Massachusetts waited until November 2011 to enter the gambling arena when Governor Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act into law. This allowed the creation of up to three resort casinos that were to be located in three geographically diverse areas and for one single slots establishment. As of 2019, there is only one casino (MGM Springfield) and one slot location, with one more fully fledged casino in development (Encore in Boston Harbor). The reason for the delays on construction are due to legal issues with the states local tribes who are attempting to build casinos under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which will be competition for the state-authorized establishments.
One of the only types of real sports betting that is available in Massachusetts is that of horse race betting, and the state currently has two active racetracks. One is Racecourse in Plainville, which is a harness racing track that is operated by Penn National Gaming, and since the Expanded Gaming Act came into law in 2011 it has been able to offer slot machines and is a racino. The second track, Suffolk Downs, reopened in 2018 after closing down in 2014 and will be to offer simulcast events as well as its live offerings.
Also available to play legally in Massachusetts are Daily Fantasy Sports leagues which have been around in the state since 2006. There is a state lottery active but it does not currently allow online play.
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