Fanatics Gets Early Start, Ready for Celtics-Heat Game 5

Fanatics Gets Early Start, Ready for Celtics-Heat Game 5
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Some bettors in the Bay State have a new option starting Thursday.

Fanatics Sportsbook Massachusetts announced it was launching its app a few days earlier than planned to take advantage of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, which is tipping off Thursday night.

The move comes less than 10 days after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approved Fanatics for a Category 3 license, allowing it to offer sports betting online and through a mobile app.

At that time, Fanatics said it planned to launch in the state at the end of the month, but sportsbook staff was able to expedite the rollout, giving bettors a chance to wager on what might be the final Celtics game of the season. The latest Celtics championship odds are not looking good, but some sportsbooks are still giving them a decent chance at a comeback. 

With Fanatics in the mix , there are now eight total sportbooks in Massachusetts live in the state, which started legal online sports wagering March 10.

Bonus Bets Expire in 7 Days. One New Customer Offer Only. Must be 21+ to participate & present in MA. In Partnership with MGM Springfield. Visit for T&Cs. Play it smart from the start with GameSense. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-327-5050 or visit US promotional offers not available in NY, NV, or Puerto Rico.

Massachusetts Makes 3 for Fanatics

Massachusetts now joins Ohio and Tennessee, where Fanatics rolled out its app earlier this year.

Like those two states, Fanatics is opening with a soft launch, or beta testing, phase in Massachusetts. According to the company’s announcement, it would notify eligible individuals the app is live, and they can create an account. Fanatics is allowing certain customers from its online retail operations to have first access to the app. Others still can download the app to their Apple or Android device and be placed on a waiting list.

Adults aged 21 and older can sign up for accounts and start wagering with the best Massachusetts sports betting apps.

Fanatics believes it can leverage its success as an online retailer and parlay that to succeed in gaming. It has a customer database of more than 95 million people.

“Welcome to a more rewarding sportsbook,” the Fanatics announcement stated Thursday. “Bet on the sports you love and earn fan rewards you can’t get anywhere else. New customers can expect fast signup, easy betting and a curated Discover page with the content and bets that matter to you.”

However, Fanatics has said it would not offer the type of bonus it attempted in Ohio, where it tried to offer a free bet to customers who purchased a baseball cap. The operator pulled that promotion after the Ohio Casino Control Commission said it violated the state’s rules on marketing and advertising.

Instead, Fanatics is offering Massachusetts beta testers $200 in bonus bets after placing a $5 bet from their funds.

Must be 21+ to participate and present in MA. Gambling Problem? If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, please call 1-800-327-5050 or visit for 24/7 support. LiveChat with a GameSense Advisor at or call 1-800-GAM-1234

Big Month for Fanatics

Thursday’s announcement caps off a busy month for the online sports merchandise retailer and emerging sportsbook operator. On May 14 (May 15 in Australia), PointsBet announced it was selling its U.S. sports betting operations to Fanatics, with the Australian gaming company getting $150 million.

The acquisition means Fanatics might be able to launch in additional states, such as New York, before the start of the NFL season. However, that deal is subject to approvals from PointsBet shareholders and reviews from gaming regulators in those states.

Look for Fanatics and other Massachusetts sports betting promo codes on this site.



Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

Cited by leading media organizations, such as: