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Maine Sports Betting

Maine Sports Betting Legalization News

Maine passed sports betting legislation in 2019 but a tenacious battle from the governor ultimately led to the bill getting vetoed. But now it looks like regulation will happen in summer 2023.

And that probably means it will be 2022 or later before Maine sports betting becomes a reality, as it is in neighboring New Hampshire.

Editor Note: Maine sports betting inches closer to reality in April 2022. Read more.

Is sports betting legal in Maine?

No, although it was very close and both the House and Senate approved the measure. But Gov. Janet Mills didn’t like it, vetoed the measure, then fought off two attempts to override her veto. So for now, Maine sports betting fans can keep playing with their favorite offshore sportsbook, their corner bookie or drive across the border to New Hampshire to give their business to that state.

Where can I bet at Maine sportsbooks?

It was envisioned that 11 different betting facilities could offer sports betting in Maine. Land-based and online sports betting would have been permitted at a racetrack, two casinos (Oxford Casino and Hollywood Casino Bangor), four off-track-betting shops and four tribal casinos.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Maine?

Mobile and online betting was envisioned by Bill LD553 but that is now back to the drawing board. At least there is hope that a similar measure with similar mobile betting privileges can be adopted in the future.

What is the legal sports betting age in Maine?

Currently, you must be 21 for casino gambling and 18 for pari-mutuel wagering in Maine.

Who is allowed to offer Maine sports betting?

The Gambling Control Board was set to oversee sports betting at the aforementioned 11 locations in Maine.

Who regulates or licenses Maine sports betting?

The Maine Gambling Control Board is tasked with overseeing betting in the state. The most recent attempt to move was the Act to Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State – View the legislation .

What sports will be favorites of Maine sports bettors?

There are no professional sports teams in Maine and many of its residents gravitate towards the New England teams, in particular Boston franchises. The Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots are popular for fans and sports bettors in Maine.

On the college side, the Maine Black Bears compete in America East in Div. 1 college basketball. Their hockey programs is also typically strong.