Massachusetts Online Casinos

Giuseppe Faraone
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Players living in Massachusetts have long since relied on Connecticut's neighbouring states to provide them with a spectacular land-based casino experience. 

For years, the Bay State has not moved a single step forward in gambling options, only providing its residents with horse racing (pari-mutuel wagering) and lotteries to provide some form of entertainment. 

Under the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011, the casino scene within Massachusetts changed dramatically when three new commercial casinos were able to open their doors, along with a slot parlour. 

Aside from commercial and tribal casinos, Massachusetts also offers casino cruises for patrons, used as a loophole to circumvent federal law. 

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Last Updated • February 2024

Overview of Gambling in Massachusetts

Online gambling in the US is taking off at a slow pace, with only a few states fully legalising sports betting. Whilst online casino gambling in US is still way back in the shadows, for many reasons such as the economic impact on established land-based casinos. Laws have changed to permit states to make their own legislation when it comes to online gambling. But how does Massachusets stand on this?

It’s important to understand the state laws surrounding this popular activity, to ensure you don’t fall foul to fines or worse. Here is our guide on the full lowdown of online gambling in the Bay State.

Guide to gamble in the state of Massachusetts

Is Online Gambling Legal in Massachusetts?

Currently the only form of legal online gambling is social online casinos. Like many states, the Massachusetts gambling laws are outdated and don’t cover online gambling. This doesn’t mean that the state isn't open to the idea of online casinos and sportsbooks though.

Lawmakers are having ongoing discussions concerning online gambling bills. The first is designed to legalise DFS contests, the second proposes a broad law to make all forms of online gambling legal. At present this is stuck with a Senate Committee who are concerned with the impacts the law would make on the local economy. Things are looking promising though.

Surprisingly when compared with other states, Massachusetts only has a handful of land-based casinos. There is one legal horse race track where bets are taken using the pari-mutuel system. There are a number of charitable bingo games and one state lottery too.

Minimum Legal age to Gamble in Massachusetts

The minimum age to bet on the state lottery, horse/dog racing is 18. Players of charitable bingo games also need to be a minimum age of 18. Whilst gambling in any of the four licensed state casinos sees a minimum of age 21 applied.

Who Regulates Casinos in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission regulates all commercial casinos within the state, as well as issuing licences. The National Indian Gaming Commission oversees all tribal gambling. 

The Massachusetts Lottery is responsible for regulating all local draw games and licensed lotto outlets. Whilst the Massachusetts Attorney General's Gaming Enforcement Division regulates all other gambling in the state. Here are some news about the US online casinos: 

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Giuseppe Faraone

Giuseppe Faraone

Author & Online Gambling Expert

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Being so close to the action in iGaming, Giuseppe is on top of any new developments the minute they come through the door, as his book is testament to. Published in October 2022, his first book; The Untold Story of Online Gambling is available on Amazon.
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