The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held an informational session Thursday regarding a Category 2 (retail) Massachusetts sports betting application for Raynham Park. The application is for Caesars Sportsbook partnering with the former greyhound facility on the retail side to open what it believes to be the largest standalone sportsbook in the nation.
“This is just an informational session. The agreement structure fits under the legislative guidelines but could still attach conditions to the license. The commercial and financial details will be discussed in executive session,” said Loretta Lillios, the state’s director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau, during the morning hearing.
The Raynham/Caesars full license hearing will be held in about two weeks but has yet to be scheduled by the MGC. You can find a Caesars Massachusetts promo code here at BetMassachusetts.com.
The new retail 30,000-square foot facility will have a capacity of 2,200 people, a 70-foot LED screen, and approximately 200 extra TVs. Caesars will be providing sportsbook services with their personnel. promotion, marketing, etc., while Raynham Park will manage the actual brick-and-mortar facility.
While the new construction starts, a temporary sportsbook will be in place as soon as possible for customers after licensing. Both facilities will be for customers only 21 years old and over.
Raynham Park now simulcasts thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing six days a week. Caesars will manage both parimutuel and sports wagering. Currently, those 18 and over can wager on simulcast racing.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. is currently the largest retail operation in the U.S.
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Betr House Rules Approved
The MGC approved house rules and a betting catalog for Betr by a unanimous 5-0 vote. The micro-betting app and site - which only takes wagers on three sports (baseball, basketball and football) - was launched in part by social media personality and professional boxer Jake Paul. They plan to go live in the Commonwealth in the next month to join other legal Massachusetts betting apps.
Paul has agreed to pay a fine of $400,000 to the SEC following his promotion of a crypto asset in which he failed to disclose an ownership interest. That particular issue was brought up by Lillios earlier in the hearing and will be addressed as required by statute before any finalization of Betr’s certificate of operation in the state.
Other MGC Agenda Items
The MGC unanimously approved the following by 5-0 votes:
- The official withdrawal of PointsBet’s application for a Category 3 (mobile) sports wagering license.
- MGC decided not to allow horse racing in the state’s sports wagering catalog after it was previously approved.
- The FanDuel Massachusetts request to enable access points to FanDuel Racing within FanDuel's mobile sports wagering app. FanDuel conducts both horse racing and sports wagering within the state and this allows a customer to access/toggle racing services within FanDuel's application.