Betr Will Not Launch Friday with Other Mobile Mass. Sportsbooks

Betr Will Not Launch Friday with Other Mobile Mass. Sportsbooks
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held public meeting No. 441 Wednesday, two days before the state's historic launch of mobile Massachusetts sportsbooks with seven providers on Friday at 10 a.m. 
 
Or so it seemed.

Six mobile apps now will be launching in the Commonwealth as Betr will not be ready to launch, according to MGC Chair Cathy Judd-Stein during today's session. 
 
Betr released a statement late Wednesday:.

It read: “At Betr, it is our priority to give our users the best possible experience while using our app. As we continue to work to ensure we can deliver that in Massachusetts, we now plan on launching sometime over the next month, rather than this Friday. We want to thank the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for all of their hard work and collaboration. This is an important milestone for us and we can’t wait to bring our differentiated product experience to sports fans throughout the state.”

When the company launches, it will be Betr’s second state to go live after launching in Ohio in January. The Virginia Lottery awarded Betr a permit to operate in that state on March 3.

The six mobile Massachusetts sports betting apps to go live Friday morning are:

With Betr's launched delayed, bettors should be sure to check out the Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts promo code

 
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Other Wednesday Happenings

House rules discussion was on the docket for all Category 3 (mobile) operators including the approval of change roundups on a payout to a patron and language for “Round Robins.”

After a lengthy back-and-forth discussion of certain parts of the house rules, Commissioner Eileen O’Brien was asking for additional language to be included regarding an operator’s ability to void wagers that are place with incorrect odds. O’Brien said if an operator offers a wager with incorrect odds, and a consumer accepts it, they should not be able to void the wager.

“I think of other circumstances in commerce, if you make an offer by mistake, you are bound by the offer if the consumer accepts it,” O’Brien said. “I thought of an obvious error as a factual impossibility or illegal. Not, you should have known that was a crazy odd. That might be expecting and demanding a level of sophistication on the part of the consumer that I don’t necessarily think is appropriate.”

After more discussion, MGC General Counsel Todd Grossman and his legal team will be going back to review the regulations overnight. They will come back to the scheduled MGC hearing on Thursday morning to propose suggestions.

Additional regulations that were approved by unanimous 5-0 votes included individuals excluded from gaming and sports wagering; uniform standards of accounting procedures and internal controls for sports wagering.

The MGC will hold another public meeting No. 442 on Thursday at 10 a.m., in which the house rules issue will be picked up. It is expected that all certificates of operations will be approved for the six providers to launch on Friday.

Retail sports betting is just hours away.

Stay close to BetMassachusetts.com for all developments as well as for Massachusetts betting promos.

 
Visit BetMGM.com for Terms and Conditions. 21 years of age or older to wager. MA Only. New Customer Offer. All promotions are subject to qualification and eligibility requirements. Rewards issued as non-withdrawable bonus bets. Bonus bets expire 7 days from issuance. In Partnership with MGM Springfield. Play it smart from the start with GameSense. GameSenseMA.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org.
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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