Online Sportsbooks in

In early 2020 after a period of intense lobbying by local casinos, the state vetoed a sports betting proposal. It now looks like Mainers will have to wait another year before online sports betting will become available.

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Maine is expecting to take action soon when it comes to legalize Online Sports betting & Online Casino

Maine Sports Betting

Everything was in place for online sports betting to arrive in Maine for the beginning of 2020. That was until the existing casinos, unhappy with the potential competition, began a campaign to veto the proposed bill.

After the bill was vetoed, lawmakers rushed to override it, but their attempts fell at the last hurdle as the Senate voted against the override, by one vote.

It looks like the sports betting will be back on the cards for the next legislative session with an eventual launch in 2021.
Betting in ME - what you can and can't do

Bet on sports in-person ❌

Bet on sports online ❌

Register with a sportsbook online ❌

Deposit & withdraw funds with a sportsbook online ❌

Bet on collegiate teams or collegiate games ❌

Bet on high/school sports ❌

FAQS Maine online betting

Here are your most commonly asked questions regarding online sports betting in Maine.

🤔 Are there any sportsbooks in Maine?

No. Sports betting is not currently legal in the Pine Tree State. A proposed bill to legalize sports betting was vetoed in early 2020.

⚖️ Is sports betting legal in Maine?

No. sports betting is not currently legal in Maine.

⌛ When will online sports betting be legal in Maine?

We expect that by 2021 the state will have legalized online betting. A proposed sports betting bill was vetoed by the state House in 2020.

❓ How can I bet on sports in Maine?

You cannot currently bet on sports in Maine. However, you can cross the state border with New Hampshire and place a bet with DraftKings sportsbook.

Online Sports Betting in Maine

The Pine Tree State came within one senate vote of passing a sports betting bill in early 2020. The bill would have allowed for online sportsbook to launch in the state without partnering with an existing casino.

This clause obviously jarred with the local casinos who lobbied vociferously to have the bill vetoed. The veto eventually went through despite a late attempt to have it overrun.

The bill had enjoyed a significant amount of support, so we can expect to see it back on the tables in 2021.

The bill had proposed a 10% on all mobile wagers, which may be a deciding factor in pushing through the bill. Any sportsbook looking to launch in the state will also have to fork out $20,000 for a license.

When sports betting does eventually get legalized, there will be a number of sportsbooks looking to launch in the state, especially considering the low tax rate. We expect DraftKings will be one of the first to make it across state lines as they are already up and running in New Hampshire.

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The HB 137 proposed sports betting bill in Maine

The bill would allow for the following:

  • Anyone over 21-years of age could place a bet.
  • Retail sportsbooks would pay a 16% tax rate.
  • Online sportsbooks would pay a 10% tax rate.
  • Betting on college athletics permitted.
  • Wagering prohibited on any event in which any ME collegiate sports teams participate.

Sports teams in Maine

The Pine Tree State does not have the most avid sports fans in the country. According to a recent poll the state came 38th when it came to time spent watching sports.

Football is the most popular sport in the state, followed by baseball and basketball. The state does not have any major league professional sports teams.

The Maine Mariners are the most popular Hockey team, competing in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

The Portland Sea Dogs play in the Eastern Division of minor league baseball. The Sea Dogs are an affiliate of the Red Sox.

The Maine Red Claws play in the NBA G league and enjoy widespread support in the state.