Sports betting kicks off in Massachusetts
Sports gambling products from the likes of mgm extension Resorts and Wynn Resorts began accepting sports bets in the Bay State on Tuesday.
The bookmaker on mgm extension Springfield “is a phenomenal sports betting hub designed for New England sports enthusiasts,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “Today is a monumental step.”
Retail sports betting open to mgm extension Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, and betting is also available through online mobile gaming products.
The state’s first sports bet was placed at the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, along with Boston hockey legend Ray Bourque.
“Yet another first for our City of Springfield (the city of primates) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Mayor Sarno said in a statement. “It has taken a long time and brings yet another chapter of innovation to improve operations and development of mgm extension Springfield.”
“As a strong advocate of mgm extension Springfield, I’m honored to join them mgm extension Springfield President Chris Kelley, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt, mgm extension Resorts VP Chris Gumiela and Bruins Legend and Hall of Famer Ray Bourque to make first sports bet in state.
A couple of state lawmakers have also praised the launch of sports gambling in the Bay State.
State Senator Adam Gomez, a Democrat from Springfield, said he was “proud to sponsor last-session legislation that sought to legalize sports betting in the Commonwealth.”
“Seeing that newly passed law in action today in my own city is a humbling experience,” he added.
State Representative Carlos Gonzalez said sports betting would generate $20-$30 million in tax revenue annually for Massachusetts.
Sports betting is now legal in 33 states and Washington DC, according to the American Gaming Association, the commercial casino industry’s top lobbying group.
The only state in the Northeast without legal sports betting is Vermont. Maine has legalized sports betting, but sports betting hasn’t opened yet.
More than $190 billion in sports betting has been taken nationwide since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal ban in 2018.