In 2018, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited online sports gambling, allowing each state to choose whether or not to regulate these practices. Since then, a majority of states have either passed or introduced legislation to legalize sports betting at retail locations, online, or both options.
Is Sports Betting Currently Legal in Maine?
Maine became the sixth state to legalize sports betting in 2019 on June 19th. This was the last day of the legislative session for Maine and the speed of Bill 553 surprised everybody. Watch the video or continue reading below for all the Maine sports wagering details!
Legal Sports Betting in Maine
Once signed by Governor Janet Mills, LD 553 will legalize sports betting at physical locations and online. Maine currently has 11 retail locations where sports betting could be offered, which are listed in the table below. In addition to these retail locations, an uncapped number of online operators will also be able to offer sports betting in Maine. Once online operators are announced I will create a separate table. Brick-and-mortar operators will be taxed at a rate of 10%, while online operators will be taxed at 16%. Sports betting tax revenue will go to Maine's General Fund.
This table shows the physical locations Maine residents will be able to bet on sports. Maine residents will also be able to bet online or via mobile application
|Name||City||Type of Facility||Offers Sports Betting?||Sports Betting Launch Date|
|Hollywood Casino & Raceway||Bangor||Casino & Racetrack||TBD||TBD|
|Off-Track Betting Location #1||Brunswick||Off-Track Betting Location||TBD||TBD|
|Off-Track Betting Location #2||Sanford||Off-Track Betting Location||TBD||TBD|
|Off-Track Betting Location #3||Lewiston||Off-Track Betting Location||TBD||TBD|
|Off-Track Betting Location #4||Waterville||Off-Track Betting Location||TBD||TBD|
|Aroostook Band of Micmac||TBD||Indian Tribe||TBD||TBD|
|Houlton Band of Maiseet Indians||TBD||Indian Tribe||TBD||TBD|
|Passamaquoddy Tribe||TBD||Indian Tribe||TBD||TBD|
Will the bill legalize online sports betting in Maine?
Yes, bill LD 553 will legalize online sports betting and sports betting at approved retail locations such as casinos. Users must be 21 years of age or older to place a bet.
Are there any prohibited bets?
Yes, residents of Maine will not be allowed to bet on any game that takes place in Maine. Fortunately, it will still be legal to bet on Maine collegiate and professional teams as long as those games are played out of state.
Maine Online Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Maine residents.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in Maine?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Maine?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Connecticut. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Maine as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Maine have an online lottery?
No, the Maine Lottery does not offer online games.