Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno & Boston hockey legend Ray Bourque place state’s first legal wagers at BetMGM’s Sportsbook
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (January 31, 2023) – BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced today that retail sports betting is now live in Massachusetts at MGM Springfield. The state’s first wager was placed at the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, along with Boston hockey legend Ray Bourque.
Adam Greenblatt - CEO, BetMGM
The BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge at MGM Springfield offers a state-of-the-art gameday experience. The space features a 45-foot LED viewing wall and four betting windows, making it easy for guests to access a variety of sports wagering options. Additionally, the resort houses 18 sports betting kiosks conveniently located throughout the gaming area.
Integration with MGM Rewards allows BetMGM users to redeem their gameplay for world-class accommodations at more than 20 MGM Resorts destinations including MGM Springfield, Borgata in Atlantic City, and Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Yet another first for our city of Springfield (the City of Firsts) and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This has been a long time coming and brings yet another chapter of innovation to enhance the operations and development at MGM Springfield.
“As a strong proponent of MGM Springfield and their marquee Sports Betting Lounge, which will bring more jobs and economic spin-off effect to Springfield and the region, I am honored to join with MGM Springfield President Chris Kelley, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt, MGM Resorts VP Chris Gumiela, and Bruins Legend and Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, to make the first sports wager in the state – maybe I’ll pick a winner for the Super Bowl.
“Thank you to the MGM Springfield team, our local State delegation, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) and everyone involved for their efforts in making this historic event possible. I would like to encourage everyone to come on down and check out this new sports betting lounge and enjoy some good food and drinks at one of our many fine dining establishments here in downtown Springfield.”
Chris Kelley - President & COO, Northeast Group, MGM Resorts
State Senator Adam Gomez (D-Springfield) added, “After all these years, we finally have sports betting in Massachusetts! I was proud to sponsor legislation last session that sought to legalize sports wagering in the Commonwealth. To see that newly passed law in action today in my very own city is a humbling experience. BetMGM will bolster our economy locally and statewide. It’s a momentous occasion to have some of the first wagers on sports betting take place in Springfield today.”
State Representative Carlos Gonzalez asserted, “Today reaffirms our collective support to pass legislation for sports betting, it will bring more visitors to Springfield’s MGM, create jobs and generate $20-$30 million in revenue to Massachusetts.”
As sports betting continues to expand to new jurisdictions, BetMGM and MGM Springfield are proud to collaborate with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to provide guests with responsible gaming resources. GameSense is an industry-leading program, developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), focusing on positive, transparent, and proactive conversations with players about how to gamble responsibly. The program comes alive through personal interactions between guests and highly trained staff of the Massachusetts Council for Gaming and Health – known as GameSense Advisors – based at MGM Springfield’s GameSense Information Center. At the information center, guests will also find a GameSense touchscreen and interactive responsible gaming tools. Additionally, educational materials and QR codes can be found throughout the Gaming Establishment, at the MGM Rewards desk, or by visiting www.gamesensema.com.
BetMGM is a market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment company, pioneering the online gaming industry. Born out of a partnership between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Entain Plc (LSE: ENT), BetMGM has exclusive access to all of MGM’s U.S. land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online gaming businesses. Utilizing Entain’s US-licensed, state of the art technology, BetMGM offers sports betting and online gaming via market-leading brands including BetMGM, Borgata Casino, Party Casino and Party Poker. Founded in 2018, BetMGM is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.betmgminc.com/.
About MGM Springfield
Covering three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass., MGM Springfield offers an integrated resort experience with more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 240-room boutique hotel on Main Street and inspired dining headlined by The Chandler Steakhouse, Tap Sports Bar and Costa. MGM Springfield also features a seven-screen Regal luxury cinema complex, bowling lanes, Top Golf Swing Suite and a seasonally programmed outdoor plaza displaying local art, events and talent. In 2020, MGM Springfield received the world’s first New Construction Platinum LEED certification for a gaming resort. For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com, the MGM Springfield Newsroom, call (413) 273-5000 or find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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