Where You Can Play Online Poker In Massachusetts
Can You Play Online Poker in Massachusetts?
Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement.
Current Massachusetts Gambling Laws
Casino gambling is expanding right now in Massachusetts, with the recently opened MGM Springfield and Wynn Encore Boston Harbor representing two of the most powerful gaming brands in the industry.
However, online poker has not yet found a foothold in the state despite some efforts in the past to push through legislation.
Most recently, the issue has shown the potential to possibly benefit from riding the coattails of daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sports betting legislation. In 2018, an omnibus bill that regulated DFS and online gambling was introduced into the state government. The bill would have allowed a person to play a game online wherein he or she would "risk something of value on the outcome of an event with the opportunity to win a prize."
Online poker could certainly fall within those parameters. However, only DFS has been officially legalized.
Most observers expect a strong push to regulate sports betting in the near future — possibly both live and online — as well as the establishment of an online lottery. Since omnibus legislation has been pushed in the past, it may come up again, especially if the state doesn't want to fall behind its neighbors in terms of gambling revenue.
At this point, it considers the state to be "treading water," so keep an eye out for developments this year and beyond.
Best Online Poker Sites for Massachusetts Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.