- Is betting legal in Maine?
Sports betting is legal in Maine but hasn’t launched yet. Governor Janet Mills signed LD 585 on May 2, 2022, to bring sports betting to the state. This followed failed attempts to legalize sports betting in 2020 and 2021.
- Who governs sports betting in Maine?
The Maine Gambling Control Board (MGCB) oversees sports betting in Maine. The Maine Gambling Control Unit (MGCU) supports the MGCB and helps implement its gambling regulations. Tribal authorities will operate mobile sportsbooks with supervision from the MGCB.
- When will sports betting launch in Maine?
It’s undecided when sports betting will launch in Maine, as the Maine Gaming Control Board (MGCB) needs to create rules for sports betting and license operators. Experts have estimated it may be late 2023 or 2024 before sports betting launches.
- Where can I bet on sports in Maine?
When sports betting launches in Maine, you will be able to use mobile apps to wager anywhere in the state. The Maine Gambling Control Board (MGCB) will offer both commercial casinos the chance to provide retail sports betting. Up to four racetracks or off-track betting locations can also offer land-based sportsbooks.
- Are sportsbooks in Maine safe?
The Maine Gambling Control Board (MGCB) is drafting rules to ensure that sports betting in Maine is safe. This will include extensive background checks on license applicants, tests of security measures, and regular inspections. The MGCB will also set out the responsible gambling measures in ME.
- Would I have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Maine?
Yes, you will have to pay taxes to the IRS on your betting winnings in Maine. You will need to fill out a W-2G form if you earn more than $600 through wagers. In addition, your betting winnings are also subject to state income tax.
- Can you play DraftKings in Maine?
DraftKings may be one of the operators to launch in Maine. Until then, you can travel across the border to New Hampshire and use the DraftKings app for betting. DraftKings’ Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games are, though, available in ME.
- Can you play FanDuel in Maine?
You can’t use FanDuel for betting, but you can play its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games. FanDuel is likely to be one of the first sportsbooks to launch in Maine. In the meantime, the closest state you can visit to bet with FanDuel is Connecticut.
- Can you play BetMGM in Maine?
As sports betting isn’t live in Maine, you can’t use BetMGM. However, BetMGM is available in 17 states and is likely to be one of the first sportsbooks to launch in Maine. The closest place you can use BetMGM’s sportsbook until then is New York.
- Can you play Caesars in Maine?
Caesars will probably be one of the first sportsbooks to launch in Maine, considering the betting site is already available in 17 states. If you want to bet with Caesars, New York is the closest place you can travel.
- Can you play TwinSpires in Maine?
It’s unlikely TwinSpires will launch in Maine as its operator, Churchill Downs, is shutting down the sportsbook.
- Which sportsbooks will be available in Maine in the future?
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor owner, Penn National Gaming, also operates Barstool Sportsbook and is likely to launch this retail sportsbook in ME. Oxford Casino & Hotel is also eligible to apply for a retail sports betting license but owners Churchill Downs are in the process of closing down their TwinSpires sportsbook. BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel are among the operators that might partner with tribes and launch online in Maine.