Casinos won’t fight online gambling in Massachusetts

Massachusetts might regulate online gambling this year.
Massachusetts might regulate online gambling this year.

The online market could see progress in its regulation process towards the middle of the year.

US.- Massachusetts casino operators wouldn’t fight online gambling in the state as stated by to Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman, Stephen Crosby. According to a broadcast on WAMC northeast public Radio, Crosby estimates that there might be some analysis in the legislature on the iGaming subject by the middle of the year and it would regulate the activity within state borders.

There’s still to be determined if new regulations would authorise just instant win virtual scratch cards or if virtual slot-type games would be permited. Senator Jennifer Flanagan presented a proposal that leaves that decision up to the lottery comission.

Online, and particullarly mobile sales are crucial to bring in young costumers, state treasurer Deborah Goldberg says. Meanwhile, lottery profit projections fall for the next two fiscal years as it made US$989.4 million in 2016.

There are currently three casino license holders in Massachusetts: MGM Springfield, Wynn Boston Harbor and Penn National Gaming. The first two, still under-contruction, as the latter is the only operative one since its opening in Plainville, in June 2015. Apparently, neither one of them will object online gambling.