Massachusetts Online Sports Betting


Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ visitors-and-residents can play in casinos, buy state and regional-networked lottery tickets, bet on horse and dog racing, and enjoy charitable gambling, among the most-progressive social gambling laws in the country. However, sports betting was not an option until Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Act into law in August 2022. 

It ended a long process for the state with sports betting bills passing one of the two legislative chambers on multiple occasions without reaching the governor’s desk. In 2011, then-Governor Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act which authorized three casino resorts and one stand-alone slots-facility. However, in the wake of sports betting being legalized nationwide, Massachusetts struggled to find the right terms to bring the option to the state.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Massachusetts recent gambling expansion laws sees the state now offering the player’s a diverse gaming mix in DFS, online horse racing, casinos, live racing, live and video poker and charitable gambling.

Gambling TypeLegal Land-BasedLegal Online
Sports BettingYes (not operational)Yes (not operational)
CasinosYesNo
Fantasy Sports (DFS)N/AYes
eSportsNoNo
PokerNoNo
Horse RacingYesYes
LotteryNoNo
Charitable GamblingYesNo

Massachusetts Sports Betting Tax Rates

A gambling tax of 25% on all winnings over $5000 is in place in the state of Massachusetts. Smaller wins up to $1200 – $5000 are subject to a 5% state tax, up from the previous threshold of $600.

Larger wins may also incur a federal tax. Exact tax rates applicable for larger wins will depend upon your state of residence in the United States, contact your tax attorney if you have had a huge win.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Massachusetts

Massachusetts mirrors the standard minimum legal gambling ages that are present across the mid-Atlantic and the North-East of the United States, i.e. 21 year-of-age for casino gambling and 18 years-of-age for DFS, horse racing, the state lottery and charitable gaming.

Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting21
DFS18
Casinos21
Horse Racing18
Lottery21
Charitable Gambling18

Betting on Sports in Massachusetts

Massachusetts sports betting is still not quite a reality. While Massachusetts legalized sports betting in August 2022, it is not yet operational online or in person within the state. DFS has been legislated on, and horse racing betting has been legal for almost 90 years, but general sports betting will not come into being in Massachusetts until 2023 at the earliest it seems.

Massachusetts Online Sports Betting Laws

Online sports wagering is officially legal in Massachusetts, and now we wait for when the sportsbooks will open in the state. In August 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Act into law, but that was just the first step in the operational process. There are still a lot of details that need to be ironed out, including the qualifications for sportsbooks applying for licenses as well as limits on the number of licenses given out. 

The hope is for Massachusetts to roll out a plan in the style of NJ Sports Betting Sites by early 2023. However, the state’s commission is preaching patience as they hammer out the final details. As of now, the rules prohibit betting on in-state college teams as well as ban the use of credit cards to fund deposits into the account.

As mentioned above, in the meantime, DFS and online betting on horse and greyhound racing are both legal ways for the online sports bettor to wager in Massachusetts.

Online Fantasy Sports in Massachusetts

Massachusetts allows legal and regulated Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law legalizing DFS in 2016 (H.4569) and the bill was extended to permanently make DFS legal in 2018.

Massachusetts has a list of regulations in regards to DFS including:

  • Players must be over 21 years of age
  • No contests on college games and other amateur sporting events
  • Truth in advertising standards apply
  • $1,000 monthly deposit limit
  • Entries are limited to the lesser of 150 or three percent

eSports Online Betting Laws

In the spring of 2018, Sports Betting got new life in the United States as the highest legal body in the land, the Supreme Court, eliminated the 26-year-old law that banned sports betting. Today, all 50 states are free to legislate on their own sports-betting laws.

Given its role as a sport that has developed rather recently (and therefore not touched by the legal quibbling of the past by all the major U.S. sporting leagues), eSports betting may very well lead the sports betting legalization way in Massachusetts just as it has done in other states.

What are eSports?

Blossoming with the dissemination of global technology and increasingly fast internet speeds, eSports has changed quality video game play into full-time professional sports, whereby leading players now sign multi-million-dollar contracts with professional teams.

Team tournament play rather than individual competition is generally how eSports are played at their highest levels. However, champion individual eSports stars can have cult global followings and the contrasting styles of the top eSports athletes are loved and copied by amateur players the world over.

eSports games themselves like Fortnite, Starcraft and Overwatch are equivalent to, say, the NBA, NFL and MLB, with the phrase ‘eSports’ describing the broad overarching concept (like Sports).

eSports betting has become widespread and a big global business. Sportsbooks worldwide offer betting markets on all major eSports tournaments played globally. eSports business revenue grows massively year-on-year, and in 2018-19, the revenue of the industry is expected to reach the $100 billion mark worldwide.

It may be possible that the initial legal sports bet you make in Massachusetts, could possibly be a wager on eSports.

Horse Racing in Massachusetts

For all state residents over the age of 18, all off track betting, course/track side and online betting options on Horse Racing are all perfectly legal in the eyes of the law.

Trackside

Massachusetts is home to three live horse racing venues that all accept bets on simulcast horse races and live racing.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Massachusetts

The former live racing venues in Massachusetts effectively function as the state’s official OTB agencies. There are no additional standalone OTB facilities exist in the state.

Online Horse Racing in Massachusetts

Online racebooks available in Massachusetts have a small initial deposit requirement, but provide the convenience of betting anytime, anywhere on a mobile device or PC. Residents over the age of 18 all have full legal access to online horse betting sites that offer betting on races throughout the USA and across the world. If you’re unable to find the time, or perhaps can’t physically get to the track or a simulcast facility to bet on big events like the Kentucky Derby, you can still place wagers on the race with an online account, and it’s all 100% legally.

Visit our Gambling in Massachusetts page for more information on the states gambling laws