What You Need To Know

  • Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act to Regulate Sports Wagering (House Bill No. 5164) on August 10, 2022, legalizing sports betting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been tasked with overseeing the promulgation of the state’s sports wagering industry
  • The full text of Chapter 23N can be found here: Mass. General Laws c.23N – Authorization and Regulation of Sports Wagering
  • MGL Chapter 23N creates three categories of sports wagering licensees
    • Category 1 for licensed casinos
    • Category 2 for racetracks and/or simulcast centers
    • Category 3 for online/mobile operators

Application Process

  • The commission began the application process by releasing a scoping survey on October 7, 2022. Operators were required to fill out this survey as part of the application process
  • Applications were due for Category 1 and Category 3 licenses on November 21, 2022
    • The Commission voted to allow applications for Category 2 licenses to be submitted on a rolling basis
  • 15 applications were submitted
    • 3 Category 1 applications
    • 6 Category 3 applications tethered to a Category 1 or 2 license
    • 6 untethered Category 3 applications

Commission Review

  • The MGC held meetings nearly every day in December 2022 and January 2023 as well as into February 2023 to publicly review those applications.
  • Recordings of these meetings can be found here.


Category 1 licensees

  • Encore Boston Harbor
  • MGM Springfield
  • Plainridge Park Casino

Category 3 tethered licensees

  • BetMGM (MGM Springfield)
  • Caesars Sportsbook (Encore Boston  Harbor)
  • Fanatics (Plainridge Park Casino)
  • Penn Sports Interactive (Plainridge Park Casino)
  • WynnBet (Encore Boston  Harbor)

Category 3 untethered licensees

  • Bally Bet
  • Betr
  • Betway
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel Sportsbook

Note: Bally Bet, Betway, and Fanatics have been awarded Category 3 licensees to conduct sports wagering, but those licensees are not yet in operation.


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