Tag: Massachusetts Gaming Commission

MA regulator “frustrated” by DraftKings betting violations

Commissioners from state gambling regulator, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), said they were “frustrated” by DraftKings' betting violations.

DraftKings reported itself to the Commission after discovering it had offered bets on the tennis UTR pro-series, which is not an approved betting event in the state.

The MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) looked into the case. The wagering took place over a 12-day period from 10 March to 22 March.

During this time, players placed 864 bets on three events for a total handle of $7,867. DraftKings said the reason the error took place was because of a “miscommunication” between its trading and trading compliance teams.

The fault occurred after the operator copied a list of tennis offerings from a different jurisdiction without verifying if the event was approved in Massachusetts.

After discovering the issue, the DraftKings returned stakes to the players who had placed a bet, as well as removed any winnings and return..

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Massachusetts’ mobile sports betting market goes live

The six online operators approved to launch mobile sports betting offerings in Massachusetts – FanDuel, DraftKings, WynnBet, Barstool, BetMGM and Caesars – have gone live in Massachusetts.

More than six months on from when then-governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 5164 into law, players have begun placing bets from the six online operators licensed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) – joining the now majority of US states that have legalised the activity.

The rollout follows the launch of retail sports betting towards the end of January, that permitted any land-based casino or racetrack operator to apply for a licence.

“The debut of sports betting in Massachusetts has delivered an incredible amount of excitement and activity to our retail sportsbook at MGM Springfield,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “We’re proud to expand our best-in-class wagering experience statewide during one of sports’ biggest months of action.”

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Massachusetts overturns affiliate ban in regulation

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced that it will overturn the ban on affiliates that was created in the state’s regulation.

In its open meeting today (23 February), the MCG agreed to replace the existing language in its regulation, which currently bans affiliates from the market by prohibiting cost per acquisition (CPA) and revenue share agreements.

The MGC went on to confirm that they have been working on amendments to the regulations of both licensing for sports wagering vendors as well as advertising for sports wagering advertising.

These amendments are currently still a period of consultation and will be voted on during an open meeting on 23 March 2023.

Under regulation 205 CMR 256, subsection 256.01 (3) the law currently reads: “No sports wagering operator may enter into an agreement with a third party to conduct advertising, marketing, or branding on behalf of, or to the benefit of, the licensee when compensation is dependent on, or related to, the volume ..

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Massachusetts’ sports betting market launches

Category 1 license holders can officially offer retail sports betting in Massachusetts from today (31 January), with mobile wagering to follow in March.

Sports betting was officially signed into law in August last year by then-governor Charlie Baker.

After the 21 November deadline to apply for licences passed, the MGC revealed that 15 operators had submitted applications. Initially, 29 operators expressed an interest in applying.

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Massachusetts receives 15 applications for sports betting licences as deadline passes

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has completed the application process for new sports betting licences in the state, with 15 operators having put forward submissions.

The deadline to apply for a licence passed at 2pm local time on 21 November, with the MGC receiving three applications for Category 1 licences, five for a Category 3 licence tethered to a Category 1 licence, and six were received for stand-alone Category 3 licences.

An additional Category 3 licence application to be tethered to a Category 2 licence was also submitted, while the MGC noted that Category 2 licences, which only current horse tracks or simulcast facilities are eligible for, will be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.

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Initial 29 applicants register interest in Massachusetts sports betting licences

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has revealed 29 potential applicants have registered an interest in securing new sports betting licences in the US state.

On 7 October the state’s regulator released a scoping survey, a required prerequisite of a sports wagering operator application in Massachusetts. Parties interested in applying were required to submit the survey by 17 October so that the MGC could begin reviewing those that plan to apply.

The MGC said that it received 29 operators scoping surveys from potential applicants for Category 1, 2 and 3 Sports Wagering Licences by the deadline. Three were in relation to Category 1 Licences, three from parties interested in Category 2 Licences, and 23 came from potential Category 3 Licence applicants.

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