Massachusetts Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize online and in-person sports betting.

Massachusetts is one of many states with bills in place to legalize sports betting. The Bay State currently has legislation in Congress aimed at legalizing sports betting. Massachusetts sports betting would be unique from all other states by offering online sports betting that is unaffiliated with existing casinos.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Massachusetts?

No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Massachusetts. However, there is legislation written by Governor Charlie Baker that would legalize sports betting if passed by legislators. There are five total bills regarding sports betting, with the one from Gov. Baker being the most recent.

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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Massachusetts?

The bill Gov. Baker proposed would allow fans to wager on games at casinos and online. Bets placed at sports books would be taxed at 10%, while online wagers would be taxed at 12.5%.

Would the bill legalize online sports betting in Massachusetts?

Yes, Massachusetts sports betting legislation would allow online wagers to be accepted in the state of Massachusetts.

Would any bets be prohibited?

Yes, betting on e-Sports, as well as any high school or college sports. The college sports prohibited would likely only be college teams from the state or college games being played in the state.

Massachusetts Online Gambling FAQ

Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Massachusetts residents.

Is online poker legal in Massachusetts?

No, online poker is not currently legal in Massachusetts. With multiple bills in Congress regarding sports betting and online gambling, it is probably online poker could be legalized sometime in the next year or two.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Massachusetts?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Massachusetts.

Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Massachusetts?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Massachusetts. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Massachusetts as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does Massachusetts have an online lottery?

No, the Massachusetts Lottery does not offer online games.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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