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Massachusetts Jurisdiction News

Casino City’s Friday Five: Sportsbooks in, daily fantasy out edition
With North Carolina mobile sports betting set to go live on 11 March, seven operators were awarded licenses. In Massachusetts, 10 daily fantasy sports operators were sent cease and desist letters.

Jackpocket teams up with the Boston Red Sox
As the Digital Lottery Courier Partner of the MLB team, Jackpocket will be running multiple giveaways with some major prizes for fans.

WynnBET to halt sports betting operations in eight states
WynnBet will close its sports betting app in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, saying "there are higher and better uses of capital deployment for Wynn Resorts shareholders."

Jackpocket now live in Massachusetts
Bay State residents can play the record $1.05 billion Mega Millions from their mobile devices.

Casino City’s Friday Five: Casino construction, cruises, and ebbs and flows of US gambling
We have two land-based casino renovations, another casino pairing with a cruise line, New York proposing online casino games, and Massachusetts fast out of the online sports betting blocks.

Massachusetts' casinos record $98 million in GGR for February
In addition to the Gross Gaming Revenue brought in at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino, the casinos generated $2.01 million in taxable sports wagering revenue.

This Week in Gambling: US gambling news from ICE London 2023
This week's gambling news comes from the floor of ICE London 2023 as J. Todd discusses sports betting in Massachusetts, the proposition of esports betting in Pennsylvania, and online casinos in Maryland.

MGC to hold public meeting on online sports betting boundaries
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will convene virtually Tuesday, 14 February to discuss the latest on the sports wagering in the state.

Encore Boston Harbor receives green light for expansion
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to allow the Everett casino to begin construction on a new gaming facility across the street from its current location.

Genius Sports is a licensed sports wagering vendor in Massachusetts
The state's Gaming Commission granted the temporary license, which is valid for an initial 12 months pending final full authorization.

Massachusetts

There have been numerous unsuccessful proposals to bring online gaming to the Bay State.

In April 2013, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives sponsored an attachment to the 2014 state budget that would legalize and regulate intrastate online poker. The proposed legislation would provide a category three license to online poker operators and software providers, allowing them to operate for a period of 10 years. In the bill, sports betting and casino games would be prohibited and all players would need to be located within Massachusetts. In June 2013, the amendment regarding online poker was ruled unconstitutional and removed from the State Senate's budget bill.

In July 2013, proponents of online gambling in Massachusetts attempted to attach an amendment to a transportation financing bill that would allow the state to issue internet gambling licenses. The amendment was rejected and there is currently no pending legislation regarding online gambling.

In July 2016, the Senate approved S2423, a bill that would allow the state Lottery to sell its products online and via mobile device, in addition to approving daily fantasy sports. Stipulations regarding online lottery activities were removed, while DFS-friendly language was kept. The legality of DFS in Massachusetts, according to the bill, was to end on 31 July 2018. In April 2018, an adopted amendment to the House Ways and Means Budget removed the July sunset provision and made the legality of DFS in the state permanent.

Provisions concerning fantasy sports were included in H 4569, an economic development package that passed in the House and the Senate in August 2017. The bill allows fantasy sports operators to offer contests with cash prizes and excludes fantasy sports from the state's definition of gambling. It also created a special commission for the purpose of studying fantasy sports and online gambling.

In October 2016, Massachusetts treasurer Deborah Goldberg introduced a bill that aims to allow the Massachusetts Lottery to offer draw tickets and online games through desktop and mobile device. The measure was never taken up by the House.

In November 2018, Goldberg submitted another bill calling for the legalization of online lottery sales and the legislation was scheduled to be reviewed during the new legislative session in January 2019. Lawmakers are also expected to discuss the legalization of sports betting at that time.

Online lottery is not an option in Massachusetts in 2023, despite State Treasure Deborah Goldberg’s push to make it happen.

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Massachusetts Jurisdiction News

Casino City’s Friday Five: Sportsbooks in, daily fantasy out edition
With North Carolina mobile sports betting set to go live on 11 March, seven operators were awarded licenses. In Massachusetts, 10 daily fantasy sports operators were sent cease and desist letters.

Jackpocket teams up with the Boston Red Sox
As the Digital Lottery Courier Partner of the MLB team, Jackpocket will be running multiple giveaways with some major prizes for fans.

WynnBET to halt sports betting operations in eight states
WynnBet will close its sports betting app in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, saying "there are higher and better uses of capital deployment for Wynn Resorts shareholders."

Jackpocket now live in Massachusetts
Bay State residents can play the record $1.05 billion Mega Millions from their mobile devices.

Casino City’s Friday Five: Casino construction, cruises, and ebbs and flows of US gambling
We have two land-based casino renovations, another casino pairing with a cruise line, New York proposing online casino games, and Massachusetts fast out of the online sports betting blocks.

Massachusetts' casinos record $98 million in GGR for February
In addition to the Gross Gaming Revenue brought in at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino, the casinos generated $2.01 million in taxable sports wagering revenue.

This Week in Gambling: US gambling news from ICE London 2023
This week's gambling news comes from the floor of ICE London 2023 as J. Todd discusses sports betting in Massachusetts, the proposition of esports betting in Pennsylvania, and online casinos in Maryland.

MGC to hold public meeting on online sports betting boundaries
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will convene virtually Tuesday, 14 February to discuss the latest on the sports wagering in the state.

Encore Boston Harbor receives green light for expansion
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to allow the Everett casino to begin construction on a new gaming facility across the street from its current location.

Genius Sports is a licensed sports wagering vendor in Massachusetts
The state's Gaming Commission granted the temporary license, which is valid for an initial 12 months pending final full authorization.

 
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