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Massachusetts Sports Betting Launch Dates and Offers November 2022

Your Guide To All the Top Free Money Offers and Launch Dates

Online sports betting is coming to Massachusetts! Find out which will be the first sportsbooks to launch in the Bay State and which will follow them soon thereafter

ByPat Pickens

Nov 21, 2022

Online sports betting is on its way to Massachusetts, and it won’t be long until you can start placing your bets in the Bay State.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed retail and mobile sports betting into law in August 2022, with the hopes of launching in-person betting early in 2023. Mobile apps are getting their ducks in a row to launch, and they are expected to be operational before the second quarter of 2023.

Dozens of online sportsbooks are reportedly expected to apply for applications, but the usual suspects of DraftKingsFanDuelCaesarsBetMGM and BetRivers will almost certainly be among the first available when the state’s online infrastructure is sorted out.

Yes! Baker signed legislation Aug. 10, 2022 that made both retail and online sports betting in Massachusetts legal.

When Will Online Sports Betting Launch in Massachusetts?

The state is in the process of regulating and vetting the sportsbooks to determine which should be the first to go live. The process of vetting retail sportsbooks takes less time, and bettors are expected to be able to start placing sports wagers there early in 2023.

Online sports betting regulations will take longer to sort out, but the reported hope is the practice will be operational by March Madness in 2023.

What Online Sportsbooks are Live in Massachusetts?

We don’t know which sportsbooks will officially win the seven initially available licenses. But here are the contenders:

  • Caesars
  • FanDuel
  • BetRivers
  • DraftKings
  • BetMGM
  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • PointsBet
  • Betway

Online Sportsbooks Expected in Massachusetts

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: Bet $5, Get $200 Free
  • Full Review: DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Estimated Launch Date: March 2023

DraftKings is the most widely available sportsbook in the United States. Bettors may play with DraftKings in more than a dozen states, and the Boston-based sportsbook/daily-fantasy site should be among the first to begin operation when sports betting gets rolled out in the Bay State.

The DraftKings Online Sportsbook has a plethora of odds boosts and great promos, plus a user-friendly interface that makes it among the most popular options in America.

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: Risk-Free Bet up to $1000
  • Full review: FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Launch Date: March 2023

FanDuel Sportsbook is No. 1 in the United States due to its wide availability and innovative practices. FanDuel is among the most available online sportsbooks in the country and is almost universally among the first to launch when a new state rolls out online sports betting.

Plus, FanDuel has multiple good new user offers, including a risk-free bet of up to $1,000 that will reimburse in site credit if it doesn’t hit. That means if you put a $1000 wager on the Boston Celtics at -110, you’ll get $1910 just as you would for hitting a single wager. But if the Celtics didn’t win, FanDuel would reimburse your funds in the form of site credit that would only need to be played through once to turn back into a cash balance.

BetMGM Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: Up to $1000 Risk-Free Bet
  • Full review: BetMGM Sportsbook
  • Launch Date: March 2023

BetMGM is one of the most widely known sportsbooks in the U.S. thanks to its partnership with the legendary MGM casino brand. Bettors can receive MGM Rewards that can be redeemed for perks like dining and hotel credits at various MGM properties nationwide.

BetMGM gives bettors a great new user offer of a risk-free bet up to $1000, which also reimburses as site credit if it doesn’t hit. Bettors whose initial bet is less than $50 will receive a second bet equal to the first wager’s amount. If the first wager is greater than $50, and the initial bet doesn’t hit, BetMGM will reimburse in free bets in 20% increments of the initial bet.

That means if your initial $100 wager falls short, you’ll receive five free $20 bets to use.

Caesars Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: $1250 First Bet Insurance
  • Full review: Caesars Sportsbook
  • Launch Date: March 2023

The self-proclaimed emperor of sports betting has entered the sports betting space in a big way after Caesars purchased popular British sportsbook William Hill. Caesars has elite odds and promos, as well as a VIP rewards program that is second to none.

Bettors in Massachusetts who use Caesars will have access to a risk-free bet up to $1250. Just and use code GAMEDAYFULL to activate the new-user offer. If the initial wager falls short it’ll be reimbursed with a second bet equal to the first amount.

PointsBet Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: Five Risk-Free Bets up to $500
  • Full review: PointsBet Sportsbook
  • Launch Date: March 2023

PointsBet is changing the sports-betting game by offering fixed-odds betting as well as its custom PointsBet style that punishes users for being wrong and rewards them for being corrected.

PointsBet has a great new-user offer where it’ll give a new bettor five risk-free bets up to $500. New users who use the promo code GD5X100  can get reimbursed up to $100 five times on their first five fixed-odds wagers.

BetRivers Sportsbook

  • New Player Offer: Risk-free bet up to $500
  • Full review: BetRivers Sportsbook
  • Launch Date: March 2023

BetRivers is a fixture among Northeast sportsbooks and is the perfect option for new and novice sports bettors. BetRivers offers a helpful glossary of terms and has an easy-to-use interface that makes betting a breeze.

BetRivers also offers new users a risk-free bet up to $500 for their first wager. Users who lose their initial bet will be reimbursed with a second wager equivalent to their first.

How to Register at a Massachusetts Online Sportsbook

There is some clear and understandable anxiety when a user is asked to sign up and part with his or her hard-earned money before a service that isn’t yet operational. But rest easy knowing that signing up for a sportsbook is as easy as signing up for an account with your favorite online retailer.

Fortunately too, The Game Day has partnerships with each of the sportsbooks referenced above, which means that by clicking through our custom links and using the sometimes-required promo code, a new user may unlock the best offer each of the best sportsbooks have.

Here’s a list of the steps to registering.

  • Pick your preferred sportsbook from the list on the top of the page and click through the custom link on our review page
  • You will be redirected to the sportsbook’s registration page. Sign up using your real information
  • Enter any necessary promo code like “GAMEDAY"
  • Verify your identity by clicking a link in your email account
  • Deposit money
  • Start betting!

Author

Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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