Track the Latest Legal Sports Betting Updates in Massachusetts
How we got here, and what to expect from sports betting in The Volunteer State
Timeline of Legal Sports Betting in Massachusetts
Even with the steep tax rate of 20%, sports betting has grown by leaps and bounds in Massachusetts. Below is the complete timeline of the legislative process to bring legal sports gambling to Massachusetts.
July 1, 2019 - Even though Massachusetts Gov. Bill Lee didn't sign off on the Massachusetts Sports Gaming Act, he agreed to let the bill pass. Lee has been anti-gambling for most of his political career, so sports bettors within the state were gratefully surprised that sports betting was legalized.
November of 2019 - To write the state's regulations on sports betting, Massachusetts puts together a Sports Betting Advisory Council.
April of 2020 - After loads of tedious revisions, the TELC finally approves the sports betting regulations. All sportsbooks are required to have a hold rate of 10% or they will be charged a hefty fee.
September of 2020 - Massachusetts Education Lottery Corporation approves BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings to operate within the state.
November 1, 2020 - All three Massachusetts sportsbooks officially launch.
March of 2021 - William Hill (later rebranded as Caesars SportsBook) enters the Massachusetts sports betting market with its mobile app.
April 30, 2021 - WynnBet goes live in Massachusetts, giving residents of the Volunteer State another sports betting option.
January of 2022 - Massachusetts announces that their total sports betting handle for 2021 was $2.7 billion. The total revenue brought in for 2021 was $198.5 million.
What SportsBooks Are Currently Offered in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts residents currently have 7 options available to them for sports betting. The state could add more sportsbooks in 2022 but the rather high 20% tax rate may scare away some potential candidates. Here is the list of the sportsbooks that are currently available:
- Massachusetts Action 24/7
- Barstool SportsBook