Everything You Need to Know About Legalized Sports Betting in Maine
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The time has finally come for the state of Maine to join several other states around the country when it comes to legalized sports betting. According to News Center Maine, Governor Janet Mills signed a bill on May 2 that will legalize sports betting in the state as of July 31, 2022. Here's what that will mean to those interested.
Maine's Federally Recognized Tribes Will Control the Majority of Mobile Sports Betting
As part of the bill signed by Governor Janet Mills, Maine's federally recognized tribes of the Wabanaki Nations will control the mobile sports betting in Vacationland. Those tribes will choose whether or not to build their own sportsbook and software or link up with one of the well-known national mobile sports betting companies like FanDuel, DraftKings,jo or Caesar's Sportsbook. Each tribe will only be allowed an affiliation with one national partner.
Is It Only Maine's Native American Tribes That Will Have Licenses?
As stated above, all mobile sports betting in Maine will run through the tribes. According to Legal Sports Report, Maine plans to issue 6 retail licenses for sports betting with conditions. Both of Maine's retail casinos, Oxford Casino and Hollywood Slots, are expected to be granted a license for in-person sports betting. The state will make 4 additional licenses available for horse tracks and off-track better facilities. That number could double if the state sees fit.
When Will Legalized Sports Betting Be Available in Maine?
With the bill passed, a 90-day waiting period goes into effect immediately, meaning July 31 would be the first day where legalized sports betting is in effect in Maine. There could be a few hitches along the way, but the plan is to have legalized sports better up and running before the beginning of the 2022 NFL season.
Are There Any Other Requirements for Sports Betting in Maine?
According to Sports Handle, sports betting in Maine will fall in-line with the legal drinking age, meaning only persons 21 years or older can place bets. No betting on in-state college teams will be allowed. Bettors must also physically be located within the state of Maine in order to place a wager.