Massachusetts residents are called “Bay Staters”, and the state is one of the smallest in the nation, being ranked 44th in terms of land. There are 10,000 square miles of land, lakes, and forest, but the state actually has a dense population of nearly seven million residents, is ranked 14th in the nation for the population.
The state was the 6th state admitted to the union on February 6th, 1788. Here, you have rich United States history, which includes individualism and rebellion. It’s the home of Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party and given their passionate and freethinking spirit, it’s surprising it took them this long to legalize gambling.
Looking back for casino gambling history in Massachusetts we don’t find much, but the bright side is that everything is happening now or in very recent past. The Expanded Gaming Act was approved in 2011, allowing three casinos and one slot venue to be built in the state.
This Expanded Gaming Act divided the state into 3 regions, allowing one casino to each one. It took 4 years for the first of the establishments to open its doors, and the first one to open was the Plainridge Park Casino, in Plainville, the slots parlor. After a few hours of opening, the cashiers were temporarily out of money, such as the demand.
In August 2018, the MGM Springfield opened its doors, located in region B, a property worth close to $1 billion and that will boost both gambling and the economy of the region.
A second casino is expected to open in June 2019, the Encore Boston Harbor. it’s a $2.5 billion property in region A, Boston, Everett, right in the middle of Massachusetts, serving its largest city and capital of the state, 5 miles away from the Logan International Airport.
The dimension of this casino will match it with the Borgata in Foxwoods or any other mega-casino in Vegas or the East Coast, and such an investment will revitalize the whole area, as there will be a new boardwalk, esplanade and hotel, all covering 13-acre, and also a marina with a luxurious service of water taxi climate-controlled shuttle.
Region C is the one left, and it covers Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, the eastern area of the state with good overall wealth. Unfortunately, in this region, the two Native American tribes have court battles to determine how the casino is going to be operated.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has plans to build $1 billion casinos in Taunton, but it’s getting resistance from the residents of that city. The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe wants to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, and apparently might be taking the lead on this race.
With two mega-casinos and resorts and the proximity to the casinos from Rhode Island, Lincoln, Newport or Connecticut, the citizens of Massachusetts have currently plenty of locations to pick from.
Types of Gambling Found in Massachusetts
With just about all forms of gambling starting at 18, you have several different options available when it comes to the types available. Massachusetts has a big market for the lottery as players will be able to buy tickets at just 18. The lottery is helpful to many states as a revenue booster for public schools and other types of government programs.
The lottery in Massachusetts has games like Mega Millions, Powerball, Megabucks, Doubler, Mass Cash and Keno. The lottery has been around for quite a while, it was established on September 27th, 1971.
Pari-mutuel betting is big in Massachusetts, players of this state not only have dog racing, but they have horse racing too. There are three tracks in total, one for dog racing and the others for horses. There are two casinos within the state which players can visit at 21 or over. In recent news, the state governor signed a bill to allow more casinos to be built to increase revenue. This caused a stir within the state because the governor was straying away from their puritan culture.
The legal framework in Massachusetts hasn’t been updated to cover online gambling just yet, so several offshore sites are available, with options that include poker and other casino games. With the recent approval of daily fantasy sports, it’s expected in a near future that sports betting and online gambling can follow.