MGM Springfield Gets Sports Betting License

Written By Derek Helling on December 19, 2022 - Last Updated on December 20, 2022
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On Monday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approved MGM Springfield for a Category 1 sports betting license. With that approval, the stage is set for the casino in the southern part of the state to accept in-person wagers on sporting events as soon as next month.

MGM Springfield joins Encore Boston Harbor as a Category 1 license recipient in Massachusetts. More action on MGM Springfield’s online sports betting partner, BetMGM, came hours later.

MGM Springfield starts holidays off right

Monday is the first day of Chanukah along with just days before the Christmas and Kwanzaa holidays for 2022. There’s an extra reason for the casino’s operator, MGM Resorts, to celebrate. The MGC voted unanimously to approve MGM Springfield’s Category 1 license application on Monday afternoon.

That means the casino could open its physical sportsbook on its property late next month. The casino still needs to take care of a few final regulatory matters, however. Specifically, it will have to pass systems inspections on-site, among other things.

The MGC has now approved two of the three Category 1 license applications it received. The other application, for Plainridge Park Casino, is pending further hearing. The Commission completed other actions before convening on Monday.

Monday night brings good news for BetMGM

On its agenda for its meeting, the MGC also listed a potential vote on a Category 3 license for BetMGM. Prior to Monday, WynnBet was the only recipient of such a license in Massachusetts. The Commission voted to grant BetMGM conditional approval for a temporary license on Monday night.

A Category 3 license would assuming further regulatory approval allow BetMGM to join WynnBet in taking bets online in Massachusetts. The MGC has given a rough estimate of March for when online wagering might begin in the state.

The conditions attached to BetMGM’s temporary licensure included providing the MGC with further information about the company’s diversity employment plans. Provided BetMGM complies, the Commission can eventually grant a permanent license to the sportsbook.

The Commission will be right back at it Tuesday morning with more potential license approvals on tap.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA. Helling focuses on breaking news, including legislation and litigation in the gaming industry. He enjoys reading hundreds of pages of a gambling bill or lawsuit for his audience. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa.

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