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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 3

  • Economic Impact $307.9 Million

  • Jobs Supported 1,646

  • Tax Impact $129.2 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $1.02 Billion (2021)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2021.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

101 Federal St., 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 979-8400
Website

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission oversees casino gaming in Massachusetts. The commission consists of five members. Each commissioner shall serve for a term of five years and is eligible for reappointment; however, no commissioner may serve for more than ten years. The commission is responsible for the general oversight and protection of gaming in the state.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement within the Attorney General’s Office is generally responsible for enforcing the criminal violations of the casino law, such as investigating and prosecuting allegations of criminal activity related to or affecting the operation of gaming establishments or games and receiving and taking appropriate action on referrals for criminal prosecution from the commission or any other law enforcement body. The Massachusetts Police and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission also have a role in regulation.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Casino Operator License
Slot Parlor License
Primary Gaming Vendor License
Secondary Gaming Vendor License
Non-Gaming Vendor License
Labor Organization License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

CASINO TAX RATE
25 percent on gaming revenue, plus a $600 fee, collected annually, for each of their gaming machines.

SLOT PARLOR TAX RATE
49 percent effective rate on gaming revenue. Like casinos, the slot parlor is also subject to the $600 annual fee for each of its gaming machines.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Promotional Credits shall not count towards a licensee’s gross gaming revenue

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Massachusetts will withhold 5 percent on winnings of $600 or greater

TAX ALLOCATION
Casino
Transportation Infrastructure and Development Fund 15%
Education Fund 14%
Commonwealth Stabilization Fund 10%
Debt Reduction 10%
Gaming Economic Development Fund 9.5%
Community Mitigation Fund 6.5%
Public Health Trust Fund 5%
Local Capital Projects Fund 4.5%
Race Horse Development Fund 2.5%
Massachusetts Cultural Council 2%
Massachusetts Tourism Fund 1%
Slot Parlor
General Local Aid Fund 100%

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
The 2011 Expanded Gaming Law required at least $5 million to be contributed, annually, to fund responsible gaming programs. The amount assessed against each casino or slot parlor will depend on the number of gaming machines it offers.

SELF-EXCLUSION
Individuals may choose to self-exclude for six months, one year, three years, five years, or a lifetime. An individual may only select the lifetime duration if their name has previously appeared on the voluntary self-exclusion list for at least six months.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Yes

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
No marketing, advertising, and/or promotional communications or activity relative to gaming to specifically target persons under the age of 21.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
Casinos are required to prominently post signs directing gamblers on how to receive assistance for problem gambling, including self-exclusion information.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
21+ years old to gamble
Must be 21 years of age to remain in a gaming area.

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive a permit for a gaming device, the device must be evaluated by an independent testing laboratory.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
The Commission must be notified within three days of receipt of any slot machine from outside of the Commonwealth.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
No applicant for a gaming license may contribute to an individual who holds a municipal, county or state office.

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
Yes

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Not allowed