Introduction to Maine Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Maine slot machine casino gambling consists of two pari-mutuel racetracks with slot machines. Bingo is available throughout the state.
A minimum theoretical payout limit exists and return statistics are available by casino.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Maine*
The minimum legal gambling age in Maine depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 16
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
In 2003, Maine offered a referendum to its voters to approve slot machines at racetracks. The residents of Bangor approved it, but residents of the city of Scarborough did not. To this day, the racetrack in Scarborough still does not offer slot machines.
In 2010, voters in the town of Oxford approved slot machines for their casino. The next year, the casino in the city of Bangor approved table games.
Maine’s legal rights with regards to tribal gaming are unusual relative to other states. The application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 does not apply due to the prior Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. Therefore, gaming on tribal land in Maine is subject to state law rather than the federal IGRA.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Maine
In Maine, it is legal to own a slot machine privately without regard to its date of manufacturer.
Gaming Control Board in Maine
Maine’s gaming control commission is its Gambling Control Unit.
Casinos in Maine
There are two non-tribal casinos in Maine, both racetracks with slot machines.
The largest casino in Maine is Oxford Casino Hotel with nearly 1,000 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino, and only other casino in Maine, is Hollywood Casino Bangor with 724 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Maine
Maine’s two racetracks with slot machines are:
- Hollywood Casino Bangor located 136 miles northeast of Portland.
- Oxford Casino Hotel located 46 miles north of Portland.
Tribal Casinos in Maine
Maine has four federally-recognized American Indian tribes. State law permits them to offer high-stakes bingo games without restriction on the size of prizes. However, there are no open tribal casinos in Maine.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Maine slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Maine is:
- Northwest: Quebec, a Province of Canada
- East: New Brunswick, a Province of Canada
- South: Atlantic Ocean
- West: New Hampshire Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Maine.
Our Maine Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Maine? If so, join our new Maine slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in Maine. Join us!
Payout Returns in Maine
Maine law requires payout returns have a minimum of 89% on all electronic gaming machines. There is no maximum legal limit for payout returns. Unusually, this state law requirement applies to any Class II bingo-style gaming machines offered by Maine’s tribes.
These reports offer player win percentage as Average Pay Back % to Players. For January 2020, the casino-specific monthly player win percentages were:
- Hollywood Casino Bangor: 90.66%
- Oxford Casino Hotel: 91.72%
Summary of Maine Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Maine slot machine casino gambling consists of two pari-mutuel wagering racetracks with slot machines. A third racetrack only offers pari-mutuel wagering without slots.
The minimum legal limit for payout returns is 89%. Actual return statistics by casino are available by month except for the most recent month, when they are available weekly.
Annual Progress in Maine Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, there has been little to no change to slot machine gambling in the state of Maine.
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