Legal Massachusetts Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos
As one of the original US colonies, Massachusetts boasts a long and proud history of gambling through the generations. Some of the state's most historic organizations have been founded upon revenues from the gambling industry, notably the world-renowned Harvard University.
Massachusetts was in the thick of a financial storm in the mid-1970s and sought to re-legalize state-operated lottery gaming. Additional forms of gambling have also benefitted from recent regulations, with table casino games, poker, horse racing betting and daily fantasy sports all available to Massachusetts residents.
Massachusetts Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future
As with most US states, legislation in Massachusetts is somewhat behind the times when it comes to online gambling. There is next to no mention of online wagering, but that does not mean it is wholly legalized either.
Massachusetts' state code still talks about those that use a "telephone line for the purposes of accepting wagers or bets", so you can see that its legislature hasn't yet caught up with the state of play in the industry today.
There are reports that Massachusetts is considering following the likes of Delaware and New Jersey in attempting to regulate online betting. The state's Senate Majority Leader, Stan Rosenberg recently said that he couldn't "see how we avoid it [regulating online casinos]".
Massachusetts Gambling Laws - A Brief History
- 1788 - State legislature prohibits playing cards, as well as dice and gaming tables.
- 1832 - All other forms of gambling not included in the previous legislation (inc. lotteries) also outlawed.
- 1972 - State-operated lotteries legalized once again.
- 2011 - State permits the operation of up to four legalized land-based commercial casinos.
What Types of Gambling are Legal in Massachusetts?
- Casino Gambling – Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts but it is in a transitional phase. Currently the state’s only casino only offers electronic games but with several new casinos set to open they will offer all of the traditional live table games.
- Sports Betting – Massachusetts allows sports betting on horse racing but there is no current bill in the works for expanding sports betting. Several neighboring states have introduced or passed sports betting bills so can Massachusetts be far behind? You can follow sports betting in Massachusetts here.
- Online Betting – Online betting is legal in Massachusetts on horse racing and all of the major sites operate there.
- Daily Fantasy – All of the major DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from Massachusetts.
- Poker – Live Poker will be available in Massachusetts as their new casinos open in the near future.
- Bingo – Bingo for charities is very common in Massachusetts and prizes can run up to $10,000.
- Lottery – The Lottery is legal in Massachusetts with lotto ticket sales, scratch off tickets, and Keno drawings held every 4 minutes.