This isn’t always the case, of course. Many sports betting enthusiasts in Maine will attest to the fact that it does indeed feel like sports betting is legal in the state. Of course, it isn’t. That’s why there are many sportsbooks and sportsbook operators that don’t even mention it on their websites. But, rest assured: sports betting is legal in Maine.
Those who want to indulge in online sports betting won’t be disappointed, however, to find out that sports betting at Maine isn’t, in strict terms, legally accessible. But, those who want to bet on live sporting events certainly shouldn’t lose hope, because there are still some possibilities to wager on, albeit not without any legal complications… However, as in the rest of the USA, you have to follow the law, if you’re going to bet. Otherwise, you might end up with some serious repercussions.
There are many politicians who want to legalize sports betting. Maine is one of them. It’s not a surprise; after all, Maine has a long tradition of gambling. In fact, Maine is home to the Maine Gaming Commission – which oversees all of the casinos, cardrooms and racetrack facilities in the state. Maine, just like the rest of the USA, is relatively pro-gambling. So, when someone mentions legalized gambling in Maine, you can pretty much expect a politician to jump on the bandwagon.
As mentioned above, Maine is home to some great sports betting facilities, but it’s not entirely safe. The problem is that Maine is home to some “rogue” operators who operate unlicensed gaming facilities and who prey on gaming enthusiasts. While Maine isn’t as “corrupt” as the other side of the issue (legally speaking), there have been numerous incidences of fraud and corruption at some Maine sporting events. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a sad situation.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely remove the possibility of corruption in the sports betting business. However, the lack of regulation and corruption at the local level makes it much easier for would-be crooked bookies and racetrack workers to slip past the bouncers at the bars and into the gambling floor themselves. Many Maine individuals that enjoy a good bet think nothing of walking over to the street-level bookmakers and telling them they’re throwing away their money. That’s why I personally recommend that whenever you go to a sports event in Maine, either in person or online, that you take along a friend, so that you have someone to protect your money with.
Unfortunately, some of the Maine residents who enjoy investing in sports betting are getting taken advantage of by some of the local bookmakers and racetrack employees. For example, while many Maine residents have accounts at several of the larger sports betting sites, many of them don’t have accounts at all at one or two of the smaller ones. As a result, when they place bets on the Maine basketball games, or the Maine football games, they may feel like their money is simply disappearing – when it isn’t. That’s why I personally recommend that whenever you can, you take along an acquaintance or friend to any Maine sports betting sites you might visit.
Now, there’s one more issue that surrounds the whole issue of legalized sports betting in Maine – there really aren’t very many legal bookmakers in Maine, since most of the state is pretty small. Therefore, many residents feel like they can’t win any wagers or collect any winnings at all at local bookmakers because the law specifically states that no licenses or permits will be honored by the state if they try to operate an online sportsbook. The state legislature has tried to remedy this issue somewhat by passing a law that says the law applies only to licensed traditional bookmakers. Still, this still doesn’t sit well with some Maine residents, who feel like they are being targeted simply because they happen to live in one of the few states in which sportsbooks are against the law.
So, realistically, it probably won’t be anytime soon that Maine sports books start offering sports betting online. However, if online gambling becomes legalized in Maine, it could very well spark a surge of activity here in the state among sports bettors who prefer to place their wagers over the internet. For example, if a Maine sportsbook began to offer sports betting online, it wouldn’t take long for it to grow into a very successful online operation. Indeed, if Maine becomes the first state to legalize sports betting – it will certainly have created a huge buzz and created new business opportunities for many people in this scenic New England state.