after the Senate scrapped sports betting from the economic development bill, H4887. After getting a huge thumbs up from the House, the Senate felt the bill was better amended without the sports betting language in it. Massachusetts was expecting to get sports betting in 2020, and while possible, the state failed to get any kind of lone sports betting bill done.

Then in 2021, sports betting bills were met with similar fates as the House passed multiple sports betting bills throughout the year, and all were met with opposition from the Senate which stalled all of the bills. Lawmakers then had between Jan.5 and July 31 of 2022 to come up with legislation that would pass, or sports betting would not be an option until 2023.

Massachusetts Sports Betting News

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received early Notices of Intent from 42 different entities looking to apply for a mobile sports betting license. It’s generally a long road from legalization to launch, but these are definitely positive signs. Make sure to keep an eye on this page as more news about the rollout of MA sports betting continues to develop.

New England Patriots 2022 NFL Season Preview

PatriotsNew England Patriots fans have little to worry about with head coach Bill Belichick calling the shots. Belichick is a proven winner, with six rings to show for it. However, recent years have seen the departures of the head coach’s mainstays such as QB Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who were both largely responsible for taking the Pats to the Super Bowl in the past. Still, new QB Mac Jones showed that he can take control of an offense in his rookie year, and another season with the team should result in more growth. The current win total for the New England Patriots is 8.5 on Caesars Sportsbook.

Is Sports Betting Coming to Massachusetts in 2022?

Hopefully. Now that the bill has been passed by both chambers, the governor needs to sign the legislation as soon as possible to get the ball rolling. Massachusetts could very likely get it operational even before 2022 ends and in time for some betting on football this season, but they will have to move fast if that’s the case as the application and licensing process can be strenuous and excessive. Having only seven mobile operators allowed will help their case, but some states can take up to a year to launch after legalization so it could take a bit of time before it’s a reality in the Commonwealth.

Top 5 Mobile Sportsbook Options

Here are the current top five online and mobile sportsbook options if The Commonwealth launches sports wagering.

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DraftKings

DraftKings is not only one of the top choices for a sportsbook in the Bay State, but it is headquartered within Boston. DraftKings has been at the forefront of lobbying efforts in the state to legalize. The company most likely would be the first operator to launch if the state does move forward with online sports betting.

The current welcome bonus offered by DraftKings is a $1,000 deposit match at a 20% match rate for your first deposit. This means that with a big $5k first-time deposit, you can earn yourself $1k in bonus cash. You also get a $50 free bet following that first deposit!

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FanDuel

FanDuel Sportsbook is the arch-nemesis of DraftKings. The two have been rivals in daily fantasy for some time and now are #1 and #2 when it comes to sports betting in the United States. FanDuel Sportsbook undoubtedly offers an incredible sports betting experience with its very well-designed mobile app.

The FanDuel welcome offer for new users to the sportsbook has consistently been a no sweat bet. In recent times the no sweat bet amount is worth $1,000. That is a $1k wager that you can place with the knowledge your betslip will be refunded by FanDuel if you were to lose.

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BetMGM

BetMGM is maybe the most prestigious of the online sportsbooks as it is able to represent the MGM International Resorts brand name. The company has slowly crept its way into the top three sportsbooks in the United States. It has done so off the back of offering some incredible services with its app and desktop site, as well as securing loads of professional partnerships.

BetMGM has offered all sorts of welcome bonuses in the past. However, it is currently offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for the new users to its online sportsbook. This offer allows you to make some serious cash off of a wager that you cannot lose money on, up to that $1,000 amount.

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Caesars is a world-renowned gaming brand with a very successful online casino that launched in 2013. In April 2021, Caesars acquired a highly prosperous British sports betting operator in William Hill in order to help it expand into the sports betting space. The new Caesars mobile application provides an excellent user interface, high-quality customer support, secure and fast banking options, and a wide variety of sports, types of wagers, and high-value promotions.

Caesars newest promo offering is called the “Full Caesar”, and gives new users the chance to attain a first bet of up-to $1,250 on Caesars as well as 1,000 Caesars tier credits and 1,000 Reward Credits®. The “first bet on Caesars” essentially means that any losses from your first bet will be refunded in the form of site credit. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “LINEUPSFULL” to attain the full benefits of the Full Caesar promo.

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PointsBet

PointsBet is an Australian bookmaker who has teamed up with the renowned NBC Sports in America. PointsBet is a fresh face to the bookmaking industry as it’s still a rather young company. However, the sportsbook that it has created is one of the most polished and exciting platforms in the United States market.

PointsBet offers a whopping $2,000 worth of risk-free bets for its sportsbook when new users sign up. This $2,000 is split up into two risk-free bets. One $500 risk-free bet on traditional odds and a $1,500 risk-free wager for PoitnsBetting. PointsBetting is a form of wagering that is only available on PointsBet Sportsbook and is rather high-risk.

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Physical Casino Options in Massachusetts

Encore Boston Harbor

Gaming Machines: 2800
Table Games: 166
Poker Tables: 74
1 Horizon Way, Everett, MA 02149, USA

MGM Springfield

Gaming Machines: 2550
Table Games: 120
Poker Tables: 23
One MGM Way, Springfield, MA 01103

Plainridge Park Casino

Gaming Machines: 1250
One MGM Way, Springfield, MA 01103
301 Washington St, Plainville, MA 02762, USA

Massachusetts Sports Teams

Massachusetts and specifically Boston have always been a classic American sports destination. Some of the most historic franchises in all of North American professional sports reside in the state and city.

New England Patriots

new england patriotsThe single biggest betting attraction in the United States is the National Football League by a wide margin. The New England Patriots, which technically reside in Foxborough, Massachusetts, are the home team for the Boston area and the entire state. The Patriots hold a tie with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins at 6.

It is clear that the Patriots will be a huge betting attraction in Massachusetts. Between being an extremely successful franchise, the rabid fan base, and the betting success of the NFL, the Patriots are a huge entity for sports wagering in the state. Every bookmaker will be looking to make the Patriots its official partner when sports betting launches.

Boston Celtics

boston celticsThe second most bet on sport in the United States is basketball, specifically the National Basketball Association. The Boston Celtics are one of the original big teams in the NBA. This is another Massachusetts franchise that is tied at the top for the most championships in their respective sport. The Celtics currently hold 17 NBA Finals wins, only tied with the Lakers for most ever.

The NBA franchises in every state with legalized sports betting have been a hot destination for sportsbooks to target for a professional partnership. The Detroit Pistons have multiple partners in Michigan, including DraftKings and FanDuel. Many experts expect the same from the Celtics when Massachusetts sports wagering launches.

Boston Red Sox

red soxDespite housing both the Patriots and the Celtics, two of the most prolific franchises in professional sports, the Boston Red Sox may be the most famous franchise in Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox is an original baseball team dating back to the 1800s. The team sits with 9 World Series titles, good for fourth in the all-time World Series wins list.

The Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park are American staples, and it would not be a shock to see the team have an impressive amount of money wagered on them compared to other MLB franchises that reside in states with legal sports betting. Boston has always been a baseball town, and sports betting will just add another dimension to that love.

Boston Bruins

Bruins 100x100The National Hockey League is the biggest professional sport in Canada, but Massachusetts does love their team. The Bruins are yet another successful Massachusetts franchise with 6 Stanley Cup titles, 4th on the all-time list.

The Bruins will not be as big of a sports betting draw as the Celtics or Patriots, but the team will still have respectful numbers in such a sports-crazed city and state. Many sportsbooks would love to team up with the Bruins and get an exclusive betting partnership when the time comes.

Boston College

Boston College EaglesThe first of only two FBS teams in Massachusetts, the Boston College Eagles are still a big football and basketball program in the area. Boston College has claims to one national title from 1940 but continues to produce NFL players and good football to this day.

UMass

umass minutemenUMass is one of the more recent additions to the FBS, only joining in 2013. Since then, it has been hard for the team to establish itself as a solid division one program. However, the team is making strides and getting better each year. The basketball program is another solid team that has been improving and getting more and more national recognition.

Harvard

While Harvard does not play in the FBS in football, the program is still well renowned. The team produces quite a few NFL talents for not being an FBS school. Harvard claims 7 national titles and has 6 unclaimed titles. It is one of the original college football programs that really put football on the American sports map during the 1900s. The program was established in 1873.

Harvard also produces a great division one men’s basketball program year in and year out, something that may be a popular bet within Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Futures Bet: New England Patriots To Make the Playoffs()

After one year off from postseason play following the departure of longtime quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots returned to the playoffs in style last season. While that ended in a 47-17 blowout, it’s clear that the team is going in the right direction with Mac Jones at QB. Jones should only improve in his second year at the helm, even with some concerns over the offensive coordinator position after Josh McDaniels took the job in Las Vegas. However, while it’s a point that’s been made numerous times before, it remains true, the Patriots are always a threat with Bill Belichick in charge. The rest of the division has improved on paper, but with the Miami Dolphins starting an unproven QB in Tua Tagovailoa and the New York Jets still attempting to build a winning core, the Pats should cruise to some wins. Take the Pats to punch their ticket to the playoffs as Jones continues to gain experience under center.

Massachusetts Market Size

Massachusetts has a population of almost 7 million people. While not the biggest, this is still going to be a very sizeable sport betting market. New Jersey reports an 8.8 million population and reached a billion-dollar handle in December of 2020. While a lot of this is visiting bets, it still shows the market scale that a state with 7-9 million people can have.

One of the keys when looking at Massachusetts’ market size is taking into account the fact that all the sports franchises are massive and successful. When sports teams are interesting to watch and fans are engaged, there are going to be more wagers, which is great news for the Massachusetts market.
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Daily Fantasy Sports in Massachusetts

Daily fantasy sports are allowed in Massachusetts. This includes the hometown DraftKings DFS app, which is thriving in the Bay State. You can also play on FanDuel, Yahoo, or Underdog in Massachusetts when it comes to daily fantasy sports.

It has still yet to be seen if the legislation that is being discussed will allow for the sharing of daily fantasy and sports betting wallets among the applications that could possibly offer both in the state.

Massachusetts Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has legalize online and in-person sports betting within the state, they are just waiting on the governors signature to make it official. When that happens, the market could be up and running before the year is over.

Does Massachusetts have any form of legal betting?

Yes, there are in-person casinos within state borders. There is also daily fantasy football, which is not technically betting, but is a place to win real money on sports. However, the current State Congress and Governor are working on legalizing sports betting and more.

Will sports betting be legalized in Massachusetts in 2022?

This isn’t known for certain until the governor provides his signature and we know the timeline they’ll be up against. It will certainly be up and running by early 2023, but it remains to be seen if they can get it done before 2022 comes to a close.

Can I play daily fantasy sports in Massachusetts?

Yes, daily fantasy sports contests are widely available in the State of Massachusetts. You can play with a myriad of different operators, including the leaders of FanDuel and DraftKings. These two are far and away the biggest daily fantasy sports entities in the United States.

What is the closest state to Massachusetts to offer sports betting?

New Jersey and Rhode Island are both extremely close and offer sports wagering. In fact, New Jersey has the widest variety of sportsbooks in the nation. There is also New York that has in-person betting Upstate and is looking to legalize mobile betting in 2021.

What sports betting apps are available in Massachusetts?

There are no sports betting apps available at this time in Massachusetts as sports betting has yet to be legalized. However, once sports betting does come to the Bay State, we project DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM to be among the first to enter.

Are MyBookie and Bovada safe to use in Massachusetts?

No, MyBookie and Bovada are both offshore sportsbooks. These sportsbooks have no oversight in the United States, meaning that you have no protections as a bettor. There are also no regulations regarding odds or payouts under US Jurisdiction when using these options.

Can you wager on college sports in Massachusetts?

Betting on in-state college teams such as Boston College, Boston University, Amherst College, and University of Massachusetts will be prohibited. However, if these teams compete in a national tournament/competition, then betting on them will be allowed.

Is daily fantasy sports considered sports betting?

No, and due to this reason, you can play daily fantasy sports in Massachusetts. Sports betting has a strict definition for each state, and according to Massachusetts, daily fantasy contests do not fall under this category under the current state laws.

Can I play online casino games or online poker in Massachusetts?

No, at this moment, Massachusetts does not offer any online casino games or online poker in the state. On the bright side, with sports betting now legalized, this could open the door for both to be looked at by the state legislatures.

Matthew is a UC Berkeley economic and philosophy graduate. He has played DFS, Football pools, and survival leagues for most of his adult life. Matthew brings to the table great strategies for both your GPP and Cash plays as well as a winning track record with his picks of the week.