Folks on the East Coast continue to prepare for the launch of legal sports betting in Massachusetts. With anticipation mounting, one of the state’s horse racing tracks is gearing up to unveil a mobile wagering option.
Raynham Park is partnering with sports betting operator bet365 to offer online sports betting in the state. Bet365 has applied for a tethered Category 3 online gaming license. Meanwhile, Raynham Park applied for a Category 2 retail sportsbook license, which only current horse racetracks or simulcast facilities are eligible for.
Retail sports betting is expected to go live in January 2023, with online sports betting to follow in March 2023.
This new collaboration will be one of many as the people of Massachusetts are introduced to online sports betting. So what should folks expect from the bet365 mobile sports betting app?
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What the Bet365 App Has to Offer
Bet365, a British online gambling platform based out of the United Kingdom, is expanding its US footprint after recently going live in Colorado. The brand will also be available in Ohio and Virginia. Is licensed in over 20 jurisdictions and will continue to roll out nationwide in 2023.
The bet365 app allows users access to a large array of betting options. You can bet on pretty much anything you want. This includes major sports such as football and basketball, as well as less popular niche sports such as volleyball and handball.
Within each individual game or match, there are several different wagers to choose from. We’re talking betting on the spread, Over/Under, and prop bets. Bet365 also does a good job of keep odds competitive compared to other sports betting sites.
The app is identical in appearance to the website. The layout is well-organized, which makes movement around the app and accessing its features pretty straightforward. There are quick-access buttons for major sports across the top and the main features laid out in handy sections in the main body of the screen.
Bet365 Strengths and Weaknesses
While scrolling through the bet365 mobile app, I found that the best feature seems to be the live-betting function. Placing bets on live action is easy, fast, and efficient. There are also plenty of different markets to bet on in-play and a lot of available wagers.
Odds are updated quickly during the action. Meaning, there aren’t long periods of time where certain bets are unavailable. At least, that is the experience that I have seen.
However, the app’s quickness in updating odds can sometimes be a headache. If you find very good odds during a live game, sometimes those odds change before you even have a chance to place your bet. It becomes unfortunate when those odds don’t turn in your favor.
The current welcome bonus in other states — bet $1, get $200 in free bets — is quite generous. Massachusetts residents should hope that offer is the same when online sports betting launches around March 2023, because that’s hard to beat. Even with the terms and conditions.
However, the ongoing bonuses, promotions, and special deals could be more generous. There are plenty of deals to go around, but bonuses on some other sites seemingly offer more added value. Bet365 has cash-out offers, but these aren’t very enticing. Having the option is nice, but what is offered almost always pushes me to “let it ride.”
Overall the app is well-designed and easy to use. There could be some changes to the app by the time it launches in Massachusetts. However, I think it is safe to say people in The Bay State would be happy with the current product.
Raynham Park and Bet365 Join Forces
Under the terms of the new partnership, bet365 will operate thanks to a Category 3 online gaming license in the state. It was one of 15 license applications filed early last week.
A bet365 spokesperson says the company is delighted to join forces with Raynham Park in Massachusetts, adding that the amazing sports culture will help make the partnership thrive.
“With so many legendary sports franchises and dedicated fans based in the state, this was a natural fit for us as we continue our US expansion,” a bet365 spokesperson said in a press release.
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Retail Sportsbook Coming to Raynham Park in 2023
The new deal with bet365 comes at a time when the opening of Raynham Park Sportsbook is expected early next year. Raynham Park founder George Carney says the collaboration will bring customers quality entertainment and experiences.
“We are thrilled to partner with the world’s largest online sports betting company to offer this high-demand entertainment option to our customers,” Carney said in a press release. “This partnership is the next step in the evolution of Raynham Park as we move toward the opening of our sportsbook, which will be one of the largest in the United States and set a new standard for destination gaming in Massachusetts.”
The Raynham Park Sportsbook will be located just south of Boston. It will feature more than 30,000 square feet of gaming space. There will also be bars, two restaurants, private event space, and more in a 60,000-square-foot entertainment complex.
Legal online sports betting in Massachusetts is tentatively set to start in March 2023. In addition, the three retail casinos already operating in the state could begin offering retail sportsbooks some time in January.