There is not a single licensed poker room in the state of Massachusetts. That is probably the biggest reason why so many players play online or set up a home poker game in Massachusetts. The laws are also vague and hard to understand, but I would say that poker could be considered illegal in this state.
Online Poker Room
Play at Bet Online
Visit the Bovada Casino
Massachusetts Gambling Laws
Massachusetts has some of the oldest gambling laws in the states. The law is written where gaming, illegal gaming and unlawful gaming are considered illegal lotteries in this state. The laws are not clear enough for the average person to decipher. A good lawyer could argue that poker is legal in Massachusetts, but he could just as easily argue that playing poker is illegal. In the end it does look like that playing poker is considered more illegal than legal.
Where to play live poker in Massachusetts
The only live poker games in this state are home poker games between friends, but there are some great poker rooms in nearby states.
Poker sites accepting players from Massachusetts
Despite the non-existent live poker scene, there is a good online poker community here. Online poker players from this state can play at Bovada.lv, Bet Online Poker and America's Cardroom. These three poker rooms are by far, the best poker rooms for players in Massachusetts. Bovada is the top poker room that you can play at, while the other two are good alternatives if you do not like the Bovada poker room.