From a legal standpoint, Massachusetts is a highly bizarre state with respect to unlawful gambling with a strange penalty for those found to be gambling illegally. You can read all about it on our restrictions page, but we will also go into a little detail here:
The Bulk of Massachusetts Law
The state is aimed at preventing individuals and businesses from conducting illegal gambling operations within the state, and the penalties tend to be pretty harsh for anybody doing that. Once again, this would concern anyone operating out of the state physically, whether online or some form of in-person betting. Online casinos that are based overseas, as always, are completely out of jurisdictional reach of the State of Massachusetts.
The law for a mere player who plays illegally is that they may be asked to pay a fine of up to double the sum of money won that day in the event that they have won $5, or more. There is virtually no way this law doesn’t date back at least a hundred years because that seems to be an extremely paltry sum of money. It seems kind of similar to how they haven’t really upped the W2-G threshold from $1,200 in our land casinos for the purposes of automatic IRS reporting.
...that must date back is one suggesting that gambling in public could result in jail time of up to three months, or a fine of up to $50, or both. Again, how minimal the fine is compared to the possible amount of prison time is sufficient to show that this is a VERY old law that most lawmakers have probably forgotten about.
We will go ahead and quote the relevant code on this page, as well:
Section 1. Whoever, on a prosecution commenced within eighteen months after the commission of the crime, is convicted of winning at one time or sitting, by gaming or betting on the sides or hands of those gaming, money or goods to the value of five dollars or more, and of receiving the same or security therefor, shall forfeit double the value of such money or goods.
Chapter 271: Section 2 Gaming or betting in public conveyance or place or while trespassing in private place; arrest without warrant
Section 2. Whoever, in a public conveyance or public place, or in a private place upon which he is trespassing, plays at cards, dice or any other game for money or other property, or bets on the sides or hands of those playing, shall forfeit not more than fifty dollars or be imprisoned for not more than three months; and whoever sets up or permits such a game shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not less than three nor more than twelve months. If discovered in the act, he may be arrested without a warrant by a sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable or any officer qualified to serve criminal process, and held in custody, in jail or otherwise, for not more than twenty-four hours, Sunday and legal holidays excepted, until complaint may be made against him for such offence.
If you are going to play at an online casino not regulated by the state in the State of Massachusetts, we definitely recommend that you not do it in public! Like we said on the other page, just play it safe and play from home!
While there have been scattered instances of operators, both online and otherwise, being arrested for illegal gambling operation in the state, we can uncover no instance whatsoever of any of these codes being applied against a mere player. Honestly, that makes any application of the codes theoretical, at best.
For that reason, the majority of online casinos who offer their services to players in the United States also do so in the State of Massachusetts, and can be found below:
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