Ask any online casino enthusiast in which of the US states the activity is legal, and the answer will almost certainly be ‘not enough.’ This is in marked contrast to the ongoing expansion of online sports betting, which is available in far more locations than its traditional bedfellows.
Take, for instance, the case of Massachusetts, the Old Bay State; earlier this month, online mobile sports betting was finally legal after a legislative process came to its conclusion and what was perhaps crucial to the final determination and the relatively speedy (in comparative terms) process was that the legislative push opted to focus only on sports betting.
Currently, only six states offer legal online casino gaming, these being Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
If residents of Massachusetts want to partake in casino action, they can do so in so-called ‘social casinos.’ These use virtual currencies and may potentially lead to cash prizes, but let’s face it, this is barely scratching the surface.
There appears to be a prevailing attitude in relation to casino action that doesn’t affect sports betting anywhere near as much. It appears that while legislators are more than happy to allow residents of their respective states the chance to place a sports bet, they balk at the chance of allowing these same individuals the opportunity to make an online casino visit.
Until the online version of casino games is made legal, those in Massachusetts who want to get in on the action can visit one of the state’s three full-service casinos.
These are at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville. Of these, Encore is the largest, while Plainridge is actually a Racino, which basically means that as well as having a casino, it also has a combined racetrack, which is excellent for those who like to mix up the action.