Gambling Laws in Maine
Gambling laws in Maine differ slightly from those of other states. For example, casinos are welcome — and Maine’s venues are resort-like in their amenities and size — but after the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, local tribes run high-stakes bingo rooms rather than sanctioned casinos. Despite efforts by lawmakers, no online gambling has yet been legalized to complement on-site options. Several new bills were introduced to this effect in 2019, but so far, only one, LD 553, has managed to stay afloat in the Maine legislature. Daily Fantasy was, however, introduced in 2017, which is a positive sign for Maine’s online betting future.
- You can rely on us to use trusted sources, including: the Portland Press Haraldand the Bangor Daily Newsto stay abreast of all betting news and developments.
- Our dedicated staff can help inform you, not only about sports betting but across most areas of the gambling industry, including casino games such as slots and video poker.
- We keep our eyes on local laws by following the actions of Maine’sGambling Control Unit and the Maine State Legislature to bring you the latest updates.
Most Popular Sports in Maine
Boasting no professional sports franchise teams of their own in-state, Mainers prefer to look regionally for their sports viewing fun, usually following teams based in Boston. However, that does not mean the state lacks in its own options for playing and supporting local sports. College sports, in particular, including football and basketball are quite popular.
Here are the most popular sports and resulting betting markets in Maine:
Football – Maine Black Bears
Based in University of Maine’s Orono campus, the Black Bears football team has a storied past. The team played their first season in 1892. Since then, they have won over fans near and far by playing in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs eight times and winning thirteen conference championships. Notable players include Justin Strzelczyk, who went on to play nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Basketball – Maine Black Bears
One of University of Maine’s other major teams, Black Bears men’s basketball has been around almost as long as their football counterparts. Formed in 1904, the team now plays in the American East Conference and is coached by Richard Barron.
Hockey – Maine Mariners
A very competitive division of hockey to say the least, the Maine Mariners play just below the NHL in the country’s ECHL Eastern Conference. With long-standing affiliations to the giant clubs of the NHL, New York Rangers, this is one of the most established and well-supported sporting professional outfits in the entire state. Keep up with there action at your favorite online bookie now!
Basketball – Maine Mariners
Representing the University of Maine is the Maine Black Bears basketball team. This squad have gone from strength to strength in recent years. There open and attacking brand of basketball has caught the attention of NBA scouts and put this team firmly in the spotlight of the sports experts and commentators. You can catch them playing most weekends down at the campus stadium under the watchful guidance of coach Amy Vachon.
Local History of Sports Betting
Sports betting has been strictly prohibited in Maine, despite many efforts to legalize and regulate it. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against PASPA in 2018, Maine lawmakers have introduced many bills to address sports betting specifically. LD 1348, LD 1515 and LD 1571 are recently proposed bills having to do with sports betting, which were all unfortunately not passed by May 2019. One bill remains on the table: LD 553, “An Act to Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State” and could finally bring about the legalization that many Mainers have been waiting for.
|1950||Maine’s gambling industry is born with the legalization of horse racing, specifically harness racing. Dog racing remains illegal.|
|2010||A casino bill is passed, making way for two major resort casinos to be built in the state, but online gambling is not legalized.|
|2017||Daily Fantasy Sports are legalized in Maine.|
|2018||The U.S. Supreme Court overturns PASPA, opening the door for states to amend their sports betting laws. Maine lawmakers propose laws regarding sports betting that are unfortunately not passed.|
|2019||Several laws were considered by the Maine legislature in 2019, though only one is still on the table, LD 553, which would create system to legalize and regulate sports betting in the state.|
Legal Online Sports Betting Age in Maine
Since sports betting has not yet been legalized in Maine, we cannot say for certain what the legal age will be when the time comes. The regulation will likely follow the state’s other age limits, such as for consumption of alcohol and marijuana, which are legal starting at 21 years of age.
Sports Betting AgeThere is currently no age, as there is no legal sports gambling in Maine.
Alcohol AgeThe legal drinking age is 21 in Maine.
Weed AgeYou can legally smoke marijuana in Maine if you are 21 years of age.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal Outside of the State?
Some of Maine’s New England neighbors have already made major headway in legalizing sports betting, on and offline. Rhode Island was the first in the region to offer betting at a casino, shortly after last year’s PASPA ruling. More than two-thirds of New England also offer Daily Fantasy, including Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware. Delaware, in particular, is a leader in the push to legalize sports betting in the United States.
Taxes on Your Winnings: Do You Have to Pay Anything?
Until sports betting is officially legalized in Maine, which could come sooner rather than later, we cannot know for certain what the state will decide in terms of taxation of winnings. But it is likely to follow trends in the U.S. and Europe, where many countries implement 5% duty on winnings. Many lawmakers address tax revenue, and its possibility of funding state projects, within their proposals for legalized sports betting and other forms of gambling. It remains to be seen what the legislature will decide, but Main Revenue Services may provide further information when the time comes.
Upcoming Regulation Changes in Maine Sports Betting Law
Maine lawmakers clearly have sports betting on their minds since the PASPA judgement in 2018. In January 2019 alone, seven different bills regarding sports betting were proposed in Maine’s legislature. Those included LD 1348, an act to authorize sports wagering, and LD 1571, which took a more focused approach to allow Native tribes the exclusive rights to managing sports betting in the state. Unfortunately neither bill has progressed, but LD 553 remains and could mean the legalization and regulation of sports betting in Maine is just around the corner.