Exciting Prospects: An Exclusive Look at the Upcoming Sportsbooks Set to Debut in Massachusetts this March

Legal Online Sports Betting in Massachusetts: What to Expect

With the imminent arrival of legal online sports betting in Massachusetts, sports enthusiasts in the commonwealth have reason to be excited. While the launch date is approaching, only a select few sportsbooks have obtained the necessary licenses to begin operating. However, unlike many other states, Massachusetts has managed to attract some of the industry’s top operators right from the start. Let’s take a closer look at the expected launch, the sportsbooks involved, and the potential impact on the betting landscape.

Sportsbooks Poised to Go Live

Massachusetts residents will have several reputable sportsbooks to choose from as online betting becomes legal. A total of ten well-known operators are set to launch their platforms on March 10th, pending any unforeseen issues. Among these are the industry giants DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook, along with PointsBet, Bally Bet, and Betr. These sportsbooks have secured untethered Category 3 licenses, allowing them to operate independently without being associated with a physical sportsbook.

Additionally, WynnBet, Caesars, BetMGM, Penn Sports Interactive (Barstool Sportsbook), and Fanatics Sportsbook have obtained tethered licenses and are expected to go live on the same day. However, Betway’s approval may face delays due to its recent acquisition by Super Group, potentially resulting in a slightly later start. Despite these considerations, it is projected that at least 20 legal sportsbooks will be available in Massachusetts in the near future.

Sportsbooks Ready for March Madness

The targeted launch date of March 10th is strategically timed to coincide with one of the most significant betting events of the year – the NCAA basketball tournament, better known as March Madness. By getting the sportsbooks up and running just before this highly anticipated event, Massachusetts aims to tap into the excitement and enthusiasm of bettors during this period.

Karen Wells, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, has expressed confidence that the digital licenses for top sportsbooks like Bally Bet, Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Betr, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Fanatics, and WynnBet will be approved by February 23rd. This will provide ample time for bettors to familiarize themselves with the platforms and take advantage of the betting opportunities during March Madness.

Potential Delays due to Casino Violations

Unfortunately, the path to launching online sports betting in Massachusetts has faced some obstacles. A number of retail casinos in the state were found to have violated NCAA betting regulations, casting a shadow on the industry. Both Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino allowed wagering on college basketball games involving in-state teams that were prohibited from betting.

Although the violations were self-reported and occurred on minor sporting events for a short period, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is conducting a thorough investigation. These incidents have raised concerns about the ability of sportsbooks to adhere to state regulations and may potentially impact the launch date of online sports betting in Massachusetts.


As legal online sports betting prepares to make its debut in Massachusetts, sports fans in the state are eagerly anticipating the launch of various sportsbooks. The expected arrival of ten prominent operators, including industry leaders like DraftKings and FanDuel, presents a wide array of options for bettors. The proposed launch date of March 10th, just before the NCAA basketball tournament, showcases the strategic planning behind the rollout. However, recent casino violations have raised questions about compliance and could potentially cause delays. Nevertheless, Massachusetts is well on its way to becoming a thriving market for online sports betting.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will online sports betting officially launch in Massachusetts?

The anticipated launch date for online sports betting in Massachusetts is March 10th. However, this date is subject to potential delays due to ongoing investigations into casino violations.

2. How many sportsbooks will be available in Massachusetts?

At least ten sportsbooks are expected to be live on the launch date, with a further ten or more anticipated to join the market in the near future. Massachusetts residents will have a wide range of options to choose from.

3. Is March Madness included in online sports betting?

Absolutely! The launch date has been intentionally set just before the NCAA basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness. Bettors will be able to capitalize on the excitement and numerous betting opportunities available during this highly popular event.

4. What types of licenses have the sportsbooks obtained?

The approved sportsbooks in Massachusetts have secured either untethered Category 3 licenses or tethered licenses. Untethered licenses allow sportsbooks to operate independently, while tethered licenses require partnerships with brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

5. Will the recent casino violations affect the launch of online sports betting?

The violations committed by retail casinos in Massachusetts are currently under investigation. While there is a possibility of delays, the launch is still expected to proceed as planned, pending the outcomes of the investigations.

Doug I. Jones

Doug I. Jones

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