BRIEF Maine Gambling History
In 2004, voters approved slot machines for two racetrack facilities. Hollywood Slots in Bangor, Maine, opened in 2005. In 2010, voters approved a casino for Oxford County, as well. In 2012, the Oxford Casino opened. But before that, the Lottery was the first legal gambling option. On June 27, 1974, first lottery draw was held in the Pine Tree State.
In 2014, a legislative bill provided for two tribal casinos on native land. This is facing opposition from the business interests behind the existing casinos. The Maine legislature rejected a proposed third casino in York county, southern Maine.
Current Legal Types Of Gambling
Casinos: There are 2 casino / hotels with slots and table games in Maine. The first was Hollywood Bangor Casino, Hotel and Raceway in 2003. Owned by Penn National Gaming, it is the smallest casino in New England. The Oxford Casino opened in Oxford, ME in 2012. Churchill Downs, LTD owns this casino. In addition, Oxford recently added its hotel a year ago.
Live Poker: Social poker games are legal if not organized or profit from gambling. As long as nobody is taking rake or making a profit from the games, then there should not be any problem. The only casino poker room is at Hollywood Bangor.
Sports Betting: Maine legislators are pushing for legal Sports Betting. A bill that now only needs the Governor’s approval will allow for both retail sports books inside the state’s gaming facilities as well as through state-wide online sports wagering apps provided by online sports betting providers. Consequently, the system could be up and working in time for the 2019-20 NFL season.
Lottery Betting: The usual lottery type games and the inter-state games are offered.
Bingo Betting: Yes, charity gambling is regulated. Maine uses the word ‘Beano’ to cover a lot of games in this area (a mix of Bingo and Keno?). You can also find high stakes bingo games on tribal lands in special ‘bingo casinos’.
Maine Casino Specs