With the New Year already started, it’s time for people to start planning their sports betting adventures for the coming season. If you’re interested in trying your hand at sports betting, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got you covered on this front, as we’ll walk you through the steps to take before the start of the 2020 season to get your sports betting license in Massachusetts.
Steps To Follow
The best way to ensure you get your license in time for the start of the season is to follow the steps below. However, keep in mind that things do happen outside of the norm, so be prepared for anything.
1. Visit The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Website
The first step in the process is to visit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission website. On this page, you’ll find a list of all the necessary documents you need to upload to obtain a sports betting license. Make sure you’ve got all of them before you start the process.
The forms you need to upload are marked on the following page. Make sure you’ve got all of them before you start the process.
Once you’ve uploaded all the required documents, the Gaming Commission website will give you further instructions on how to proceed. Follow the on-screen instructions carefully and you’ll be done with the application process in no time!
2. Schedule An Appointment With The Gaming Commissioner
After you’ve finished the online application process, the next step is to schedule an appointment with the Gaming Commissioner to go over your application. The appointment should take place no later than 14 days after you’ve submitted your application. Make sure you’ve got all the necessary documents with you at the time of the appointment. Your gaming attorney or accountant should also be present at the meeting.
The commissioner will go over your documentation and answer any questions you might have about the process. Remember to bring your wagering requirements for the coming season. You’re going to need to prove that you’ve fulfilled them if you want to open for business before the season starts.
3. Complete A Food And Beverage Management Course
If you’re looking to open a restaurant or bar, you’ll need to complete a food and beverage management course. This is an 8-hour online course that teaches you how to handle food and drink orders, manage food expenses, and deal with different types of customers. The cost is $200 and you’ll need to complete it before you can start the application process for a license to operate a restaurant or bar.
It’s worth noting that this is a requirement whether you want to bet on or off-track betting. However, if you do end up choosing to bet on-track, you’ll need to complete a second course, which focuses on casino operations. The first restaurant/bar applicant who completed this course and was subsequently approved by the Gaming Commission won the right to operate an on-track betting parlor. If you’re interested in applying for a license to operate a sportsbook, you’ll need to enroll in this course.
4. Study The Casino Law In Massachusetts
Once you’ve got your license, the next step is to study the casino law in Massachusetts. The best way to do this is with the help of an experienced casino attorney. Make sure you’re aware of all the rules and regulations surrounding sportsbooks and casinos, as they can be a little bit tricky. You don’t want to break any of the rules or regulations and end up having to start over from scratch!
There are also a few things you might want to avoid while you’re studying. For example, don’t look for shortcuts as they may lead you astray. Instead, do your research, invest in good-quality legal materials, and make sure you’ve got a good-sized notepad and pen nearby. With the right materials, it shouldn’t be hard to pass the bar exam on your first try!
5. Practice Law For A Legal Match
The final step in the process is to join a legal consortium and find a legal match. A legal match is a lawyer who is a member of a group of lawyers who agree to take on a case for a reduced rate if they can prove their fee is higher than the rate they agreed to accept. The best solution is to find a legal match who specializes in gaming law. The reduced rate will cover the cost of all the legal materials, including the filing fee and the expenses of traveling to and from court dates.
Once you’ve found a legal match, you’ll need to sign a fee agreement and provide them with the documents needed for your case. The legal match will also need to review your case and advise you on any potential pitfalls you might encounter.
If all goes well, you should be able to close the deal not long after you’ve signed the agreement. Remember to make regular payments as part of the final settlement. Otherwise, you’ll need to start over from scratch once the case has been adjudicated.
With these steps, you’ll be able to start your sports betting business in Massachusetts in no time! Keep in mind that this is the basic process and there are a few extra steps you might need to take before opening your doors to the public.