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Massachusetts makes move towards legalised sports betting

Massachusetts took a significant step towards legalised sports betting on Thursday when Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal that would allow fans to wager online and at casinos.

The initiative would put a 10 per cent tax on sports betting inside casinos while online bets would be taxed at 12.5 per cent.

It is estimated the move will generate $35m (€31m) in taxes and licensing fees in the next fiscal year. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would be in charge of issuing licenses while betting on college sports, other amateur sporting events and esports would not be allowed.

The proposal would also allow daily fantasy sports operators, such as the Boston-based DraftKings, to be licensed for sports wagering.

In New England, Rhode Island has already begun allowing sports books at its two casinos.