BRIEF Massachusetts Gambling History
Massachusetts Casino Specs and History includes a graph of property facts. In the past five years, Encore Boston Harbor has opened. MGM Springfield celebrated its second anniversary. Also, Plainridge Park Casino has had its casino license renewed after 5 years of operation. So, how did the Commonwealth of Massachusetts get here? The stats of all three casinos are at the bottom of this post. (Please note, this was before the pandemic in 2020)
What a difference from 400 years ago. Those new settlers who appeared on Plymouth Rock were not looking for the nearest casino. In fact, most Puritans disapproved of the numerous lotteries in England or any type of gambling.
According to GamblingSites.com, “As an original colony, Massachusetts has a long history with gaming. It goes back to before it was a state.” Lottery and raffle revenue partially built Harvard University, the Massachusetts State House, and the memorial to Plymouth Rock.
The Massachusetts Gaming Pact
In 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act into law. Accordingly, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission would oversee the addition of 3 casinos and a slots parlor.
“Through the establishment of new gaming facilities, the Expanded Gaming Act will create new jobs. It will generate new revenue for the Commonwealth, and contribute to the economic growth of the local economy.”Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Current Legal Types Of Gambling
The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard started construction on a small class II casino. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a legal challenge from the state and town. Subsequently, work on the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino began in February. However, the latest recent dispute by residents in May halted construction.
Related Posts – Martha’s Vineyard Aquinnah Tribe Casino 2 Years Later
Online Casinos / Sports Betting. The Massachusetts legislature approved pari-mutuel horse race wagering. In contrast, they banned greyhound racing in 2009.
Recently, Massachusetts lawmakers have been debating whether to allow sports betting. Gov. Charlie Baker favors the legalization allowing adults over 21 to wager on professional sports teams. Unfortunately, this may be a long way away. At this point, the legislature is looking towards 2021.
Lottery Betting: The Commonwealth established The Massachusetts State Lottery in 1971. In fact, Massachusetts needed additional revenue for its 351 cities and towns. Over the last 45 years, Massachusetts has become one of the most successful lotteries in the nation.
Bingo Games: Yes, it is available under charitable gaming. Actually, Massachusetts refers to bingo / keno games as ‘Beano.’ Keno is only available through the Massachusetts Lottery. Thus, casinos are not allowed to offer video keno machines.
Massachusetts Casino Specs
Please note – some numbers may not be accurate at this time due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.