Massachusetts sports betting has been around for over a month now, and sports fans from other states want in on the action. New data from location tracking company GeoComply implies that hundreds of thousands of sportsbook users have looked to place wagers in Massachusetts from nearby states. From these accounts, millions of different transactions have been blocked.
Additionally, many bettors have even opted to cross state lines in order to place wagers in Massachusetts. The numbers have also recently been reported on the Massachusetts betting revenue in its first month since launching on March 10th, 2023, and it appears that the Bay State is off to an excellent start.
Over 18K Accounts Have Attempted To Place 1.4 Million Blocked Wagers In Massachusetts
According to a recent post from PlayMA, GeoComply has tracked hundreds of thousands of bettors outside Massachusetts attempting to place wagers in the state since the rollout of legal betting. The current total is 186,872 accounts, with each attempting to bet on sporting events without being located within Massachusetts state lines. This led to over 1.4 million different geolocation transactions from these different accounts. These transactions include not just trying to place wagers, but also attempted sportsbook signups.
None of the millions of transactions went through, as they were from areas without legal online sports betting. The majority of these transactions were attempted from the neighboring states of Maine and Vermont, neither of which currently have online wagering. 4,400 Maine accounts attempted 27,000 different transactions between March 10th and April 9th, with 3,000 Vermont accounts attempting 16,000 transactions in that time period.
It’s important to note that, while Maine sports betting hasn’t launched yet, although sports betting legislature was passed in August of 2022 and the market is expected to launch around January of 2024. Additionally, last month Vermont sports betting made its own positive step towards legalization with a new bill making its way to the state Senate.
Thousands of Bettors Travel To Massachusetts To Wager
Rather than attempt to bet from outside of Massachusetts, thousands of individuals instead travelled to the state to place legal wagers. This is completely legal, as while bettors need to be 21 years of age and confirm their location, they don’t need to be residents to wager in Massachusetts.
GeoComply reported on 3,441 total bettors from outside of the Bay State traveling to bet, with 1,761 from Rhode Island, 1,266 from New Hampshire, and 334 from Connecticut. On the lower end, the state also brought in 33 bettors from Vermont, 28 from Maine, and 19 from New York.
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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 2023
Massachusetts Saw Big March Betting Revenue
With Massachusetts sports betting available on March 10th, bettors were able to wager on March Madness, as well as local teams like the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, from the start. This led to some big betting numbers, with $47.06 million in taxable revenue for the month of March from the six Massachusetts sports betting operators: BetMGM Sportsbook, WynnBET Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, and DraftKings Sportsbook.
April will be the first full month of legal sports wagering in the state, and the data will be interesting to break down once it’s reported.