Massachusetts approved four casinos in 2011. Three casinos will be owned by commercial interests. The fourth casino will be on a reservation. There is no word as to whether any of these casinos will have a poker room. The first casino is not expected to launch until 2014 or 2015. This page will be updated continually regarding these casinos down the road – stay tuned!
Is Online Poker Legal in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts does not have any laws that cover online poker or any other form of gambling over the Internet. There have been some attempts to change that. Several lawmakers have sponsored bills to legalize online poker in Massachusetts.
While some have been standalone bills, one was a rider as a part of the 2014 budget. No such bills have passed up to this point. The proposals have all required brick and mortar casinos to operate online gambling sites. Since no Massachusetts casinos are live yet, these bills would have no effect until brick and mortar gambling launches, even if the bills eventually become law.
Playing Online Poker in Massachusetts
Americas Cardroom is one of the largest online poker rooms that accepts players from Massachusetts. New ACR players will enjoy a 100% up to $1,000 that returns rake and tournaments at a rate of about 27%. There are also a few promotions that attract casual players. This include THE BEAST, which is one of the hottest SnG grinder leaderboards out there today. At ACR, there are also 6 figures in guaranteed tournaments each week.
Another great choice for Massachusetts online poker players is Carbon Poker. It is the largest skin on the Merge Gaming Network. It has some of the best software in all of online poker. The Carbon Poker support team is active in forums making sure players are taken care of and happy. In addition to great software, players will find a wide variety of games. These include Badugi, 2-7 Triple Draw, Five Card Draw and mixed games.
Live Poker Options in Massachusetts
There is no live poker yet in Massachusetts outside of home games. The best choice for poker is in Connecticut where Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun offer a wide range of live poker games and tournaments.