Before March Madness, Yes, You Can Bet On The Oscars In Massachusetts

Written By Matthew Bain on February 23, 2023 - Last Updated on April 8, 2024
Betting on the Oscars in Massachusetts, from playma.com

Finally being able to legally bet on sports in Massachusetts is great. But state regulators are allowing more than just that.

As of March 10, Massachusetts residents can now bet on professional league drafts, eating competitions, and awards shows such as the Academy Awards, Emmys or Golden Globes.

Yes, betting on awards shows like the Oscars is technically part of the approved Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog. And, with the Oscars airing two days after MA online sportsbooks launch, on March 12, gamblers in the state can place bets on the Academy Awards even before they place their first legal sports bets.

Massachusetts online sports betting operators can offer odds on the Oscars, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission spokesperson confirmed to PlayMA.

Which Massachusetts sports betting apps will offer Oscars betting?

DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, WynnBET and Barstool Sportsbook all launched on March 10. So, if any sportsbooks offer lines on the Academy Awards, you can place wagers.

BetMGM and DraftKings currently list Oscars odds in other states. It stands to reason they’ll offer the same in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has no restrictions on which Oscars award categories residents can bet on. Sometimes, sportsbooks will offer odds on all 24 categories. Other times, they’ll just offer odds on six categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor

How to bet on the Oscars

All Oscars bets are moneyline wagers. There’s no point spread or total to consider when placing an awards bet. Think of Oscars betting like you would futures betting for awards like MVP.

At BetMGM, current favorites for the main six categories are:

  • Best Picture — Everything Everywhere All At Once -225
  • Best Director — Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once) -5000
  • Best Actor — Brendan Fraser (The Whale) -140
  • Best Actress — Cate Blanchett (Tar) -150
  • Best Supporting Actress — Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) -275
  • Best Supporting Actor — Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once) -1000

READ MORE: Best Potential Massachusetts Sportsbook Promos This March

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Matthew Bain is currently the Content Manager at Catena Media’s national online lottery site, PlayiLottery. He used to be the News Content Manager at Catena Media, overseeing news content for the network’s highest-priority regional sites. Massachusetts is a young, promising gambling market, so PlayMA was one of his focuses. Prior to joining Catena Media in 2022, Matthew won 10 statewide and national journalism awards during six years as a reporter and editor for the USA TODAY Network. Matthew's work primarily appeared in the Des Moines Register, but he was also featured in the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA TODAY. Throughout his career, Matthew's bylines have also appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and Orange County Register.

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