The Progress For Legalized Sports Gambling in New England varies from state to state. They fall into three categories. Let’s look at all six states and see which section they land.
Category #1 – Already Offers Legalized Sports Betting
The first New England state to offer legal sports betting and mobile sports betting is reaping the benefits significantly. The Rhode Island lottery operates retail sportsbooks at the state’s two casinos and offers statewide mobile betting through Sportsbook Rhode Island. Unfortunately, at this time, only Twin River casino is offering walk-up betting due to the pandemic.
Mobile sports betting in Rhode Island is conducted by the Rhode Island Lottery, powered by William Hill on an IGT platform.
The Ocean state’s revenue from sports betting is skyrocketing, much like the other states across the country offering legalized sports betting. The total sports betting handle for March in Rhode Island was $38.6 million, showing massive growth of 13% after a disappointing February.
The mobile sports betting handle was also up 19 percent from February, and retail sports betting has also posted some impressive numbers in the state. The mobile handle was $21.2 million in March, making up just under 55% of the total.
New Hampshire – Legalized Sports Gambling in New England
In June 2019, New Hampshire was the second New England state to legalize sports betting. New Hampshire allows 10 retail sportsbooks and 5 mobile ones to provide legalized in-person and mobile sports betting. DraftKings is the exclusive provider of the New Hampshire Lottery, which oversees all sports betting.
Sportsbook at The Brook, New Hampshire’s first sports wagering facility, opened in Seabrook. DraftKings Inc., Eureka Casino Resorts, The Brook, and the New Hampshire Lottery Commission announced the opening.
As in Rhode Island, revenue has recently increased substantially. In March 2021, New Hampshire generated a total of 4.25 million U.S. dollars from sports betting, up from the previous month’s total of 1.79 million U.S. dollars. It is also up over 400% when compared to the previous March in 2020.
Related Post – Comparing Rhode Island and New Hampshire Sports Betting.
In both states, betters must be at least 18 years old and iGaming is not legally available.
Category #2 – We Must Have Legal Sports Betting
Legalized Sports Gambling in New England Continued
Sports betting is technically legal in Connecticut now, but state legislation has not gone any further to allow operations and licensing. As a result, there is currently no legal way to wager on sports legally in the state of Connecticut…yet. However, that looks to be changing soon with recent bills being voted on at the highest level.
The agreement reached in March of 2021 has been added to a now amended state pact that gave Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino exclusive gambling rights in Connecticut for almost thirty years. Here are specifics of the new agreement:
- It will allow the Connecticut Lottery, in cooperation with both tribal entities, to run sports betting,
- Under the agreement, the CT government will tax all online casino gaming, including online poker, at 18% for the first five years before increasing to 20% for the following five years.
- All sports betting revenue will be taxed at 13.75%. The Connecticut Lottery will have the right to operate 15 retail onsite locations and one online sportsbook. Two of the retail locations will be located in Hartford and Bridgeport.
- Both tribes also agreed to pause the construction of their joint casino Tribal Winds proposed in East Windsor, CT, for the next ten years.
- the tribes would be able to develop a casino in Bridgeport (an enterprise neither tribe wants to undertake)
- Sportech, licensed by the state to offer off-track betting, would be licensed by the CT Lottery for sports betting in brick-and-mortar locations, not online.
Interest In One License Booming
The Connecticut Lottery announced plenty of interest in the last remaining license to operate CT sports betting. The Lottery received 15 responses to its request for qualifications, which launched 11 days before the deadline, just a few days away.
The Lottery invited those 15 companies to present their responses before finalists are asked to submit formal business plans. On the current timeline, the Lottery will pick a sports betting partner on May 17.
As a result, the process remains on an accelerated timeline with the hopes of launching CT sports betting in time for the start of the NFL season.
Related Post – iGaming Will Put Connecticut On Top In New New England.
Massachusetts – Legalized Sports Gambling in New England
The cautious, “get it right the first time” attitude of Massachusetts politics may be stifling the legalization of sports wagering. NETG’s friend, Steve Ruddock, calls it “paralysis by analysis. “The support to legalize it is strong, but the means of getting it accomplished is still up in the air. According to LegalSportsReport.com., “There are now at least 23 MA sports betting bills filed in both chambers of the state legislature. That is up from 14 in February.”
Matthew Waters from LegalSportsReport.com. reports that “The good thing for sports bettors in the Bay State is there are multiple reasons to legalize betting this year:
- The search for more revenue following the coronavirus pandemic.
- Support from legislative leaders, including Gov. Charlie Baker, who has a bill of his own.
- Plenty of time., as the Massachusetts Legislature does not adjourn until the end of the year.
- Pressure from border states to keep betting dollars in-state.
Meanwhile, the state’s three casinos are chomping at the bit. It is no secret that The MGM Springfield has been preparing to open a sportsbook as soon as they’re legally able to. BetMGM is one of the top sports betting sites available. It’s likely they would partner with their Massachusetts retail location when sports betting is legalized in the state. Likewise, FOX Bet would most likely partner with the established Plainridge Park casino.
Category #3 – We Need To Investigate Adding Sports Betting
Seven different bills regarding sports betting were proposed in Maine’s legislature since 2019. Last year, a bill to legalize sports betting made it to the desk of Maine’s Governor Janet Mills, who vetoed it. “Sports betting can’t be marketed towards kids.” which was a big issue for the Governor.
“Rightfully so,” said State Senator Louis Luchini. In response, Luchini reintroduced a similar document last week, reworking it to address the Governor’s concerns. Those main concerns were marketing to children and punishments for illegal sites or gambling rings. Four other legislators introduced similar bills, which are expected to be merged into one during committee work sessions.
Being left behind in the race to legalize sports betting is a big concern in Maine. And the amount of revenue escaping to New Hampshire is astounding. Maine residents are still betting on sports, but those wagers are outside of New Hampshire.
Sports bettors have waged $459 million in New Hampshire, resulting in $15.5 million in tax revenue for that state. New Hampshire and Rhode Island took in almost $ 2 million in tax revenue last month alone.
Luchini’s bill would also benefit Maine’s indigenous tribes. “This bill would hopefully give equity to the tribes. Hopefully, they will be able to conduct a form of gaming here in the state of Maine,” said Luchini.
Is “sports betting” legal in Vermont? The answer might surprise you. Yes. VT residents can legally bet real money on sports at online sportsbooks located offshore and outside Vermont and the United States jurisdiction. But that’s where the line is drawn. At this time, Vermont has not yet joined the states that have legalized and launched sports betting, nor even began legislation to do so.
The Vermont Minimum Sports Betting Age is 18 years old at Offshore sites only. And there are no restrictions as to what you can’t bet on, in terms of local teams, New England college teams, etc.
Vermont does not yet offer sports betting, but lawmakers are studying the issue and beginning to consider proposals for regulating the industry should a bill be passed.
All six New England states have delved into the sports betting “pool.” Some are only testing the waters by sticking a toe in the water. Others have already done a “cannon-ball,” splashing their success all over the region. One thing for sure, the number of states offering sports betting and gaming will continue to grow at an amazing pace over the next few years.