Maine Gambling Control Board
45 Commerce Drive
Augusta, Maine 04333-0087
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
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.
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 and 9% net table game income for gambling addiction services.
The period of self-exclusion shall be either 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, or a lifetime.
COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
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.
21+ years to gamble
A person 18 to 20 years of age may be present if that person is a licensed employee.
Gaming Control Board must approve all slot machines distributed in the state.
ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements.
Must obtain written authorization from the executive director of the MGCB.
RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
CASHLESS GAMING & ALTERNATIVE PAYMENTS
No. Additionally, cryptocurrency is not currently permitted as a form of payment for gambling transactions.
The legislation authorizes four federally recognized tribes in Maine (the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township and the Penobscot Nation) the exclusive right to apply for mobile sports wagering licenses.
Casinos, racetracks and off-track betting sites are permitted to operate land-based sportsbooks
INITIAL LICENSING FEE
Mobile operators: $200,000
LICENSE RENEWAL FEE
Operators: $4,000, payable every four years
Mobile operators: $200,000, payable every four years
Operators may allow wagering on any professional sports or athletic event, collegiate sports or athletic event or amateur sports or athletic event.
OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
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