The Essential Guide to Mobile and Online Sports Betting in Massachusetts

Massachusetts legalized sports betting in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court ruling that allows individual states to regulate online sports betting. After several years of discussion in the legislature, sports betting legislation was finally passed and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on August 10, 2022. This is great news for sports fans in the state, many of whom were already going to nearby New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey to place legal wagers on their favorite teams.

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Massachusetts Sportsbook Offers

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Massachusetts Sports Betting Legislative Details

While there have been several sports betting proposals over the past year in Massachusetts, the most recent attempt, H 5164, finally made it to the finish line in a last-minute compromise between legislative leaders that saw college sports wagering limited and an official league data mandate added, among other details. It may not be the perfect bill, but it’s pretty good and will result in up to 15 sportsbooks coming to the state.

Here is a quick summary of what legal sports betting will look like in Massachusetts now that H 5164 has been signed into law:


Sports betting has been exploding in the United States ever since PASPA, a 30-year-old law that essentially outlawed sports betting in all but a few states, was deemed unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. New Jersey led the fight and was primed and ready to go, launching sports betting almost immediately after the May 2018 Supreme Court decision. Since then, over 30 states, including Rhode Island, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Delaware have begun taking bets.

Which Online Sportsbooks Are Available in MA?

With 15 licenses up for grabs, we should see all the big names in the US market making their way to Massachusetts. Since DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, they were among the first sportsbooks to go live in the state. Additionally, since the three existing casinos that qualify for two skins each have established sportsbook partnerships, we know that they will be in the state as well. The other licenses will be hotly contested, but we can at least guess which sportsbooks will end up securing access to the state. Here is our best guess at predicting which other sportsbooks will end up in Massachusetts:

SportsbookLicense PartnerLaunch Date
DraftKingsOnline-only March 10, 2023
BetMGMMGM SpringfieldMarch 10, 2023
FanDuel Online-onlyMarch 10, 2023
Bally BetOnline-onlyJuly 2, 2024
BetRivers (estimate)TBDTBD
Caesars Sportsbook Online-onlyMarch 10, 2023
Betway (estimate)TBDTBD
Betfred (estimate)TBDTBD
SuperBook Sports (estimate)TBDTBD
Fanatics Sportsbook Online-onlyMay 25, 2023
Unibet (estimate)TBDTBD
ESPN BETOnline-onlyNov 14, 2023

Massachusetts Betting History

Massachusetts live gaming industry started way back in 1934 with the opening of Wonderland Greyhound Park and Taunton Dog Track. They were joined in 1941 by Raynham Greyhound track. Taunton was later closed and operations were combined in Raynham in 1981. Both remaining tracks were later closed in 2009 when dog racing was banned.

The lottery was banned back in 1833, but was brought back in 1973 to give the state some much-needed revenue. Eligible non-profit organizations can run certain gambling games for fundraising purposes. These games include bridge, whist, bingo, beano, raffles, pull tabs and casinos nights. As of 2017, the state has reported $57 million in annual gross revenue for charities, with bingo leading the way at $25 million a year.

The first casino opened its doors in June 2015. Plainridge Park Casino is a harness track racing facility and slot parlor located about 40 miles southwest of Boston. MGM Casino in Springfield opened its doors in 2018, and Encore Boston Harbor opened in 2019.

Massachusetts Sports betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Massachusetts?

Yes! As of August 10, 2022, sports betting is legal in Massachusetts. The first wagers were accepted at retail sportsbooks in January 2023 and mobile betting launched on March 10, 2023.

Where can I place sports bets now that sports betting has launched in MA?

You will be able to place bets on up to 15 mobile sportsbook apps and in person at the state’s three existing casinos and two horse tracks. Betting kiosks may eventually pop up at bars and restaurants throughout the state, but regulators are planning to study the issue first before authorizing their use.

What sports am I able to bet on?

You can bet on all professional sports and all non-Massachusetts college sports events. Wagering on MA college teams is prohibited unless the team is playing in a “tournament.”

What types of bets can I make in Massachusetts?

All the most popular bet types are available in Massachusetts, including:

About the Author

Ryan Gutzler (rgutzler)

Ryan is a former two sport collegiate athlete who now relives the glory days through men’s leagues, coaching and of course, writing about sports. He is also a poker player, sports bettor and avid Sixers, Phillies, Flyers and Duke homer.