Casino Gambling in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Casino Guide
Today, Massachusetts doesn't offer any legal land-based casinos. Online in Massachusetts, you've got options in the countless Internet gambling sites available. But live? Not so much. That's about to change. Big time. In November 2011, the Governor of Massachusetts signed the Expanded Gaming Act into law. The new law allows for three new resort casinos to be built in the state. When they're ready, the new casinos will give Vegas, not to mention Massachusetts Internet gambling sites, a run for their money.
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History of Massachusetts Gambling
While casino gambling legally doesn't yet exist within the state of Massachusetts (except for the thousands of Internet Massachusetts casinos), the Commonwealth is quite rich in casino gambling history. In 1762, after a fire all but destroyed Feneuil Hall, John Hancock raised money through a lottery to rebuild it. Lottery funds were also used to pay for the Revolution. And a notable Harvard dorm was even built using lottery money.
- Population: 6,646,144
- Land Size: 7,800 sq. miles
- Population 18+: 78.7%
- Gambling Age (Casinos): 21
- Gambling Age (Lottery): 18
- Number of Casinos: 0 (yet)
- Nickname: The Bay State
- Home of Joseph Sullivan, who was one of the masterminds behind the fixing of the 1919 World Series
- New casino properties are now under construction
- Home of the first subway system in the US
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No Land-Based Casinos
Local Casino Venues
There are currently no legal casino properties in Massachusetts, however there are two horserace tracks in Massachusetts where gamblers can bet on horses. Unfortunately, unlike the racinos that are popular in other states across the country, the tracks in Massachusetts don't offer any form of slot machine or table game gambling. If you want to bet on casino games, Massachusetts online casino sites are your best bet.
When the new casino properties are eventually built, they will be strategically positioned to cater to players in every inch of the state. Massachusetts is allowing licenses for one casino in three separate regions of the state. Region A consists of Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties. Region B is made up of Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. And Region C includes Bristol, Plymouth, Nantucket, and Barnstable counties. Of course, if you choose to play at an online gambling casino in Massachusetts, it doesn't matter whether you're located in Boston, Worcester or Springfield.
Casino Gambling Age Restrictions
While no casinos exist today, the gambling age in Massachusetts is still 21 years old. That goes for land-based casinos, poker rooms, Massachusetts online casinos, online poker rooms, and sports betting sites. To play the lottery in the state, you must be at least 18 years old.
Famous Massachusetts Gamblers
One of Massachusetts' most famous gamblers also happens to be one of baseball history's most notorious. Joseph J. "Sport" Sullivan was a bookmaker and gambler who hailed from Boston, Massachusetts. He's famous for betting on the 1903 World Series as well as the 1907 World Series, for which he was arrested. But it's his involvement in the 1919 World Series that made him famous.
Sullivan is credited with fixing the 1919 World Series after meeting with Chicago first basement Charles Arnold Gandil at a hotel in Boston and arranging for Arnold Rothstein, a major crime boss, to bankroll the fix.
The State of Online Gambling in Massachusetts
The government of Massachusetts is focused on expanded land-based casino gambling in the state. And with no current casinos in the state, plus the fact that the selection process will likely drag on, it's unlikely that the state will focus their efforts on a Massachusetts online gambling bill until the three casino properties are up and running.
But even without a legalized Massachusetts casino gambling bill on the books, casino players from Boston to Lowell can choose to play at a number of online casino sites that are open to residents of Massachusetts. It should be noted that all these sites are based outside of the state, so make sure you understand your local laws before playing.
The Future of Massachusetts Casino Gambling
While the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act promises to make gamblers in Massachusetts very happy, there's still a chance that the law could be repealed. Several anti-casino groups are aiming to force a referendum that would ask voters to repeal the law, ultimately putting the future of casinos in Massachusetts at risk. However, even if the law ends up being shelved, casino players can still play at a number of Massachusetts online casinos without interference from the anti-casino groups.
Gambler's Note: Massachusetts casino laws are always changing. The information on this page is for informational purposes only. Always consult Massachusetts state law and local regulations before playing at an Massachusetts online gambling site.
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