PointsBet Out, 9 Operators in For Massachusetts Sports activities Betting Licenses
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- In a shock transfer, PointsBet withdrew its utility for an untethered on-line sports activities betting license in Massachusetts
- The Massachusetts Gaming Fee authorised short-term on-line sports activities betting licenses for 9 operators
- Fanatics and BallyBet is not going to be able to go for March launch
PointsBet is now not searching for an untethered Massachusetts on-line sports activities betting license, because the operator formally withdrew its utility from the Massachusetts Gaming Fee.
Massachusetts Gaming Fee Govt Director Karen Wells knowledgeable the MGC of the operator’s motion throughout in the present day’s fee assembly.
Two Untethered Licenses Now Out there
With PointsBet’s withdrawal, solely Bally’s, Betr, Betway, DraftKings, and FanDuel stay as authorised untethered on-line sports activities betting license holders. The commonwealth permits for as much as seven untethered licenses, so two licenses at the moment are open for potential operators.
The Massachusetts Gaming Fee authorised short-term on-line sports activities betting licenses for 9 different Massachusetts sports activities betting apps this morning. The operators receiving short-term one-year on-line sports activities betting licenses are:
PointsBet met all standards for an untethered Class 3 on-line sports activities betting license and was authorised by the MGC for a brief license in January.
Of those 9 operators, solely Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, Betr, WynnBet, and Barstool Sportsbook shall be able to launch for the March 10 on-line sports activities betting kickoff within the commonwealth. Fanatics Sportsbook and BallyBet each reported they are going to be able to launch in Could.
Betway has not but been authorised for a brief Class 3 on-line sports activities betting license, because it has not paid its $1 million licensing charge. The operator is anticipated to obtain remaining short-term licensure subsequent week. Nevertheless, throughout its preliminary licensing listening to, representatives for the operator mentioned it is not going to be able to launch in March.
Unlawful Bets Accepted by MGM Springfield
The MGC additionally acquired particulars on unlawful bets accepted by MGM Springfield on two separate Harvard males’s basketball video games in early February.
On Feb. 3, the on line casino accepted bets on the Harvard vs. Yale matchup for 21 hours and $1,150 in bets had been accepted. On Feb. 4, the on line casino accepted bets on the Harvard vs. Brown matchup for 20 hours and $80 in bets had been accepted.
In complete, 28 bets had been positioned on the occasions and most had been included in greater parlays. All 28 bets had been positioned at MGM Springfield sports activities betting kiosks.
The rationale for the error? The corporate inserting Harvard into the MGM Springfield betting catalogue improperly listed the Massachusetts college as being situated in Connecticut, so the filter prohibiting bets on state-located faculties didn’t decide up on the improperly positioned wagers involving Harvard.
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