A handful of states have sports betting legislation in flux as 2022 marches on.
Maine, on the other hand, is close.
July 31 saw the Pine Tree State make history as the latest state to introduce mobile and retail sports wagering. Sports betting licenses and opportunities in Maine will be limited to specific state tribes, and the competition for space in the state’s legal wagering landscape is expected to be fierce.
Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.
Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app.
Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.
Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.
Each of Maine’s Wabanki Nations (Penobscot, Passamaquoody, Micmac and Maliseet) will be able to host one commercial online sportsbook provider (meaning only four operators will be permitted to offer mobile sports wagering come July 31.)
When Maine does join the ever-growing list of states with legal sports betting, you can expect all the major players in the U.S. sports betting space to be in the mix, with FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars among them. And we’ll be there with our list of the top online sportsbooks to consider.
The addition of mobile sports betting in Maine will mean plenty of bonuses and offers for anyone making wagers within state lines. We encourage everyone to maximize their bonus and offer exposure, since many of these first-time inducements result in real cash landing in sports bettors’ accounts, with little playthrough required (for the most part).
|🚀 Launch Date||TBD|
|💰 # of Betting Sites||0|
|📱 Online Sports Betting||❌ No|
|🎰 Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes (coming soon)|
|🖥️ Online Casino||❌ No|
|🃏 Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|🏈 College Sports Betting||✅ Yes (but not on in-state teams)|
|🌎 2022 Population (est.)||1.38 million|
|💸 Tax Rate||10 percent|
When sports betting is legalized in ME, you can consult our top list for the best sports betting options available to you. Our interactive list will allow you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Maine once sports betting is legalized. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements will vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it will be time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Maine residents should come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
We applauded Maine for being on a direct path to legalized sports betting – but as we’ve seen with other states, the journey wasn’t an easy one.
Between vetoes, overrides, Appropriations Table involvement and multiple promising bills stalling out before reaching the final stages, there was a time when the future of sports betting in Maine looked bleak. But thanks largely to a change of heart from Governor Janet Mills, a bill did eventually pass to open the state to sports wagering.
Here’s a look at Maine’s sports betting history:
Maine’s legislature had snuck in a sports betting bill on the last day of its 2019 session, an unexpected turn of events for a state that was thought to be in the preliminary stages of planning for mobile sports betting.
Unfortunately, despite coming in just before the 2019 deadline, the bill stood no chance of getting past Mills. She promptly vetoed the piece of legislation over concerns that the people of Maine weren’t interested in expanded gambling opportunities. Both chambers felt differently – but while the Senate overrode the veto, the House came up short.
That effectively killed the quest for legal sports betting for the remainder of 2020.
Senator Louis Luchini reanimated the state’s sports betting hopes with the introduction of Bill LD 1352; this legislative item had an intriguing clause in which mobile operators wouldn’t need to be affiliated with retail locations.
Yet, while the bill passed by the House, Senate approval came with an amendment: That online sportsbooks are required to be connected with an existing casino. Luchini made his objections known, but in the end, the amended bill went forward.
Unfortunately, by the time lawmakers had something in place that satisfied all (well, most) parties, the legislative session had come to an end, closing the door on a signed sports betting bill for 2021.
While Luchini took an advocate position with the U.S. Small Business Administration early in 2022, his piece of sports betting legislation remained in play. And this time, Governor Mills felt that the skeleton of a successful bill was in place.
After amending the bill further to give the state’s tribes exclusivity with regard to mobile sports wagering, Mills’ legislation moved through the Senate and past a special Appropriations Table, where it had become stuck the year before. Mills signed the bill into law May 2, with a launch date of July 31.
Like most states, Maine has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Maine Council on Problem Gambling offers access to a variety of helpful tools, including organizations, support groups and self-help resources.
Visit the Maine Council on Problem Gambling site.
What Can You Bet On in Maine?
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Maine bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Maine is prohibited:
Maine residents won’t have many options when it comes to betting in person.
With just two commercial casinos and six off-track betting facilities in the Pine Tree State, the list of available brick-and-mortar options will be a relatively short one. Expect most, if not all, of those retail locations to apply for a license and subsequently align with an established sportsbook operator; for most, that will be their only way into the state.
Not yet – but soon! Retail and mobile sports betting will open up to Maine residents on July 31.
You will be able to create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw at any retail or mobile sportsbook, even if you don’t reside in Maine.
Esports was not part of Maine’s sports betting bill and will remain illegal even after sports wagering is legalized at the end of July.
You can comfortably limit the number of online licenses you hand out when you don’t have that large a population to begin with – and Maine certainly fits the bill there, ranked 42nd among U.S. states with 1.4 million people (2022 estimate).
The State of Maine Gambling Control Unit has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including details on gaming and regulatory oversight and monthly gaming reports.
With only four online licenses available, the big-name sportsbooks will be at the front of the list here – including Barstool Sports, which has the best shot at getting a license by virtue of being owned by Penn National Gaming, which owns Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in Bangor.