MA Sports Betting Board Preps To Deal With Compliance Issues

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State regulators could require a private meeting to discuss a compliance issue with two casinos regarding the approved MA sports betting catalog. 

Thursday’s Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting itinerary notes that there will be a Massachusetts sports betting update regarding Plainridge Park Casino and Encore Boston Harbor’s compliance.

There were no further details regarding what will be discussed. 

In-person MA sports betting launch

In-person sports betting kicked off in the Commonwealth on Jan. 31

Plainridge Park Casino features the Barstool Sportsbook, while Encore Boston Harbor features the WynnBet Sportsbook. MGM Springfield is the other retail casino in MA, and features the BetMGM Sportsbook

On Feb. 2, MGC executive director Karen Wells told commissioners that the launch was successful, and she had not heard of any issues come to light. That has since changed. 

MA sports wagering compliance issue

As stated in the agenda

The commission anticipates that it may meet in executive session in conjunction with its review of Plainridge Park Casino and Encore Boston Harbor’s compliance with the Approved Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog … to discuss the details of any ongoing investigation related to the licensees’ compliance with the Approved Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog.

An MGC spokesperson told LSR: “The IEB is scheduled to give a status update on catalog compliance during this first week of sports wagering.”

Commonwealth’s approved bets

The MGC officially approved its sports betting catalog on Jan. 24

Commissioners voted to allow drafts, awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, etc.) and special events like the Oscars and Emmy Awards

The MGC elected not to allow eSports, Russian and Belarusian-sanctioned events, Jai Alai, chess, cornhole, and judged summer and winter athletic competitions like the Olympics

MA online sports wagering timeline

MA will launch online sports betting in early March, prior to the NCAA Tournament

March Madness begins on March 14. The MGC has yet to provide a specific date for launch.

There will be 11 online sportsbooks in the Commonwealth. Betway has said it will not start on time.