Massachusetts Commission to Vote on Online Gambling Report

The Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports, and Daily Fantasy Sports is scheduled to vote on Monday. The vote will is expected to finalize their official report due this week, including their recommendations on regulations and classifications for online gambling in the state.

Last year the state legislature passed a temporary measure to allow DFS and “paid sports contests” to run while the special commission was called to work out recommendations for how to regulate the industry.

Based on a draft of their regulations released last week, the commission plans to recommend DFS be regulated as a form of online gambling. This would not only regulate and legalize DFS, but open the door for online poker, online casino games, and other gaming to be introduced under the same regulations.

However, a reaction to the draft report by DFS operator DraftKings may have changed opinions in the commission. DraftKings CEO Jason Robins penned a letter to the board to contest their recommendation. Robins argued that DFS should already be legal and that all games played for money should not fall under the category of online gambling.

Whether or not the commission changes their categorization of DFS, they are still most likely to recommend waiting to legalize online poker and casino games. These and other forms of online gambling should wait, said the draft report, until the market can be assessed after the opening of MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor casinos sometime over the next year.

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