Maine is now a sports betting state! However, for those who are more interested in Maine online casinos, the best options remain the social and sweepstakes casinos in the state.
All is not lost, though, as successful online sports betting may lead to Maine lawmakers looking closer at online casinos. Whatever the case, we have all the latest information about online gambling in Maine below.
What gambling is legal in Maine?
Legalized gambling in Maine remains fairly spare. However, things are moving in the right direction. Sports betting, both online and live, is legal in Maine in November 2023.
However, Mainers have had decades to enjoy pari-mutuel betting, which was given the green light in 1935, and the Maine State Lottery, which was legalized in 1973.
It wasn’t until 2004 that the first legal slot machines cropped up in the Pine Tree State. After getting in on the action shortly thereafter, Hollywood Casino (then Hollywood Slots) relocated in 2008, and four years later, after adding table games, it became Maine’s first official and full-fledged casino. That same year, Oxford Casino opened its doors and remains Maine’s most recent — and only other — brick-and-mortar.
In 2017, Maine became the 15th state to legalize paid-entry daily fantasy sports, opening the door for DFS powers DraftKings and FanDuel to capture a new market.
The bill declares DFS a game of skill and exempt from state gaming laws, and the industry is overseen by the Gambling Control Unit. The game is available to players who are at least 18 years old.
In addition, Maine is home to a handful of bingo halls and racetracks that support horse racing and off-track wagering.