Sports betting was legalized in Massachusetts on January 31, 2023 and mobile sports betting went live on March 10, 2023. Massachusetts is one of the larger markets in the country due to the population of Boston with six online sportsbooks, including DraftKings and FanDuel. 

Massachusetts Sportsbooks Features & Promos

With six online sportsbooks in the state of Massachusetts, it is recommended that you shop around to find the right option for you. The various betting platforms offer different features and even promos for you fit your wagering needs such as: live betting, live streaming, same-game parlays etc.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Legal Path

In August of 2022, Massachusetts passed House Bill No. 5164 to legalize sports betting which was signed by Governor Charlie Baker later that month. Over the next several months licensing hearings took place ahead of the January 31, 2023, launch date for in-person betting. In March of 2023 online sports betting was launched.

Additional Massachusetts Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding Massachusetts' sports betting rules.

  1. How many sportsbooks operate in Massachusetts?

    There are six online sportsbooks in the state of Massachusetts.

  2. How old do you have to be to bet in Massachusetts?

    You must be 21 years old or older to bet at a legal retail or online sportsbook within the state.

  3. Can you bet on College or high school sports in Massachusetts?

    You can’t bet high school, college or youth sports teams based in Massachusetts, except if a Massachusetts-based team is involved in a collegiate tournament.

  4. Can you play Daily Fantasy in Massachusetts?

    Daily fantasy sports contests are legal.

  5. Do you have to go to a retail location in Massachusetts to register a sports betting account?

    Massachusetts allows for remote registration for sports betting.

  6. Can you bet on Esports?

    Betting on esports and certain olympic wagers are illegal in Massachusetts.

  7. What is the Betting Tax Rate in Massachusetts?

    Tax rate is 15% for retail sports betting and 20% for mobile.

Home Field Advantage

The home of champions of recent as Boston has been spoiled with their professional teams since the turn of the century. If you're in Beantown and looking to back a local team here's who you might place a bet on.

NHL: Boston Bruins

The Bruins’ season runs from early October through April, although it can be extended into May and June if the team makes the playoffs – which it has in recent seasons. The Bruins play at TD Garden Arena and have won six Stanley Cups, the most recent of which came in 2011.

NFL: New England Patriots

The Patriots have been the most successful Massachusetts team recently, winning nine AFC championships and six Super Bowls since 2001 under quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots’ season goes from September through mid-January, but the team had made the postseason nearly every season under Belichick except 2023. New England plays at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

NBA: Boston Celtics

Arguably the most successful NBA franchise, the Celtics have won 17 NBA titles, the most recent in 2008 under Doc Rivers. Boston made the NBA Finals in 2022, but lost to the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics’ season runs from October to April, but they are usually in the playoffs. This season, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lead a Celtics team that has the NBA’s best record. They play at TD Garden Arena.

MLB: Boston Red Sox

The former lovable losers of Major League Baseball, the Red Sox famously hadn’t won a World Series since 1918 until they won one in 2004. Since 2004, they have won three more titles, most recently in 2018. Their season runs from late March to September. They play at Fenway Park in Boston, the same stadium they have played in since 1912.

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