Overview of Gambling in Maine
Recently there have been many changes to the way in which residents in the US can gamble. Whether it’s breaking away from the traditional brick and mortar casinos, and acknowledging sports betting or legalising online casinos. The US is one to keep your eye on as we see the online gambling industry explode into action in many states.
If you’d like to find out where Maine stands on all of this, then you're in the right place. Here is where you'll find our complete guide to all things legal when it comes to online gambling in the pine tree state.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Maine?
Currently, you can enjoy online Daily Fantasy Sports or social/sweepstake casinos in the state. Whilst the Maine Code does not criminalise playing unlicensed games of chance, we wouldn't recommend it. It is looking very likely that sports betting will soon be legalised as bills are moving forwards with votes still pending.
These bills relate to retail sports betting though which would only be offered in the land-based casinos in Maine.
Maine has a thriving horse racing industry where bets can be placed online at a number of licensed outlets. Whilst betting on dog racing was prohibited in 1993. There are a small number of commercially owned casinos, though these were only made legal in 2003.
High stakes bingo and charitable bingo is permitted through one tribal-owned bingo hall. Residents can also partake in the Maine lottery and multi-state lottos.
Minimum Legal age to Gamble in Maine
Maine has one of the lowest minimum ages in the US when it comes to gambling which is set to age 16 for the state lottery. 18-year-olds can partake in horse race betting, though 21 is the minimum age to play at a casino. DFS and bingo each carry minimum ages of 18.
Who Regulates Casinos in Maine?
The State of Maine Gambling Control Unit sits within the Department of Public Safety and is responsible for issuing gambling licences and regulating all casinos in Maine. The State Liquor & Lottery Commission regulates the lotteries, and the Maine State Harness Racing Commission, licences and regulates pari-mutuel horse race betting. Here are some news about the US online casinos: