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Massachusetts Sports Betting Apps: Legal Updates for 2023 Online Launch

Updated: February 1, 2023 | Author: Mitchell South

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Legal online sports betting has not yet launched in the Bay State, but that will soon change.

The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Committee approved a sports betting bill on April 22, 2022. This state Senate approved the same bill on April 28, however there were many differences from a 2021 House approved sports betting bill that needed to be settled before sports betting was legalized.

Massachusetts agreed on a sports betting bill in August 2022, and Massachusetts sports betting apps are set to launch across the state in March 2023. In-person betting at retail sportsbooks is now live across the Commonwealth.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018, allowing each state in the country to propose and create its own laws and regulations for sports betting.

Before PASPA was overturned, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was busy providing various studies on the potential for legalized sports betting. Having already approved daily fantasy games,  several bills in favor of regulating sports betting were introduced in 2018, 2019, and 2020, yet all failed to advance.

Governor Charlie Baker included sports betting as part of his budget proposal in January 2021 – his budget assumes about $35 million in state revenue from sports wagers. Additional legislation was put forward in February 2021 by Senator Adam Gomez and Representative Orlando Ramos. Bill SD 2247 and an identical House bill would allow sports betting at bars and restaurants in addition to licensed casinos and online operators.

For the time being, if sports bettors in Massachusetts want to legally gamble on sports, neighboring states New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New York all have various forms of legal online sports betting.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Overview

Massachusetts mobile betting apps will soon be available in the Bay State while retail sports betting is already up and running. Before we get to the online launch, here’s a few key pieces of information you should know.

Betting Legalized: August 2022

Platforms: Retail (January 2023), Online (March 2023)

Expected Online Sports Betting Launch: March 2023

Expected Betting Apps in Massachusetts: DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM

Age Requirement: 21+

Best MA Sports Betting Apps – Coming Soon

Once online sports betting officially launches in the state, there will be a slew of Massachusetts sports betting apps joining the sportsbook ranks. These new Massachusetts sports betting apps will include popular sports betting betting brands such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Barstool.

MA Sports Betting App App Store Rating Google Play Rating
Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts 4.7/5 3.2/5
Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts 4.6/5 4.5/5
BetMGM Massachusetts 4.8/5 4.5/5
DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts 4.8/5 4.6/5
FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts 4.8/5 4.7/5

When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Massachusetts?

Sports betting has officially been legalized, and Massachusetts sports betting apps and sites are expected to begin launching in March 2023. Massachusetts retail sports betting went live on Jan. 31, 2023.

Expected Massachusetts Online Sports Betting Launch: March 2023

On August 1, 2022, a six-member conference committee finally agreed to approve Massachusetts sports betting in the state after weeks of meetings on the matter. This will open the door for sports betting apps and sites like Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and more to join the market.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission put forward an aggressive timeline on Oct. 6 that would see retail sports betting launch in January 2023, with online wagering going live in February 2023. There are still many hurdles to clear before this happen, and online Massachusetts sports betting may not be ready until the NCAA basketball tournament in March 2023.

While previously proposed bills didn’t gain traction, Governor Charlie Baker is in favor of legalization and there are several active sports betting bills being debated in the state legislature. These would regulate online and mobile sports betting should they pass.

The Governor has been quoted as saying that sports betting, “is going to be a thing pretty much everywhere, and our view was ‘we should get on with the show.’”

Given the positive sentiment towards legalization and the major sports teams in Massachusetts, the question is simply “when” not “if” Bay Staters will be allowed to legally bet on sports. For now, sports bettors in the state will have to participate in New York sports betting or other nearby alternatives.

While there’s no official details on a launch date yet, it is expected that Massachusetts could launch sometime in early 2023. Keep it locked to this page for more updates as they come.

Massachusetts Online Sports Betting: Expected Betting Sites & Apps

Massachusetts has one of the most dedicated sports fanbases in the United States and the sports betting market is expected to reflect that need for top-tier sportsbook options. As such, Massachusetts will carry many of the major North American sportsbooks including the likes of Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook.

MA Sportsbook Expected Promo Projected Launch Available On Partnerships
Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts $1,000 Bet Insurance March 2023 iOS, Android Plainridge Park Casino
Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts Up to $1,250 on Caesars March 2023 iOS, Android TBD
BetMGM Massachusetts $1,000 First Bet Offer March 2023 iOS, Android MGM Springfield
DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts $1,050 in Bonus Funds March 2023 iOS, Android TBD
FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts $1,000 No Sweat First Bet March 2023 iOS, Android TBD

Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts

Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts represents a homecoming of sorts for Dave Portnoy and company. The Barstool Sports empire began in Boston as a print publication before it became the media giant it is today. As such, you can expect Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts to pull out all the stops once they are live in the state and that includes the arrival of their excellent $1,000 bet insurance.

Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts

Caesars Sportsbook is one of the most recognized and respected brand names in the sports betting industry. It should come as no surprise that Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts will be among the top-rated sportsbooks in the state and their loyal following gives them an immediate edge over many other brands. It also doesn’t hurt that they have one of the best welcome offers in the business with up to $1,250 on Caesars.

BetMGM Massachusetts

Another sports betting heavy hitter, BetMGM already boasts a retail location in Massachusetts (MGM Springfield) so they’ll definitely be big players on the state’s sportsbook scene. With an excellent $1,000 first bet offer in tow, BetMGM Massachusetts will have plenty of great betting options for bettors in the state.

DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts

Another Boston-based sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the real OGs when it comes to providing users with an excellent sportsbook experience. Their $1,050 in bonus funds is a great offer and they also have one of the deepest sets of betting options for new players and sharps alike. DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts will undoubtedly serve as one of the sports betting leaders in the state.

FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts

FanDuel Sportsbook is always a great sports betting brand option for new users and sharps. Much like DraftKings, they have been in the industry for a lengthy run and continue to provide exceptional sports betting experiences for their customers. Look for their $1,000 No Sweat First Bet to be a key part of the strategy once FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts gets up and running.

Key Benefits of Using a MA Sports Betting App

The beauty of living in the smartphone age is that we can access so many things right from the palm of our hand, and sports betting is certainly no exception.

Once officially launched, Massachusetts sports bettors will get access to the best MA mobile sports betting app that also come with ultimate convenience and security. For more details, let’s take a closer at some of the key benefits of using a MA sports betting app.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Apps Are Backed By Licensed Operators

The arrival of legal and reputable Massachusetts sports betting apps means that sports bettors in the state can rest easy knowing their betting experience is safe and secure. Using an officially licensed MA sports betting app such as DraftKings or Barstool is a much better option than signing up with an unverified offshore online sportsbook.

Ultimate Convenience

One of the best things about using a legal Massachusetts sports betting app is in the simple fact that it’s ultra convenient. Unlike retail sports betting, you don’t need to go to a casino or physical location to place your bets, you can do it on-the-go during a commute or while you have some down time after dinner and you’re lounging on the couch.

No Issues with Deposits and Withdrawals

Using offshore sportsbooks that are unregulated might sound okay on paper, but there are some serious risks to consider when it comes to deposits and withdrawals. When you use a legal Massachusetts sports betting app, you know that the state’s gaming commission has combed through their deposit and withdrawal process to ensure users are always being taken care off in a safe and efficient manner.

Latest Massachusetts Sports Betting News

We’re following all of the latest news to keep you updated as sports betting evolves in the Bay State.

  • January 31, 2023: Massachusetts retail sports betting has officially launched at three casinos in the state. Massachusetts sports bettors can now visit these in-person retail sportsbooks to place their wagers, just in time for Super Bowl 57 featuring the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12, 2023. Online sports betting is still expected to go live sometime in early March.
  • January 24, 2023: The list of Massachusetts retail sports betting types that will be allowed in the Commonwealth have been confirmed by the MGC. Chess, cornhole, eSports, jai alai, and the Winter/Summer Olympics were not included and will be reevaluated at a later date for online sports betting. Betting on league awards and rookie drafts will be permitted in the Massachusetts retail sports betting market.
  • January 20, 2023: Massachusetts retail sports betting officially has a start date and time, with a planned opening of in-person sportsbook locations set for Jan. 31 at 10am. Massachusetts online sports betting is still expected to launch sometime in early March 2023.
  • January 19, 2023: The first six operators have been granted temporary untethered Massachusetts online sports betting licenses. Bally’s, Betr, Betway, PointsBet, DraftKings, and FanDuel have been approved for Category 3 online sports betting licenses in the Commonwealth, with these operators likely launching online in early March 2023.
  • January 12, 2023: More sportsbook approvals keep rolling through the Commonwealth, as DraftKings and the yet-to-launch Fanatics Sportsbook have been green lit by the MGC. Headquartered in Boston, MA, DraftKings met criteria set by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) rather easily, while BetFanatics faced a bit more scrutiny after having to show off their unreleased sportsbook in a closed-doors meeting.
  • January 10, 2023: Operators like Bally Bet and Betr have met or exceeded the required criteria set by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in order to receive an online sports betting license. The Commission will vote on license applications beginning Jan. 18.
  • January 4, 2023: After a long licensing process, Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts has officially received approval for a mobile sports betting provider license in the Bay State. Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts is expected to launch sometime in March 2023.
  • December 22, 2022: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has announced that retail sports betting in the state will officially commence on Jan. 31, 2023 following a soft launch the day before.
  • December 13, 2022: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved the first online sports betting license, as WynnBET earned their mobile wagering certificate from the regulatory body. Massachusetts online sports betting is expected to launch in March 2023.
  • December 8, 2022: Third time’s the charm for Massachusetts sports betting as the gaming commission approved the first ever sports betting license. Encore Boston Harbor’s retail sports betting license was approved unanimously, who have partnered with WynnBET for its retail and online sports betting services.
  • December 7, 2022: The licensing process for Massachusetts sports betting operators is encountering some peculiar speedbumps. First, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission deferred a vote on a Massachusetts sports betting license for PENN National Gaming and Barstool Sports after questions arose surrounding their marketing strategy and a recent article from the NYT questioning Barstool founder Dave Portnoy. Then, the Commission deferred a vote on MGM Springfield and BetMGM, citing a need for more information on the retail casino and online sportsbook’s relationship.
  • November 21, 2022: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received 15 sports betting license applications, including six for untethered online sports betting licenses. The untethered applicants include DraftKings, FanDuel, Betway, Bally Bet, Betr, and PointsBet.
  • October 20, 2022: Massachusetts sports betting will soon have a clear vision on potential operators. More than 40 potential license applicants are vying for a total of 15 online sports betting licenses. Each of the three Massachusetts casinos will be able to offer up to two online sports betting skins, each state racetrack will have access to one, and seven untethered online sports betting operator licenses will be made available.
  • October 6, 2022: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission put forward an aggressive timeline that would see Massachusetts sports betting launch in early 2023. There are still many regulatory hurdles to clear, and Massachusetts online sports betting may not be ready in time for the 2023 Super Bowl. Commissioner Brad Hill commented, ““We need to have Category 1 (retail sports betting) up and running by the Super Bowl. And this is my opinion, but we need to be aggressive to get Category 3 (online sports betting) up and running soon after. I’ll put out a date. I want this to be up by the NCAA’s Tournament in March.”
  • September 12, 2022: Commissioners are preaching patience for a Massachusetts sports betting launch, saying a go-live date is still several months away. Additionally, a sports betting study from Dr. Rachel Volberg of UMass Donahue Institute suggests the state should consider a ban on celebrity endorsements and in-game wagering to help counteract problem gambling.
  • August 11, 2022: Gov. Charlie Baker has officially signed the Massachusetts sports betting bill into law. “Our administration first filed legislation to legalize sports wagering in the Commonwealth several years ago, and I am glad to be able to sign this bill into law today. We appreciate the dedication and compromise that the legislature demonstrated on this issue, and we look forward to supporting the work of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on the responsible implementation of the law over the next several months,” Gov. Baker commented.
  • August 5, 2022: After passing a bill to legalize Massachusetts sports betting, the state is still likely several months out from launching wagering. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Commissioner Brad Hill commented he wants the public to realize “This isn’t something that will happen overnight…the public needs to understand it’s quite a process we need to go through.” While it won’t be ready for the kickoff of the NFL season, Massachusetts sports betting could be up and running for Super Bowl 57 on February 12, 2023.
  • August 1, 2022: A Massachusetts sports betting bill deal has been reached that will open the doors for legal online and retail sports betting in the state. While no official launch date has been announced yet, it is possible that it could happen sometime during the 2022-23 NFL season.
  • July 8, 2022: House Rep. Jerry Parisella commented that he is hopeful a Massachusetts sports betting bill will be approved before the legislative session concludes on July 31. State legislators are still working towards a compromise on two separate sports betting bills, and if a deal is reached, Massachusetts sports betting could launch as early as February 2023.
  • June 8, 2022: A conference committee of state lawmakers will meet on Thursday, June 9 to start working on a Massachusetts sports betting compromise. The House will be represented by Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-3rd Suffolk), Rep. David Muradian (R-9th Worcester), and Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-6th Essex). The Senate will be represented by Eric P. Lesser (D-1st Hampden and Hampshire), Patrick O’Connor (R-Plymouth and Norfolk), and Michael Rodrigues (D-1st Bristol and Plymouth).
  • June 6, 2022: With the Boston Celtics reaching the 2022 NBA Finals, Gov. Charlie Baker touted the team’s Game 1 win as an example of why Massachusetts sports betting should be legalized as soon as possible. The House and Senate are still far apart on two approved sports betting bills, and the two governing bodies must come to a compromise before wagering is legalized in the Old Colony State.
  • April 28, 2022: The state Senate has approved a bill to legalize Massachusetts sports betting, however, it has major differences from a 2021 House approved bill. The approved Senate bill does not include college sports betting, while the House version does, and this is just one point of conflict that must be resolved before Massachusetts sports betting is fully legalized.
  • April 22, 2022: The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Committee approved a MA sports betting bill, which moved the bill to the Senate for a hearing on April 28, 2022. There is some conflict with this legislation, however, as a House approved bill from 2021 has numerous differences. The discrepancies would need to be sorted out before Massachusetts can legalize sports betting.
  • December 29, 2021: In an interview with WCVB’s “On the Record,” Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg supported the legalization of online sports betting, provided it doesn’t negatively affect the state lottery. A sports betting bill has been sitting with the Senate Committee on Ways and Means since it was approved by the House in July.
  • August 2, 2021: Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka confirms the state’s sports betting bill will not be considered in the summer session. A debate is expected this fall.
  • July 22, 2021: The Massachusetts House passes a sports betting bill. It is sent to the Senate for consideration.
  • June 17, 2021: Massachusetts lawmakers heard more than five hours of testimony on legalized sports betting. According to NBC Boston, supporters of sports wagering may have disagreed on some specifics but were much more vocal than those in outright opposition.
  • June 9, 2021: The Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies announces it will be holding a virtual hearing on June 17, 2021, where several current sports betting bills will be discussed, including the Governor’s H. 70.
  • January 15, 2021: Governor Charlie Baker includes sports betting in his budget proposal, signaling his intent on pursuing legalization in 2021.

Massachusetts Sports Betting FAQs

Looking to get the lowdown on Massachusetts sports betting? Check out our FAQs below to find out what you need to know.

Is sports betting legal in Massachusetts?

At this time, Massachusetts does not currently have legalized sports betting in their state. However, a sports betting bill has been passed and legal online and retail sports betting in the state is expected to launch sometime in March 2023.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Massachusetts?

Yes, Massachusetts residents are allowed to play on most major daily fantasy sites.

How many professional sports teams are in New England?

There are five major pro sports teams in Massachusetts: New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and New England Revolution.

What sportsbooks will be active in Massachusetts?

Once sports betting officially launches in the state, Barstool Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, and others are expected to join the market.

What mobile sports betting apps will be available in Massachusetts?

Major mobile sports betting apps such as Barstool, DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM are all expected to be available in Massachusetts upon launch.

Is Massachusetts offering early pre-reg for any online sportsbooks?

It is still unclear whether any Massachusetts online sportsbooks will be offering early pre-reg offers, but we will keep this page updated if they do.

What’s the all around best online sportsbook expected to launch in Massachusetts?

Major online sportsbooks such as Barstool and DraftKings are expected to be big players in the Massachusetts sports betting market as both brands have Boston roots.

When is Massachusetts online sports betting expected to launch?

Massachusetts online sports betting is expected to launch sometime in March 2023.

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