Finally, sports bettors will have something more to wager on. Baseball, basketball and hockey are back, not to mention the NFL is right around the corner. It’s time to check out New England Sports Betting – An Overview and Update
Currently, 18 states offer legal and regulated sports wagering. Rhode Island and New Hampshire are the only two from New England.
Rhode Island Process Has Changed
The gaming revenue stream from legal sports betting decreased dramatically this spring due to closing in March. On July 22nd, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed legislation to end in-person registration for mobile sports betting.
Rhode Island casinos reopened June 8. With the in-person registration requirement ending, casino revenue to the Ocean state will get a huge boost.
In December of 2019, fewer than 8,000 people had completed the in-person registration process. In New Hampshire, new legal sports betting has over 400% more bettors in its early months.
New Hampshire – New England Sports Betting
Sports betting became legal in July 2019 after New Hampshire legislators passed the enabling bill earlier in the year. The state launched mobile NH sports betting via the DraftKings Sports book app in early 2020. Retail locations are soon to follow.
DraftKings Sports book offered New Hampshire a deal they couldn’t refuse. According to DraftKings, the state will receive 51% of sports betting revenue. Also, they would operate mobile and retail by itself. New Hampshire has nearly 35,000 users registered for the DraftKings Sports book app as of last week.
Massachusetts Legislators Balk Again
Every body in Massachusetts seems to want legalized sports betting. However, the Massachusetts Senate it from a $459 million economic development package.
“……I believe that certainly, the time is close when we are going to be tackling this issue, but the time is not now,”State Sen. Michael Rodrigues, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
- The bill offered three types of sports betting licenses:
- online and in-person wagering at the MGM Springfield Penn National’s Plainridge Park, and Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor,
- in-person wagering at racetracks, and
- digital-only platforms for operators that have offered daily fantasy in Massachusetts for at least a year and are licensed for sports wagering in two other states.
The push for legal sports betting in Massachusetts ended July 29th, for now. DraftKings and FanDuel, MGM Resorts International, and the Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little while longer.
Connecticut Still Faces Stalemate With Tribes
Legalized sports betting is going nowhere fast in Connecticut. Governor Lamont endorsed a bill that would give the state’s two federally recognized tribes the rights to take bets on sports. In addition, The Connecticut Lottery and Sportech, which operates 16 pari-mutuel wagering venues in the state, would also have the right to offer sports gambling.
The tribes support an alternative proposal. Senate Bill 21 would grant them the exclusive right to provide sports betting and online gaming, invest in a Bridgeport casino and sports-betting “centers” in several cities, and authorize an online lottery.
The problem seems to be the original Tribal-State Compact. According to the tribes, their agreement with the state grants them exclusivity on casino games extends to sports betting.
If that presumed exclusivity is breached, the tribes would file a lawsuit against the state. In addition, $250 million in annual revenue sharing payments would stop.
Related News – Harness Racing Gets Started
Bangor Raceway Finally Gets Started
Bangor Raceway’s harness racing season will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. Racing at Bass Park will be held every Wednesday and Sunday for at least 10 weeks. Bangor Raceway’s opening will come approximately five weeks after the reopening of the Hollywood Casino and Raceway in Bangor.
Plainridge Re-opens Including Harness Racing
Enjoy live racing on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through November. First race post time is 4 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.