Many sports fanatics in Massachusetts are currently wondering is sports betting legal in Massachusetts? If not, when will it finally be allowed here? While the state seemingly has been pushing towards sports betting in Massachusetts, a bill has not yet been passed to allow it in the state. However, this year is looking promising and there is some major momentum behind the new efforts.
Sports betting in Massachusetts is something the state has been heading towards for sometime, and it appears to be finally approaching. While there are other types of legal betting in the state, like off track betting, Massachusetts has not yet allowed sports betting. In prior years, many neighboring states have begun to allow legal sports betting and officials in Massachusetts have watched the results.
In 2019 and 2020, numerous bills were pushed to allow for Massachusetts sports betting. All of these had support to some degree, but were not able to bring legal sports betting in Massachusetts. However, 2021 is looking promising.
In all likelihood, legal sports betting in Massachusetts will likely be available in either 2021 or early 2022. There are many factors that support this timeframe. For one, the MA governor, Charlie Baker, has proposed his own bill which will allow for both brick and mortar and online sports betting. This is in addition to several other bills that are still being considered. The state understands the tax revenue and employment benefits that Massachusetts sports betting could bring and 2021 could be the year that sports betting is finally allowed in this state.
In the likely event that online sports betting or fantasy sport betting in Massachusetts becomes legal, you can expect that many of the most popular online sportsbooks will make their services available here. While Massachusetts will have their own home grown sportsbooks, they will still have to compete with large international names like Bet365 and Bovada. If we look to other states like New Jersey or Pennsylvania where sports betting is already legal, we can see which sports books have launched there.
FanDuel In Massachusetts
One of the most popular fantasy sports platforms in the US is FanDuel and because it is fantasy sports and not sports betting, there is already FanDuel in Massachusetts. FanDuel pays millions out in prizes every year to fans that win their fantasy sports competitions. They also have a generous welcome bonus of $1000 in free bets. You can read about this platform and many others in our free bets section.
DraftKings In Massachusetts
FanDuel’s main competitor in fantasy sports is DraftKings. Likewise, there is already DraftKings in Massachusetts available for residents there. This platform is also known for its daily fantasy contests and very generous welcome bonuses.
If sports betting in Massachusetts becomes legal, you can expect a wave of new sportsbooks to start up here, as well as some world-renowned favorites to expand here as well. Naturally, these sportsbooks will all come with their own promotions and welcome bonuses to help stay competitive.
For instance, the DraftKings Massachusetts and FanDuel Massachusetts branches offer a very generous welcome bonus of $1000 in free bets for new patrons. Similarly, you can expect enticing promotions from online sportsbooks like FoxBet and BetMGM. FoxBet currently offers a $500 risk free bet, and BetMGM offers a $600 risk free bet.
If Massachusetts sports betting passes, each new sportsbook here will presumably come with their own sports betting app that contains all of the necessary features for the platform. While each app has its own strengths and advantages, they are all normally sufficient for the average sports bettor. Both FanDuel and DraftKings are well-known for having robust and stylish mobile apps that go above and beyond compared to the average sportsbook.
Aside from off track betting in Massachusetts (horse racing) you currently cannot bet on any sports in the state. If sports betting in Massachusetts is approved, you will likely be able to bet on most professional sports and numerous smaller, niche sports. Here is a list of sports that are available to wager on in most other legal sports betting states.
● Ice Hockey
While Massachusetts sports betting is still being considered, you are currently allowed to play fantasy sports on platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel. You can make an account on these platforms and participate in daily and weekly fantasy sports contests. These platforms are also known for having generous welcome offers like a $1000 free bets bonus for new patrons.
Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding all aspects of sports betting. While we have to wait and see what they allow in the end, most other states have moved to allow wagering on college sports if they also allow professional sports betting.
Currently, there is no legal sports betting in Massachusetts at this time. Only fantasy sports are currently allowed on platforms like FanDuel and DraftKings.
At the current moment, off track betting in Massachusetts is the only form of sports betting that is allowed in the state. Horse racing is popular here, as it is in many other states and horse racing has been prosperous in the US for decades.
Online casinos are currently not allowed in the state of Massachusetts. While there are some physical casinos in the state, you are required to bet at the brick and mortar location, they do not have online options. Daily sports betting is legal in the state, and there are many great platforms to consider if this is something you enjoy. We have covered them above, and you can refer to those sections for more details regarding fantasy sport betting Massachusetts.
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