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.
Sports betting may only be the beginning, too. Maine lawmakers are moving to vest control over the state’s online gambling – all of it – with the federally-recognized tribes in the state. The bill to do so, LD 1777, is now under consideration in the Maine House of Representatives.
Historically, Maine has taken a conservative approach to gambling. The first legal slot machines only appeared in the Pine Tree State in 2004. 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.
Online casinos may not be completely off the table in Maine, though. We have recently estimated the chance of a new online casino law in 2024 to be 5%. So, there is reason for hope.