Maine Casinos and Gambling

Gambling in the state of Maine is mostly centered on the race track industry but they do have a few casinos. I’ve included short overviews of the main gambling establishments in the state as well as bingo, poker, and lottery details.

Casino type gambling is fairly new in Maine, with the first slot machines being put into play in 2005 after being legalized in 2004. Hollywood Casino (then known as Hollywood Slots) was the first establishment in the state of Maine to offer slot machines and other casino games.

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Oxford Casino – Located in Oxford, Maine, the Oxford Casino offers 35,000 square feet of gambling space. The casino includes over 850 slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, mini baccarat, three card poker, big 6 wheel, ultimate Texas holdem, Mississippi stud poker, Spanish 21, and high card flush.

Penobscot Bingo – Penobscot High Stakes Bingo is an Indian Gaming operation that was started in 1973. The facility is located in Old Town, Maine and offers pull tabs, coin boards, and of course bingo. The gaming space at Penobscot is over 26,000 square feet.

Maine Race Tracks

Maine currently is the home to over 10 horse tracks, making it one of the most popular horse racing states in the country. Harness races have been run continually since the early 1950’s and any track that conducts at least 150 live races over the course of the prior two years is legally allowed to offer interstate simulcast racing.

Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway – Located in Bangor, the Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway offers over 10,000 square feet of gambling space including 1,000 slot machines, four poke tables, roulette, craps, blackjack, and Mississippi stud poker. The property also has a hotel with 150 rooms and of course horse races.

Along with the Oxford Casino listed above, the Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway is the only other establishment to operate as a casino in the state. The other listings below just offer horse racing.

Windsor Fairgrounds – Windsor Fairgrounds is a horse race track located in Windsor, Maine.

Union Fairgrounds – Union Fairgrounds is a horse track located in Union, Maine.

Topsham Fairgrounds – Topsham Fairgrounds is a horse race track located in Topsham, Maine.

Skowhegan State Fairgrounds – Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, located in Skowhegan, Maine, is a horse racing facility and track.

Scarborough Downs – Scarborough Downs is located in Scarborough, Maine and offers harness racing. The property includes a bar, two lounges, and a restaurant.

Northern Maine Fairgrounds – Located in Presque Isle, Maine, the Northern Maine Fairgrounds is a horse race track.

Oxford Fairgrounds – The Oxford Fairgrounds offer a horse track in Oxford, Maine. Though it shares the same city, the Oxford Fairgrounds horse track is not associated with the Oxford Casino listed in the first section above.

Fryeburg Fairgrounds – The Fryeburg Fairgrounds is located in Fryeburg, Maine and has a horse racing track.

Farmington Fairgrounds – Farmington Fairgrounds is a horse race track located in Farmington, Maine.

Cumberland Fairgrounds – Cumberland Fairgrounds is a horse track located in Cumberland Center, Maine.

Lottery

Residents of Maine have a wide range of lottery options. The state runs their own lottery offering draw games and instant tickets and they also sell the multiple state lottery tickets for the Powerball and Mega Millions. The Maine lottery sold their first tickets in 1974 and has been selling lottery tickets continuously since then.

Maine Poker

Maine doesn’t have any legal standalone poker rooms in the state. The only poker room I’m aware of is at the Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway, and it only has a few tables. I’m sure you can find home games and underground games around the larger cities, just like in every other state, but these all come with a few drawbacks.

Even though most states don’t spend a great deal of time trying to bust up poker games, it is an illegal activity and can land you in hot water if you’re caught. The other thing you need to think about is the safety of the game and the fact that if the game isn’t regulated who can you turn to if you get cheated or taken advantage of?

Sports Betting in Maine

Maine doesn’t have any legal form of sports betting anywhere in the state. You can’t legally place a bet on sports at any of the casinos or race tracks in the state or with a local book maker.

Maine Bingo

Maine allows some charitable organizations to conduct bingo and beano games. Beano is one of the older names for a game of bingo, so for most purposes the two terms mean the same thing.

Organizations must apply for and receive a license from the state before conducting beano or bingo games. The following organizations may apply for a license.

• Veteran’s clubs and organizations
• Religious groups
• Fraternal groups
• Educational groups
• Civic organizations
• Fire departments
• Political groups
• Agricultural groups

All organizations must operate as a nonprofit business and have been in existence for at least two years.

The state has considered legalizing other forms of charitable gaming, including poker tournaments and poker nights, but haven’t passed anything into law at this time.

The laws are specific about how the organization must use any proceeds from charitable gaming and what percentage must go toward charitable endeavors.

The Native American Indian bingo hall listed in the first section above doesn’t operate under the same regulations as charitable gaming. Like in most states with a Native American Indian population, the laws are different for them than any other people or business located in the state.

Slot Machine Ownership

Maine residents may legally own slot machines. Unlike many states, in Maine you can own machines manufactured in any year, not just antiques. Slot machines may only be used for personal entertainment and display in collections, not for any form of gambling or commercial use.

Conclusion

Maine is not one of the most popular destinations for people looking for a place to gamble, but they do have a couple casinos and a horse racing industry. The state also offers a lottery and charitable bingo games in most cities.

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