Massachusetts Online Gambling
Massachusetts Online Gambling
Massachusetts online sports betting is now live!
Massachusetts gambling options recently expanded with the launch of online sports betting in March 2023. The new market offers retail sportsbooks and online betting apps with generous welcome offers for new players.
The Bay State is home to multiple resort casinos, a state-run lottery, wagering on horse racing, and many other forms of legal gambling. Check back often because Play MA is your source for all the latest gambling news in the state.
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Legal Gambling in Massachusetts
Unfortunately, online casinos are not legal in Massachusetts at this time. To the best of our knowledge, the addition of Massachusetts online casino gambling as a legal activity in the state is not on the horizon right now.
For the time being, the best options for Bay Staters who want to play online casino-style games are social casinos. These sites allow you to play slots and table games. Social sites like Pulsz Slots and Casino allow you to play a variety of different casino-style games for fun. Meanwhile sites like Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots and Funzpoints offer the chance to win cash prizes for your play.
Online poker is not legal in Massachusetts right now. In fact, because of the lower profits for gambling providers and taxing authorities, it is less likely that Bay Staters will see online poker options before online casinos debut, and online casinos aren’t even in the discussion right now.
In the meantime, you can avail yourself of some social casino options. Some sites out there let you play poker with people across the country. A good option for this kind of action is Global Poker. Global is a sister site to both Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots, and has plenty of options. You can play No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Crazy Pineapple and, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low (aka Eight or Better).
Legal sports bets can now be placed online and in-person in Massachusetts. Seven sportsbooks are currently taking bets in the Bay State: DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel, WynnBET, Barstool Sportsbook, and Betr.
At full capacity, the state could ultimately feature as many as 15 online sports gambling sites. Overall, the Massachusetts sports gambling market gives users plenty of options and flexibility when placing their wagers.
In addition to online betting, bets can also be placed in person at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino. All three retail gambling locations offer vast wagering markets, with plenty of wager types, sports and leagues to choose from.
The Massachusetts Lottery is one of the older options for legal gambling in the state, selling its first ticket in 1972. Players have multiple options, as there are several draw games that you can play, including Powerball, Mega Millions and Megabucks. All of these regularly feature jackpots in excess of $1 million.
In addition, you can play the Numbers Game and Mass Cash if you want some options a bit closer to home. The Massachusetts Lottery also sells dozens of instant win games. Keep in mind that you cannot play any of these games online. Although the commission does offer a lottery app, it’s only an informational tool rather than a method to purchase tickets online.
One of the most common types of online gambling in any state is horse betting. Federal legislation from 2000 and an exemption in 2006’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rendered betting on horse racing legal at the federal level and up to each state to decide. Like the majority of states, horse betting in Massachusetts is legal.
There are a host of horse betting sites available to Bay State residents, but one of the best options is FanDuel Racing. The online racebook combines all the features we already love about FanDuel with great horse betting options. In addition to offering a wide variety of wagers, it gives users a chance to stream racing coverage from all around the world. Plus, new users will often get great welcome offers.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests have a particularly deep connection in Massachusetts. One of the major DFS companies, DraftKings, launched in Boston and retains its corporate headquarters in the Back Bay area. The only shock about Massachusetts’ legalization of DFS in 2016 was that it wasn’t the first state to do so — in fact, by then seven others had beaten the Bay State to the punch.
It doesn’t really matter, though. DFS is alive and well as a legitimate activity in Massachusetts, and is a standard activity for many of its residents. You can play on DraftKings DFS, FanDuel DFS or any of the other legitimate providers.
Yes, at least in some capacity. Online sports gambling is legal in Massachusetts and the industry launched earlier this year. Residents can also participate in daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests online. However, other forms of online gambling such as online casinos and online poker remain illegal activities in Massachusetts.
Yes. Online sports gambling went live on March 10, and retail sports gambling launched back at the end of January. Right now, seven sports gambling apps are available. When betting in-person, residents can place wagers at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino.
You need to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate in most gambling activities in Massachusetts. You must be 21 to play at Massachusetts casinos, and sports betting requires players to be this age or older as well. The only exceptions are the lottery and horse betting, which require players to be 18 or older.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) oversees all gambling activity in the state. This includes MA sports gambling. Mass Gaming regulates every bit of gambling in the state and will do so for any future gambling expansions.
Thanks to the recent rollout of sports betting in Massachusetts, sports fans in the state now have access to plenty of welcome bonuses and promos. For the most part, Massachusetts sportsbook bonuses are only available on mobile gambling apps. When claiming any bonus or promo, be sure to read the full terms and conditions.
No. You do not need to be a Massachusetts resident or have a Massachusetts license to use any sportsbook apps or the retail sports betting facilities in the state. You simply need to be of age and inside the state lines.
If gambling is a problem for you, there are multiple resources available to you in Massachusetts around the clock. Every minute you spend in recovery is a minute you didn’t lose gambling.
Responsible gambling services in Massachusetts begins with the Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPG), a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The OPG provides crisis services to problem gamblers and training assistance for those who care for problem gamblers. If you want to explore options for problem gambling treatment, you can contact the OPG at the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 327-5050, or reach out through the live chat function on the helpline website. Alternatively, you can also reach out to the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, which maintains its own helpline at (800) 426-1234 and a live chat function on its website.
Massachusetts also maintains a voluntary self-exclusion list. The state-run program bars you from patronizing any gambling locations inside Massachusetts. Placing yourself on the list will render you unable to play at these venues and subject to various forfeitures if you are caught doing so. Your time on the list can range from six months to the rest of your life. You can also use self-exclusion on MA mobile betting apps.
Another great resource is the MGM GameSense page, which offers state-specific information. The site aims to “keep gambling fun with tips and information for casino guests.” MGM Springfield in Massachusetts promotes responsible gambling as well, offering problem gambling help both in-house and on their official website.
Massachusetts is home to two Native American tribes that qualify as federally recognized entities:
- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
- Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
So far, only the Mashpees have moved to secure a compact with the folks in Boston. The tribe received federal recognition in 2007, and moved quickly to declare 321 acres near Taunton as its reservation lands. Of the 321 acres in the trust, 151 were approved for gambling use. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground on the First Light Resort and Casino in April 2016, and the stage was set for the fourth Massachusetts casino. However, nearly seven years later, no more progress has been made on the casino’s construction. A legal battle has been brewing for several years, and it remains to be seen when First Light Resort and Casino will open. If the legal challenges continue long enough, the DOI policy could change again depending on who is sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2025.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), meanwhile, has not been as dogged in its pursuit of an agreement with the state. Instead, it has moved to create a bingo facility on tribal lands. Of course, the government sued this tribe, too — this time, it was the city government of Aquinnah — claiming that a 1983 land agreement nullified the tribe’s ability to offer gambling. After some arguing in court, the tribe prevailed in 2018 and began moving forward with its plans. However, the town remained undeterred and has kept the project tied up in court ever since with any issues that it could find. It now appears that the tribe will be able to build the venue, albeit with some approvals from the powers that be.
If you want or need more information about online gambling in Massachusetts, there are plenty of resources available. For additional information, you can visit any of the links below to find out more:
- Massachusetts Gaming Commission
- Massachusetts Legislature
- The Boston Globe
- The Boston Herald
- MGM GameSense
The state’s legal gambling locations are the following: