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Maine Sports Betting is Now Live – Everything you Need to Know
On November 3rd, 2023, Maine became the latest member of the United States to kick off legal sports betting operations with several Maine betting apps officially launching.
Below, we’ll go over everything that residents of the Pine Tree State need to know regarding sports betting, in terms of both how the state got here and how they can get in on the action.
Maine Sports Betting Goes Live
The opening of legal sports betting in Maine has been a question of when, not if, for a long period of time. Gov. Janet Mills initially signed sports betting into law in May of 2022, but the Maine Gambling Control Unit took several months to iron out regulatory details. These details included such things as how the state would distribute tax revenue from sports betting, advertising restrictions on sportsbooks, and other particulars of licensing with control of the sports betting market in the states being ceded to the four tribes.
How to Sign Up for an Account in Maine
Signing up for a sports betting account in Maine is simple, so long as bettors are at least 21 years of age and located within the state. Here’s a rundown:
- Go to the website or download the app for one of the mobile sportsbooks in the state – Caesars or DraftKings.
- Follow the Sign Up prompt, then provide the necessary information to create an account. This will include an email and password, as well as enough personal information to verify the player’s identity.
- Make your first deposit with the sportsbook using one of the supported payment methods.
- Find your desired market, set your wager, and place your first bet.
Available Sportsbooks in Maine
Control of the sports betting market in Maine is held by the four local tribes – the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy. The Passamaquoddy became the last tribe to partner with a sports betting operator, giving DraftKings Sportsbook access to the state. All three of the former tribes partnered with Caesars Sportsbook.
Licensing for in-person sports betting licenses has been slower to develop, but BetMGM will reportedly have on-site sports betting locations in Maine. Other sports betting operators with casinos in the state have yet to apply for sports betting licenses, but the potential remains for them to do so.
In the meantime, Caesars and DraftKings are the two mobile sports betting options available to players in Maine.