Tribes in Maine must wait before offering sports betting

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Before offering sports betting in casinos and online, Native American tribes in Maine may have to wait for several months, if not more than a year.
A bill enabling sports betting in the state was recently adopted by the state and it will go into effect on August 8, 2022.
But according to Milt Champion, Executive Director of the Maine Gambling Control Unit, it might not be until 2024 before the particular regulations pertaining to operators are worked out.

The technique is not simple, Champion said. We are not attempting to delay this. All we want is to complete it properly.

According to the law, only tribal operators will be permitted to offer sports betting in Maine, and they may do so both online and offline. Mobile device use is allowed when playing online games.

Democratic Governor Janet Mills gave Native American tribes power over the mobile sports betting industry.

Given that Mills threatened to veto a tribe petition for further sovereignty, this action has been interpreted as an effort to broker a peaceful settlement.

It is anticipated that mobile sports betting will generate 85% of the revenue for tribes. Tribal casinos and off-track betting shops will accept bets in person.

The Oxford horse track property of Churchill Downs is one example of an off-track betting facility.

In addition to a $4,000 fee paid to the state once every four years, Maine levies a 10 percent tax on all gaming proceeds.

The Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy Tribes, which together make up the Wabanaki Nations, are the four American Indian tribes recognized by the federal government in Maine.

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