21 Dec 2022
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a public meeting where American Wagering, Inc. was represented and Commissioners looked over the application of that entity for a license to operate sports betting. They unanimously voted to approve Caesars Sportsbook for temporary category 3 operator license.
MGC had set the goal of launching retail betting in January 2023, and online/mobile gambling in March 2023.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23N orders the MGC awarding Category 1 licenses for sports betting to entities holding a gaming licence under MGL Chapter 23K. This license is required to allow an entity to provide sports wagering services, to meet the MGC’s requirements and to pay the associated fees. The holder of a Category 1 license for sports wagering can also offer betting through up to two independently branded mobile apps or other digital platforms that have been approved by the MGC. These platforms will need to be eligible for, and have been issued a Category3 sports wagering licence according to MGL Chapter23N. Encore Boston Harbor was granted the Category 1 permit. The Caesars Sportsbook licence would then be tied to it.
Caesars Sportsbook can now apply for a temporary license in order to allow them to bet on sports while the MGC conducts a thorough suitability assessment. Caesars Sportsbook will need to obtain an operation certificate before accepting wagers on sports events that have been approved. As soon as information becomes available, we will release more details about a universal launch of retail and online betting.