SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received 15 sports wagering operator applications before they hit their deadline on Monday.
Businesses had the option to apply for three categories each:
- Category 1 license: This license allows operators to do in-person wagering at their properties and up to two online platforms.
- Category 2 license: This license is currently only for horse tracks or simulcast facilities.
- Category 3 license: This license allows online sports wagering in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino have all submitted applications for Category 1 and Category 3 licenses. MGM Springfield intends to operate an in-person sports betting and one online platform, which will be called BetMGM. Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino both plan to operate two online platforms each.
Six other applications were also put in for Category 3 licensing in the state. The following businesses are looking to be approved for online sports betting:
- Bally Bet
- Betway (DGC USA)
Massachusetts law allows for only seven stand-alone Category 3 licenses.
Raynham Park and Suffolk Downs are the only businesses in the state that can apply for Category 2 license, which they plan to do in the future but are not prepared for at this time. Applications for this license are based on a rolling basis. Raynham Park has also alerted the MGC that they plan to partner with bet365, who also applied for a Category 3 license, to operate an online sports betting platform, but a Category 2 license must be approved before a Category 3 license application is submitted.
The MGC have set a goal of beginning in-person betting for a Category 1 license by January and online betting for a Category 3 license by March.
Each company that applied for a license also had to submit a non-refundable $200,000 application fee. That money goes into a new Sports Wagering Control Fund at the commission’s control to “finance the operational activities of the commission pertaining to sports wagering,” according to the state’s wagering law.