**UPDATE** Online betting becomes legal in Massachusetts tomorrow. There are so many other things you can bet on besides sports in Massachusetts.
Sports betting is set to become legal in Massachusetts tomorrow, January 31 and there is a lot of information you must know before making your first bet. The fact that betting is now legal in Massachusetts has been a long time coming and the bill was actually passed several months ago. On the wee morning hours of August 1st, House Speaker made this announcement: “I am proud to announce that the Sports Betting Conference Committee has reached an agreement on legislation that will legalize wagering on professional and collegiate sports in Massachusetts,” tweeted House speaker Ron Mariano shortly after 5 a.m.
While the hope was to get sports betting up and running before the start of the football season, there were too many obstacles and details that needed to be sorted out so a date of January 31st was given and here we are. There are celebratory events happening at each Massachusetts casino tomorrow to commemorate the occasion. Sports celebrities will be on hand at Encore Boston Harbor throughout the day and other sports celebrities will be on hand at Plainridge Park and MGM Springfield to place the official first bets.
How can you be a part of the action? We have put together a list of things you need to know before you place your first bet in Massachusetts. Whether you want to bet on football, cycling, field hockey or even darts, you can get ready to wager starting at 10am tomorrow morning. Other events may be added in the future like esports, the Olympics and even chess. But for now, enjoy the freedom of being able to legally bet in the state of Massachusetts on the following events. Before you place your first bet tomorrow, make sure you read this entire list to ensure you’re ready to go an there’s no confusion. Happy betting!