Maine Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

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.

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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
Oxford Casino Oxford Casino TBD TBD
Scarborough Downs Scarborough 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
Penobscot 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?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are 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.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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