MGM Springfield is getting an influx of new customers now that it’s offering retail Massachusetts sports betting.
Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and two politicians who strongly backed sports betting legislation, State Representative Carlos González and State Senator Adam Gomez, attended opening day Jan. 31.
“We’re excited to welcome new guests to experience MGM Springfield and hope that visitors come in to bet or cheer for their favorite New England team,” an MGM Springfield spokesperson told Play Massachusetts, “and then stay to enjoy other amenities throughout the property.”
MGM Springfield was the second of the three Massachusetts casinos to receive approval for a retail sports betting license in December.
MGM Springfield Sports Betting Facilities
When customers place bets, they have several options to choose from within the casino.
The casino has Las Vegas-style sports betting facilities, including two state-of-the-art lounges and a wagering area in its TAP Sports Bar.
The largest lounge has theater-style seats, a bar, and a bank of 40 HD TV monitors. Overall, customers have a choice of 18 sports betting kiosks and eight point-of-sale terminals. All the casino’s machines passed inspection conducted by Gaming Laboratories International this month, the state-approved equipment testing vendor.
Customers who want a change of pace from sports betting have a choice of over 1,500 slot machines, 100 table games, a poker room, Massachusetts Lottery Keno, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and several restaurants.
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Types of Sports Bets Allowed
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced the types of sports wagers available to Commonwealth residents.
- Cash Out
- Exchange Wagers
- Round Robin
Bettors can wager on games in the major sports leagues, several other sports, and in-state Division I college teams that participate in tournaments that include more than four teams, most notably the NCAA Tournament.
Some sports and events are not included. The MGC decided that the excluded activities needed further discussion and research before approval. Excluded sports and events:
- The Olympic Games
Magic City Jai-Alai is not included because sports betting operator BetRivers has an exclusive deal with the league.
For MA residents, in-person betting at the state’s casinos is the only sports wagering option for the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.
MGM Springfield Revenue
The introduction of retail sports betting will be a boon to MGM Springfield’s gross gaming revenue (GGR), which saw gains in 2022 and surpassed pre-pandemic annual figures. The casino’s GGR was nearly $260 million in 2022.
“In addition to allowing Massachusetts to bet on football, basketball, and more, sports betting will also help to keep more dollars in-state and will provide another critical revenue source as well as job opportunities for the local community,” the MGM Springfield spokesperson said. “The addition of sports betting to MGM Springfield further enhances our position as New England’s premier entertainment and gaming destination.”
Another bump in revenue will come when mobile sports betting launches in Massachusetts in March. The casino’s mobile betting partner is BetMGM.