Massachusetts Sportsbook Bonuses to Expect When Sports Betting Launches

Now that Massachusetts lawmakers have given the green light to launch sports betting, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Maybe the most important question: What will be the Massachusetts sportsbook bonuses for new users?

Massachusetts could have one of the country’s most profitable sports betting markets. Boston is the 10th-most populous US city, and it boasts five major sports teams with ravenous fan bases. Plus, the proposed 15% tax on in-person bets and 20% on mobile bets is reasonable.

As a result, sportsbooks are going to do whatever they can to attract tons of new users in Massachusetts. The best way to do that? Offer enticing welcome bonus offers.

We don’t yet know which sports betting sites will operate in Massachusetts, but we have a good idea of a handful. With that said, here’s a look at potential sportsbook bonuses Massachusetts residents can enjoy when sports betting launches.

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DraftKings

Like it did in the daily fantasy sports space, DraftKings quickly became a leader in the sports betting industry. It has a rock-solid app and arguably the deepest betting market of all the sportsbooks. (Care to bet on some cornhole, anyone?) Also: It has its headquarters in Boston. There’s no way DraftKings won’t get a Massachusetts license.

DraftKings Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome promo: a $50 free bet with a $5 deposit, plus a 20% deposit match up to $1,000. The $50 is a generous free bet that’s one-of-a-kind in the industry.

BetMGM

BetMGM is another no-doubter for Massachusetts sports betting because its parent company, MGM, already operates MGM Springfield. So future sports bettors in the Bay State should get familiar with BetMGM’s competitive odds and streamlined platform.

BetMGM Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome bonus: a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. The playthrough requirement with your free credits to qualify for a cashout is just 1x.

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Caesars Sportsbook

One of the most trusted names in all of gambling and entertainment, Caesars knocks it out of the park with Caesars Sportsbook. The sports betting app is high-quality in all facets, and the rewards program, Caesars Rewards, is among the best out there.

Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome promo: a risk-free bet of up to $1,500. This bet requires a $50 deposit, but the $1,500 risk-free value is eye-catching.

BetRivers

BetRivers, a smaller sportsbook, has carved itself part of the sports betting market share. That’s thanks to excellent ongoing promotions, and a market depth and user experience that can compete with the titans of the industry. One downside is that BetRivers has had struggles with its iOS app, but the mobile browser platform is user-friendly.

BetRivers Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome bonus: a 100% deposit match up to $250. Although the amount isn’t as alluring, this bonus could be the best in the industry. Why? Three words: 100% deposit match.

FanDuel

Like DraftKings, FanDuel transitioned seamlessly from DFS dominance to sports betting success. FanDuel is competitive in all areas, but especially with its odds. The sports betting site has become somewhat of a market-setter for odds, with sharps jumping on the best odds at FanDuel before the rest of the sports betting population.

FanDuel Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome promo: a “no sweat first bet” up to $1,000. That wording is unique, but the promo is simple: If you lose your first bet, it will be refunded in site credit up to $1,000.

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PointsBet

Another smaller sportsbook, PointsBet also hangs with the big dogs. It boasts an excellent app and quality market depth, and it offers bettors a one-of-a-kind way to wager: PointsBetting. In essence, PointsBetting depends on the final score of the game you bet on. For every point you win by, your winnings get multiplied. But the same goes for losses. So, for an NFL game with an Over/Under of 27, if you bet the Over and the total is 32, your winnings are multiplied 5x (32 – 27 = 5).

PointsBet Massachusetts will likely offer new users this welcome promo: two risk-free bets up to $2,000. You can bet up to $500 risk-free on your first fixed-odds wager, and up to $1,500 risk-free on your first PointsBetting wager.

About the Author

Matthew Bain

Matthew Bain started as a Content Manager at Massachusetts Casinos in 2022. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew continued to oversee the Register's recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet's high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he's somehow a Boston Celtics fan.