There is currently no sports betting in Maine. This is despite the best efforts of state legislators who have attempted to pass legislation on a number of occasions since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional.
The latest attempt came in 2021 when the State Congress proceeded with a single sports betting bill LD1352 following the introduction of several similar pieces of legislation. The new bill would have set a tax rate of 16% for online sportsbooks and 10% for retail outlets. However, there was an issue with tethering of online sportsbooks to casinos. The state’s casinos and their supporters argued that all licenses must be tethered to a casino while other legislators felt that this would stifle competition in the industry.
Ultimately, legislators couldn’t agree on a compromise and the bill failed like so many of its predecessors.
Even if the bill had passed congress, it still would need to be signed by Governor Janet Mills who has previously refused to sign a sports betting bill despite it being passed by congress.
Who regulates the Maine sports betting industry?
The Maine Gambling Control Unit currently supports the Maine Gambling Control Board. the five-member board oversees the regulation of the Maine gaming industry including its casinos. If legislation were to pass, the board would be the most likely candidate to become the state’s sports betting regulator.
Which sportsbooks are available in Maine?
There are currently no retail sportsbooks available in Maine. However, if sports betting legislation were to pass, retail sportsbooks would likely open in the state’s two casinos.
These casinos are:
This casino is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming. Penn is also the owner of Barstool Sports so once legislation is passed, we can expect to see a Barstool Sportsbook open in the casino.
This casino is owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc. If sports betting legislation is passed we can expect to Churchill Downs’ sports betting brand TwinSpires open a retail sportsbook in the casino.
Sports betting apps in Maine
The most recent effort to pass sports betting legislation would have seen the state allow online sports betting operators apply to launch mobile apps in the state.
However, Bill LD1352 failed to pass as legislators couldn’t agree on the matter of tethering. Some legislators backed by the state’s two casinos argued that all mobile sports betting apps must be tethered to one of Maine’s two casinos while other felt that mobile operators should be allowed to apply for untethered licenses.
It’s hard to say what will happen if legislation does pass but one thing we can be sure of is that both of the state’s casino operators will likely launch their own sports betting apps in Maine. This would see both Barstool Sportsbook and TwinSpires Sportsbook enter the market.
Which other operators will join is impossible to guess right now but we will update this section as and when any announcements are made.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Maine
Maine legalized Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in August of 2017. This made Maine the fifth state to legalize DFS contests in 2017 and the fifteenth overall.
The bill that was passed by Congress to legalize DFS contests was never signed by state Governor Paul LePage. However, as the governor decided not to veto the bill, it passed into law automatically.
According to the Gambling Control Unit, there are currently 11 licensed DFS operators in the state.
- Bid Ventures Inc.
- Dataforce LLC
- DraftKings Inc.
- FanDuel Inc.
- Fantasy Sports Shark LLC
- Heavy Blade LLC
- Owners Box 3.0 Inc.
- Sports Hub Games Network
- Underdog Sports Inc.
- Yahoo Fantasy Sports LLC
- FFPC, LLC
What about online poker in Maine?
There is no regulated online poker market in the state of Maine. Although the state is quite liberal with regards to commercial gambling, the relatively low population of just 1.3 million means that very few online poker providers would feel that establishing a presence in the state would be worthwhile. This makes it unlikely that we’ll see online poker or online casino legislation in Maine in the near future.
That said, the state has made no move to restrict the operations of international poker websites that allows registrations from Maine players.
Maine sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in Maine?
No, sports betting is not yet legal in the state of Maine.
Will Maine ever have mobile sports betting?
Previous attempts at legislation have included provisions for mobile sports betting licenses. So, if the state passes sports betting legislation, there will likely be an online market.
What is the legal gambling age in Maine?
The minimum age for lottery and pari-mutuel betting is 18 whereas casino games have a minimum age of 21.
When will Maine legalize sports betting?
We could see another attempt to legalize sports betting in 2022 but it's unlikely that the industry would launch prior to 2023.