Massachusetts plans to launch direct sports betting in the state on Tuesday, two weeks before the Super Bowl and well before March Madness.
In-person sports betting will begin at the casino on Tuesday at 10am, while mobile sports betting will begin in early March, though an exact date has yet to be given. The Massachusetts Gambling Commission held a meeting on Monday, and the state was expected to approve operating certificates for three casinos to begin accepting bets.
Former Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation last August to legalize betting on professional and college sports, joining more than 30 states, including neighboring states. Baker said he supported it because residents of the state were already traveling to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and Connecticut to place legal bets. expects to generate as much as $50 million in additional revenue.
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban on sports betting is unconstitutional.
Beginning Tuesday, those wishing to place bets should go directly to Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor, Plainridge Park Casino, or MGM Springfield.
Here’s what three of the state’s casinos have planned for Tuesday, and which former Boston athletes will be attending.
Encore Boston Harbor
Legal sports betting began Tuesday at Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor, the state’s largest and newest casino, also the first to secure a gaming license. The first bet will be made at 10am in the WynnBET kiosk room by the 32 “lucky guests” chosen for their honor. Shortly after the first event, championship-winning athletes and state representatives will place their first bets in the WynnBET Sportsbook window. Celebrities include Sean Thornton, Ty Lowe, Matt Wright, Cedric Maxwell, Eddie House, Johnny Damon, Angela Ruggiero, Massachusetts Speaker Ronald Mariano, Rep. It is included. [Michlewitz]All hosted by Sean McDonough. Everett Casino has 10 live betting windows and over 115 betting kiosks, most of which are available his 24/7. For bettors in a hurry, the casino has set up his 20 kiosks in a modified part of the parking lot, and at 6pm Julian Edelman arrives to “make his own big bet on the WynnBET Sportsbook.” said the casino.
Plainridge Park Casino
Plainridge Park Casino will begin accepting in-person sports betting for the first time on Tuesday at 10am, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1pm with former New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich. According to PlayMA.com, Plainridge expected up to 18 kiosks and he had five wagering windows available for sports betting at the temporary sportsbook. Barstool Sportsbook & Restaurant plans to open an expanded gaming space in his existing Flutie’s Sports Pub at a later date, and the casino will eventually expand to 20 kiosks and his six betting windows.
Boston Bruins legend Ray Burke, Senator Adam Gomez, Rep. Carlos Gonzalez and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno have announced legal face-to-face sports betting at MGM Springfield, Massachusetts’ first resort-style casino. Play a key role in the launch. In its latest sports betting license application, MGM Springfield said it plans to create seven new full-time positions and six new part-time positions once it obtains a sports betting license. Chris Kelly, president of MGM Springfield, noted last month that the casino’s gambling application said he had 4,586 square feet and said, “In the not too distant future, I’m looking forward to transforming his lounge into a sportsbook.” I am very excited about,” he said. “First class sports betting lounge with stadium seating, 45 foot observation wall, space for enclosed wagering counters and wagering kiosks” near the main street entrance/exit. Tuesday’s program starts at 9:15 a.m. and betting starts at 10 a.m. he.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.