Massachusetts Casino Guide
Online Casinos in Massachusetts
Online casinos are not legal in Massachusetts yet, however, the laws behind it are a little more complex than other states. While casinos could face punishment for trying to operate online, the state is more lenient towards players.
If you are gambling online and win $5+, you could be fined twice of what you won. The same applies for if you lose $5 or more. This means technically if you can keep it under $5, you shouldn't find yourself in any trouble with the law.
Massachusetts is more interested in legalizing online sports betting, but hopefully, online casinos will follow shortly after.
Land-Based Casinos in Massachusetts
Types of Casinos in Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill in late 2011 that legalized casinos in Massachusetts. The law allows three casinos, in three different geographic regions, plus one slot parlor. That slot parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, is a harness racing track located about 40 miles southwest of Boston, and it opened on June 24, 2015.
The first resort-casino license in Region B (Western Massachusetts) was awarded to MGM Resorts and their $1.3 billion casino - MGM Springfield - is expected to open in late 2018.
The second license for Region A (Eastern Massachusetts) was awarded to Wynn Resorts and their $2 billion, Encore Boston Harbor, is expected to open in mid-2019.
The Encore Casino, when it opens, will be the closest casino to Boston.
The final license for Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) had not yet been awarded as of early 2018.
Additionally, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is planning to build a destination resort casino near Taunton. That facility, First Light Casino, was expected to open by early 2019. However, the project has been hampered by lawsuits that might stop it from being completed.
Gaming regulations for Massachusetts casinos require a minimum payback of 80% on all gaming machines. The payback percentages for slot machines at all casinos in Massachusetts are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Massachusetts casinos.
NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $600 or more in Massachusetts, the casino will withhold 5% and send it to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. You may, however, be able to get some of that money refunded by filing a state income tax return. The $600 threshold also applies to any cash prizes won in casino drawings or tournaments, as well as the fair market value of non-cash prizes such as cars, houses, and trips.
Massachusetts Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our Massachusetts casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in Massachusetts, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.
List of Casinos in Massachusetts
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Massachusetts. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Massachusetts casino.
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