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Massachusetts sports betting goes live January 31 at 10 a.m.


Sports betting will kick off at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at three Bay State casinos.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been eyeing the last day of January as a start date for weeks, but finally hammered out the hour that casinos will start to accept wagers on Friday.

“It’s helpful to not do a start time at a really busy time, not at, you know 6 or 7 p.m., because we want to make sure the flow of people coming in is not too overwhelming at the beginning for public safety reasons,” Gaming Commission Executive Director Karen Wells said of her recommendation for 10 a.m.

Wells said the commissioners are planning to visit each casino property when sports betting goes live that morning, starting with MGM Springfield, and then continuing to Plainridge Park Casino and Encore Boston Harbor.

The Gaming Commission is expected to vote on the operations certificate for each casino “sometime next week,” Wells said, and “if all goes well,” the launch for in-person sports betting will take place as planned.

A late January start date was targeted with the Super Bowl in mind, a major sports wagering event that takes place about two weeks later, on Feb. 12.


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