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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 2

  • Economic Impact $244.2 Million

  • Jobs Supported 1,468

  • Tax Impact $86.6 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $71.4 Million (2020)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Maine Gambling Control Board

45 Commerce Drive
87 SHS
Augusta, Maine 04333-0087
207-626-3900
Website

The Maine Gambling Control Board was established in 2004, following the approval of slot machine gambling by Maine voters. There are five members of the Gambling Control Board, all appointed by the governor to serve three-year terms.

Title 8 Chapter 31 of the Maine Revised Statutes contains the laws which regulate the operation and licensing of casino-style gambling in the state.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Slot Machine Operator License
Casino Operator License
Slot Machine Distributor License
Table Game Distributor License
Gambling Services Vendor License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

 

GAMING TAX RATE
  • Net table game income is taxed at a rate of 16 percent.
  • A casino that also has a racetrack is taxed at a rate of 39 percent of net slot income.
  • A casino that does not have a racetrack is taxed at a rate of 46 percent of net slot income.
  •  An additional 1% of gross slot machine income is deposited into the General Fund for the administrative expenses of the board. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 8 1036.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Cash prizes, winnings or credits from promotional credits are considered gross slot machine income

 

 

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
5 percent on gambling winnings in excess of $5,000.

TAX ALLOCATION
The biggest recipient of gaming tax dollars in Maine is higher education through the funding of scholarships to state and community colleges. Gaming tax revenue is also used to support health care, agriculture, the state’s horse racing industry and the local governments that host commercial casinos. An additional beneficiary is a state fund established in 2000 to provide prevention-related services and other healthcare programs for Maine families.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
Gaming operators are required to transfer $100,000 to the Gambling Addiction and Prevention and Treatment Fund. Casinos are also required to distribute 3% net slot machine income to fund gambling addiction counseling services.

SELF-EXCLUSION
The period of self-exclusion shall be either 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, or a lifetime.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
None

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
All advertising, marketing & promotional materials must be submitted 30 days prior to use. The state prohibits false, misleading & deceptive advertising.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
Slot machine operators must post notices carrying a gambling addiction warning, as well as information about hotlines and addiction counseling services.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
21+ years to gamble
A person 18 to 20 years of age may be present if that person is a licensed employee.

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Gaming Control Board must approve all slot machines distributed in the state.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Must obtain written authorization from the executive director of the MGCB.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
None

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
None

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Not allowed