Massachusetts has some limited casino gambling. There is legal casino gaming at three commercial properties, one of which runs harness racing.
Despite the best efforts of Gov. Charlie Baker, Massachusetts still has no legalized online casino gambling. And the first legal sportsbooks in MA are not expected to appear until late 2020 at the earliest.
Current Gambling Laws in Massachusetts
Online casinos are currently illegal in Massachusetts. At least, there have been no moves to make table games and slots legal in the state.
There have been several stuttering moves to legalized sports betting in the Bay State in recent years. So far, only HB 4559 has probably the best chance of succeeding.
The bill would regulate online sportsbooks but with only three land-based casinos, retail sports betting would be limited.
Timeline of Casino Legislation Massachusetts:
- 2011: The Expanded Gaming Act is passed, paving the way for three land-based casinos to open in Massachusetts
- 2018: MGM Springfield casino opens.
- 2019: Encore Boston Harbor opens in June.
- 2019: Gov. Charlie Baker proposes a raft of sports betting bills. Bills cover various models, including mobile, online and retail.
- 2020: The House and Senate pull the bill but Massachusetts residents must make do with casinos and sportsbooks in neighboring New Jersey and Rhode Island.
Top Casinos in Massachusetts
- MGM Springfield
- Encore Boston Harbor
- Plainridge Park Casino
There are just three brick and mortar casinos in operation in Massachusetts. Despite the lack of casino sites, each property spreads in impressive array of video slots and table games. Encore Boston Harbor alone has over 2,500 slot machines.
There is a plan in place by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to finish the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino near Martha’s Vineyward, although the project has been beset by legal issues.
Potential Legal Casinos in Massachusetts
- BetMGM MA Casino
- Wynn Online Casino
- FanDuel Casino App
So, which casino operators could likely launch when Massachusetts introduces legal online gambling? MGM Springfield is the perfect outlet for a BetMGM app and gambling site. Plus, Encore owner Wynn Resorts has already rolled out an online sportsbook in New Jersey.
Casino Games to Play in Massachusetts
- Video slots
- Progressive slots
- Video poker
Massachusetts Online Casino FAQs
Can I play online casino games in Massachusetts?
No. In 2020, online casinos are not legal. However, the state is pushing on with legalized sports betting, and it’s hoped that online casino games will eventually be made legal.
How old do I have to be to play casino games?
You must be aged 21 or over to play slots and games like roulette at brick and mortar casinos in Massachusetts.
Under the current proposals, mobile sports betting would be 100 percent legal in Massachusetts. However, the legislation is yet to pass the Senate and may not clear until the end of 2020.