Betway Passes Scrutiny for License in Mass. Sports Betting

Betway Passes Scrutiny for License in Mass. Sports Betting
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Mark another one off the Massachusetts sports betting checklist.

After a refreshing and thorough presentation by Betway to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), the company, which is based in Hoboken, N.J., has met the criteria for an untethered Category 3 online sports betting license in the Commonwealth.

The MGC would like to see supplemental material submitted by Betway to give more information on a potential launch date, along with more information on Super Group.

Super Group acquired Digital Gaming Corporation, Betway’s owner, on Jan. 1.

Where Betway Operates

Betway is live and operational in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their online casino is live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Betway also does business in more than 10 countries and has 60+ brand partnerships, 14 in the U.S.

Untethered approvals already have been given on BallySports (Jan. 6), FanDuel Massachusetts (Jan. 9),  betr (Jan. 10) and DraftKings Sportsbook (Jan. 11).

PointsBet USA, the last of the six untethered providers, will make its presentation to the MGC on Tuesday, Jan. 17, starting at 10 a.m.

Voting on the untethered license applications will take place Jan. 18-20.

Previously, the MGC announced that retail sports wagering at Category 1 licensees will launch in the state on Jan. 31. Online/mobile sports wagering, which brings Massachusetts betting apps, is targeted to launch sometime in mid-March. The aim is to do so before the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament begins.

Fanatics Approved Thursday

Fanatics Sportsbook Massachusetts whose three-day public hearing dating back to last month concluded Thursday, passed with a 5-0 vote by the MGC to operate with a Category 3 online sports betting license.

A privately held company that has yet to launch its branded sports betting app, Fanatics will be tethered to Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville (Category 1 retail license). 

Fanatics’ first brick-and-mortar, retail sportsbook will open its doors to sports bettors at the Washington Commanders’ FedEx Field on Friday, Jan 20 at 10 a.m.

It will be the first sportsbook in the nation to open inside an NFL stadium.

Keep checking BetMassachusetts.com for updates on the launch of sports betting in the state as well as for Massachusetts sports betting promos.

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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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