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Understanding Massachusetts Gambling & Gaming Laws

Although it is legal to gamble under certain circumstances, there are both state and federal laws that restrict some forms of gambling in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Gaming Enforcement Division oversees gambling activities throughout the state and prosecutes individuals and entities accused of violating the gaming laws. A conviction carries harsh criminal penalties, including long prison sentences, fines worth thousands of dollars, and a permanent criminal record.

If you or a loved one is being accused of a gambling crime in Boston, let DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C. help you obtain the best possible result in your case. With nearly a decade of legal experience under his belt, Attorney James G. DeGiacomo and Attorney Sergey Mikhlin are former prosecutors who have handled thousands of cases in state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts. They provide attentive and personalized legal representation to clients in Boston and throughout the state.

Contact DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, at (617) 941-3666 for a free initial consultation.

Is Gambling Legal in Massachusetts?

Yes, gambling is legal in Massachusetts under certain conditions. In 2011, the state passed a law that allowed for the establishment of three resort-style casinos and one slots facility. These establishments are permitted to offer a variety of table games, such as poker, blackjack, and roulette, as well as slot machines and other electronic games. The law also allows for charitable gambling events, such as bingo games, raffles, and other similar events, provided a licensed organization is sponsoring them. However, sports betting and online gambling currently remain illegal in Massachusetts, though there have been efforts to legalize both forms of gambling.

What is Illegal Gambling?

Illegal gambling in Massachusetts is defined as “a banking or percentage game” conducted physically through cards, dominoes, or tiles, or electronically through machines or other devices in exchange for money, property, credit, or anything of value. Exceptions include the lottery, horse-racing bets, as well as bingo and other charitable gaming.

Illegal gaming means play a game for money or property, or betting on the sides or hands of individuals participating in the game. Exceptions include gaming at casinos and other legal gaming sites.

Common Types of Gambling Offenses

The following are the most common types of gambling crimes in MA:

  • Illegally operating a gaming house – A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to three months and a maximum fine of $50.

  • Setting up an illegal lottery – A felony, punishable by a maximum prison term of three years and a fine of up to $3,000.

  • Operating a sportsbook or illegal betting – A felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and a maximum fine of $3,000.

  • Allowing individuals under 21 years old to play in a licensed casino – A felony, punishable by a maximum jail term of one year and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

  • Possessing, selling, transporting, or manufacturing a gambling device – Forfeit the device to the state or face criminal charges.

If the unlawful activity crosses state lines or involves multiple perpetrators or victims in other states, then the offense is a federal crime. A conviction of a federal offense carries harsher penalties, including a federal prison sentence.

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When facing serious state or federal gambling charges, look no further than DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C.. Attorneys James G. DeGiacomo and Sergey Mikhlin can listen to your story, thoroughly examine your situation, and figure out the best possible legal options to help you avoid conviction or harsh penalties, such as serving time behind bars.

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