Two months after Massachusetts retail sports betting launched, the state’s three casinos have 156 sports betting kiosks.
Encore Boston Harbor has by far the most at 118. Plainridge Park Casino comes in second with 20 kiosks, and MGM Springfield offers 18 kiosks. These numbers were all revealed during the Massachusetts Gaming Commission‘s March 23 open meeting.
How does Massachusetts compare to other states?
For comparison, Ohio, which launched sports betting Jan. 1, now has 866 sports betting kiosks. The Buckeye State has the country’s most extensive kiosk presence, dispatching the machines at sports bars, bowling alleys and gas stations across the state.
Having only three locations allowed to install kiosks puts a ceiling on the total number other states don’t have. However, there will soon be more Massachusetts sports betting kiosks. Raynham Park, one of MA’s licensed horse racing simulcast centers, is building a standalone Caesars Sportsbook with 20 kiosks.
PPC is also renovating Flutie’s Sports Pub to become the new, permanent Barstool Sportsbook. It will have 20 kiosks. If PPC keeps its existing 20 self-serve kiosks associated with its temporary sportsbook, that will boost the state’s total even more.
Suffolk Downs, Massachusetts’ other horse racing simulcast center, can also open a retail sportsbook. However, it has not announced any plans to do so soon, or which sportsbook operator it would partner with.
What is a sports betting kiosk?
Sports betting kiosks are self-serve, all-in-one betting stations that allow gamblers to select and place sports wagers without going to a betting window. Think of them as the self-check-in kiosks you see at airports, and the betting windows as the airport teller counters that too often have way-too-long lines.
With the surge of sports betting across the US, kiosks have become quite a big business in the sportsbook world. Some of the leading sports betting kiosk providers include Kambi (works with DraftKings and BetRivers), SBTech, International Game Technology (IGT — works with FanDuel), Stadium Technology Group and SG Digital (works with Caesars and Betfred).
Soon, Massachusetts residents will see SG Digital kiosks at the retail Caesars Massachusetts at Raynham Park.