Online betting starts on Friday at Mass; seven phone apps for live launch

Online betting starts on Friday at Mass;  seven phone apps for live launch

With the launch of legalized online gambling in Massachusetts on Friday, a local betting analyst says the state is ready for the big day.

“The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has done a great job preparing for this,” said Bet Massachusetts betting analyst Lou Monaco. “It was planned in great detail.”

So what does it all mean?

In short, online gambling gives people the option to place a variety of bets using phone apps instead of visiting one of the state’s three big casinos in person. Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville.

Online betting starts on Friday at Mass;  seven phone apps for live launch

“Retail Gambling” as Monaco calls it started on January 31st in Massachusetts, one week before Super Bowl LVII.

“However, betting online is much easier because you can just do it on your phone instead of going somewhere,” Monaco said.

One way to bet online is DraftKings Sports Betting, created by DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports tournament and sports betting company based in Boston.

DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins said in a written statement, “It’s been just over 10 years since we started DraftKings out of a spare bedroom in Watertown, and now we’re proud to have the opportunity to provide a safe and legal sports betting product more million die-hard sports fans in Massachusetts. This launch will be a significant milestone for our company and we are proud to become the hometown sportsbook for customers in the Commonwealth.”

According to Monaco, Massachusetts is at the right time to launch online gambling for two reasons. One is that it occurs just as the NCAA basketball tournament is about to begin.

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“States want to launch (online betting) around certain events, and this is one of those events,” he said, noting that the retail launch came right before the Super Bowl.

Monaco says another reason now is a good time to get into online gambling is that March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. He said it means people are paying more attention to the issue.

“Many of these (retail and online gambling operators) have already agreed to invest in gambling warning programs, PSAs (public safety announcements) and other initiatives in case punters get caught,” Monaco said.

He said Massachusetts has also introduced a “self-exclusion option” for problem gambling.

Monaco said people can check themselves if they choose to “self-exclude” with any online sports betting app. This means that they can put themselves on a list that prevents them from gambling for a certain period of time.

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