MGC Set to Schedule Review of Caesars Sportsbook at Raynham Park

Written By Matthew Bain on February 21, 2023 - Last Updated on February 23, 2023
Massachusetts Gaming Commission to schedule review of Raynham Park's application to open a Caesars Sportsbook, from playma.com

After this week, we’ll be one step closer to a Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts opening at Raynham Park.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will discuss scheduling its review of Raynham Park’s retail sports betting application during its meeting this Thursday, according to the agenda. The next meeting after this Thursday is a public hearing on Feb. 28, although that agenda is pretty crowded.

So, in all likelihood, the MGC will begin discussion of Raynham Park’s Caesars Sportsbook application in March.

The Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts at Raynham Park would be the fourth retail sportsbook in Massachusetts. It would join Encore Boston Harbor’s WynnBET Sportsbook, MGM Springfield’s BetMGM Sportsbook, and Plainridge Park Casino’s Barstool Sportsbook. Only one further retail sportsbook — at Suffolk Downs — can open, under current law.

Raynham Park, located in Bristol County, just more than 30 miles south of Boston, is one of two licensed horse racing simulcast facilities in Massachusetts authorized to host sports betting. (Suffolk Downs is the other.) It held greyhound racing until 2010, when the state banned greyhound racing. It has served as a simulcast facility ever since.

Plans for a retail Caesars Sportsbook call for a 30,000-square-foot sportsbook location completed by the middle of 2023. Until then, there would be temporary sportsbook in Raynham Park’s simulcast facility.

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Other Items on the MGC’s Feb. 23 Agenda

  • Commissioners will discuss marketing affiliates for sports betting.
  • Discussion of at least one unauthorized bet on Harvard college basketball happening at the BetMGM Massachusetts at MGM Springfield.
  • Commissioners will vote on MGM Springfield’s SER exemption request.
  • Quarterly update regarding GameSense, Massachusetts’ responsible gaming strategy.
  • Commissioners will finalize online sports betting licenses for all Category 3 operators (DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Bally Bet, Betr, and Betway).
  • 2021 unpaid horse betting winnings updates from Raynham Park, Suffolk Downs, Wonderland Park, and Plainridge Racecourse.
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Matthew Bain is 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 is 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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