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Governor Charlie Baker Signs Sports Betting Bill into Law

By Patrick Sargent | August 11, 2022
Last Updated: June 23, 2023

MASS. – For years now, Gov. Charlie Baker said he would sign a sport betting bill if it reached his desk and on Wednesday he stayed true to his word.

Gov. Baker signed the new sports betting bill into law, allowing betting on both professional and college sports. The bill – H 5164 – An Act regulating sports wagering – was passed on July 31 by the House and state Senate.

The sports betting bill will exclude betting on Massachusetts colleges, unless the schools are playing in a nationwide tournament like the NCAA college basketball tournament. Anyone placing a bet must be 21 or older. Sports betting will be allowed at the state’s casinos and across mobile betting platforms.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets Thursday at 10 AM and will discuss preparations related to sports wagering and plan for sports wagering roundtables with licensees and stakeholders.

To watch the Gaming Commission meeting, click here.

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