Caesars Sportsbook in Massachusetts
Online sports betting is coming to Massachusetts and many of the big name players that have launched in other states are lobbying to get in on the action.
Governor Charlie Baker has introduced a bill that would allow sports betting across the state and says he expects full legalization by summer of 2020. The state is expected to allow existing casinos in the state to offer in-person and online betting and allow some online-only operators like FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings to launch mobile betting platforms.
One popular sportsbook that is already available or launching in seven other states is Caesars Sportbook. Though it’s unclear if they will expand to Massachusetts, Caesars has already spread to other states that have legalized sports betting, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and Nevada.
Caesars is a longtime gambling giant that has partnered with other massive names like William Hill to expand their platform in recent years. While they do not have a physical presence in Massachusetts like MGM and Wynn, they have been aggressively expanding across the country ever since the Supreme Court lifted a decades-long ban on sports betting outside of Nevada and allows individual states to set their own rules.
Caesars Online Casino and Sportsbook
In states like New Jersey, Caesars is a fully integrated online casino and sportsbook. The platform has spread to other states that do not allow online casino gaming, like Illinois, so it’s possible that Massachusetts will get a Caesars sportsbook without an integrated casino. The state is not currently planning to legalize online casino gaming when it rolls out its sports betting legalization.
Caesars offers a simple, lightweight platform available on any web browser or via their iOS and Android mobile apps. Caesars has strong verification and geolocation technology that ensures players are over 21 years of age and are located inside state lines. The site also has beefed up security and sends you an email every time you log into your account. You can also set up two-factor authorization to protect your account.
Caesars is a no-frills platform that focuses on the basics. Unlike FanDuel and DraftKings, Caesars only focuses on mainstream American sports. The platform currently accepts wagers on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, UFC and MMA, boxing, soccer, racing, golf, tennis, and rugby.
Caesars also has a traditional betting system. The site offers point spread, moneyline, and point total bets, as well as parlays and teasers. Caesars has also rolled out an in-game betting system but, unlike many competitors, the site does not offer live bets and the in-game betting options for any given game are limited at best.
Caesars Online Casino Review
Caesars Sportsbook is a solid option for new bettors and beginners but it lacks many of the bells and whistles experienced bettors have grown accustomed to.
On the bright side, the site features serious security features to protect your account and allows you to set up two-factor authorization to make sure no one else can access it. Caesars also has a minimalist user interface that is easy to use and provides good customer support when questions arise. If you want to bet on game winners and point totals, Caesars has you covered.
On the other hand, the lack of betting options for each game and the lack of a live betting system that comes standard at many other competitors are serious drawbacks. Experienced bettors that want to play around with more exotic bets will find their options severely limited. Bettors that want to bet on relatively obscure sports or international sports will also look elsewhere.
It’s unclear if Caesars will include Massachusetts in their ongoing expansion, or vice versa, but they will certainly have their competition cut out in FanDuel and DraftKings, which are all but certain to launch in the state in 2020.