Massachusetts Sports Betting Applications Are In

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 22, 2022
Details of MA sports betting applicants

Before the Nov. 21, 2022, 2 PM (EST) application deadline, Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) received 15 total sports betting license applications.

Three Massachusetts sports betting applications were submitted for Category 1 licenses. Five came in for a Category 3 license tethered to a Category 1 license. Whereas six applications were for stand-alone Category 3 licenses.

The Commission also received one additional Category 3 license application to be tethered to a Category 2 license. In addition, the commission will accept Category 2 licenses on a rolling basis. Only current horse tracks or simulcast facilities are eligible for Category 2.

The MSG aims to launch in-person betting in January 2023, while Massachusetts online sports betting will go live in March next year.

3 Massachusetts casinos partner with sports betting platforms

The law allows Category 1 sports betting operators to operate in-person gambling at their facilities. It also allows them to partner with up to two online betting platforms.

The online platforms attached to a Category 1 license will be a Category 3 sports betting operator.

Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino have each submitted applications for a Category 1 operator license. Massachusetts casino sports betting partnerships are as follows:

  • Encore Boston Harbor will team up with WynnBet and Caesars Sportsbook
  • MGM Springfield will partner with BetMGM
  • Plainridge Park Casino will join forces with Penn Sports Interactive and Fanatics Sportsbook

These entities must be licensed as Category 3 operators and have already submitted the relevant application, awaiting the MGC approval.

Six applicants submitted for Category 3 operator licenses, not including the five tethered to a Category 1 applicant.

The law permits the MGC to award no more than seven stand-alone Category 3 licenses, which allows the operator to offer sports betting in the Commonwealth through an online platform.

The six companies that submitted applications by Monday’s deadline are:

  1. Bally Bet
  2. Betr
  3. Betway (DGC USA)
  4. DraftKings
  5. FanDuel
  6. PointsBet

Each applicant has submitted the $200,000 application fee. The Commission has recently voted 5-0 to process its sports betting bill. The bill requires every license holder to pay a $5 million licensing fee.

MGC continues to accept Category 2 sports betting licenses

As the Gaming Commission continues to receive Category 2 license applications, Raynham Park has revealed its online sports betting partnership. Namely, Raynham Park will unite with Bet365 to operate its online sports betting program.

Bet365 already applied for a Category 3 operator license.

Raynham Park and Suffolk Downs are currently the only entities eligible to apply for a Category 2 license. Both companies intend to apply but they are not ready to offer in-person sports betting by January 2023.

Category 2 licenses are not subject to a competitive process. Therefore, the MGC decided to accept Category 2 applications on a rolling basis. This includes applications for tethered Category 3 licenses.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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