Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
Maine residents are getting closer to being able to bet on sports legally in the state. Once sports betting becomes legal in Maine, residents age 21 and over will be able to bet on pro and college football and basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, UFC and other types of sporting events.
Once sports betting bills are passed and approved, it’s likely casinos in Bangor and Oxford will be given permission to allow sports betting, along with the state’s American Indian tribes with regulatory approval.
Legislation updates on sports betting in Maine
Senate Bill 553 was filed in January, 2019 and was part of a busy legislative session with seven different sports betting bills during the month. Two of the bills sponsored would regulate online and mobile wagering and 553 would ensure the proper oversight of sports betting.
Maine’s Gambling Control Board is one potential regulatory authority, as they currently regulate the casino industry.