There are a minimum of 42 corporations that plan to use for a sports activities betting license in Massachusetts, giving the Gaming Commission the primary indication of the work forward because it prepares to launch an software and licensing course of.
The fee requested in mid-August that any entity considering looking for a license submit a nonbinding discover of intent type by Wednesday to ascertain an level of contact between the regulators and the businesses that might make up a newly authorized business right here.
The fee mentioned Thursday that 42 corporations submitted a type, although a submission isn’t required to finally apply for a license.
Some of the businesses on the checklist have been already recognized for the reason that state’s two casinos, two simulcast facilities and one slots parlor have already met with the fee to element their preliminary plans for providing authorized wagering right here.
Other corporations run the gamut from these with conventional on line casino playing ties like Caesars Sportsbook, Bally’s Interactive, Rush Street Interactive and Seminole Hard Rock Digital, to newer gamers in what’s changing into extra of a digital business, together with DraftKings, FanDuel, BetFanatics, FanLogic and extra.
In addition to the in-person betting licenses and cellular partnerships accessible to the present state’s gaming facilities, the Gaming Commission may also situation as much as seven Category 3 licenses that may permit an organization to take wagers by way of a cellular or digital platform.
The fee mentioned it plans to carry a roundtable with corporations within the Category 3 licenses much like the one it held with its current licensees.
The responses to the discover of intent type request might inform or affect the fee’s determination about easy methods to proceed with the implementation of sports activities betting within the Bay State as keen bettors clamor for fast motion.
Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein mentioned final month that she thinks “there is a real question about who stands up first”: the fee’s present licensees that may take in-person bets or the mobile-only operators that aren’t essentially related to corporations the fee is already accustomed to.
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