Introduction to Montana Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Montana slot machine casino gambling consists of eight tribal casinos with Class II and Class III video games along with video gaming machines (VGMs) at bars, taverns, and other retailers with an alcohol license.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Montana
The minimum legal gambling age in Montana does not depend upon the gambling activity:
- Casinos: 18
- Poker Rooms: 18
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Commercial businesses must have an alcoholic beverages license to have up to 20 video gaming machines (VGM). Most retailers are bars and taverns, but may also be laundry mats, truck stops, and other small businesses.
The maximum bet on VGMs is $2 while the maximum payout is $800. Montana collects a 15% tax on business income from retailers for their video gaming machines.
Each state-tribal gaming compact describes:
- How many machines each tribal casino can offer.
- Whether they will have Class II bingo-style games-of-skill or Class III Vegas-style games-of-chance gaming machines.
- Maximum bet and maximum award limits.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Montana
Slot machines can be owned in Montana privately if they are at least 30 years old.
Gaming Control Board in Montana
Montana’s gaming control board is its Gambling Control Division within the Montana Department of Justice. Further, Montana has a Gaming Advisory Council (GAC) which also reports to the Justice Department.
The GAC advises the state legislature on public policy matters related to gaming every two years with its Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Biennial Report.
As a resource, the Montana Department of Justice maintains the interesting History of Gambling in Montana.
Casinos in Montana
There are eight American Indian tribal casinos and more than 1,400 bars, taverns, and other retailers with a liquor license offering more than 16,000 video gaming machines in Montana.
The largest casino in Montana is Gray Wolf Peak Casino.
The second-largest casino is Glacier Peaks Hotel & Casino.
Commercial Casinos in Montana
Each licensed commercial retailer with video gaming machines (VGMs) can have up to a maximum of 20 VGMs, although some may have only a single video gaming machine.
Tribal Casinos in Montana
Montana has eight tribal casinos:
- Charging Horse Casino, Bingo and Restaurant in Lame Deer, 342 miles east of Helena.
- Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, 46 miles west of Malta.
- Glacier Peaks Hotel & Casino in Browning, 126 miles northwest of Great Falls.
- Gray Wolf Peak Casino in Missoula, 113 miles west of Helena.
- KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino in Polson, 182 miles northwest of Helena.
- Northern Winz Hotel & Casino in Box Elder, 89 miles northeast of Great Falls.
- Northern Winz II Casino in Box Elder, 89 miles northeast of Great Falls.
- Silverwolf Casino in Wolf Point, 320 miles east of Great Falls.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Montana slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Montana is:
- North: Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan
- East: North Dakota Slots and South Dakota Slots
- South: Wyoming Slots
- West: Idaho Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Montana.
Our Montana Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Montana? If so, join our Montana slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Montana. Join us!
Payouts and Returns in Montana
VGMs in Montana’s bars and taverns have a minimum theoretical payout limit of 80% for video slot machines, video bingo, video keno, and video poker. Further, video slot machines have a maximum theoretical payout limit of 92%.
No limits on payout returns have been set for Montana tribes, with one slight exception. The Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation have their negotiated tribal-state compact which states that slot machines designed and developed for exclusive use by the tribe do not have legal minimum and maximum payout return limits. However, game themes used in other gaming jurisdictions must have the same maximum theoretical payout return limit of 92% for video slots in Montana’s commercial bars and taverns.
Actual return statistics for gaming machines in Montana, whether commercial or tribal, are not publicly available.
Summary of Montana Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Montana slot machine casino gambling consists of eight tribal casinos in addition to over 1,400 small business retailers collectively having more than 16,000 video slots, video keno, video bingo, and video poker gaming machines.
Annual Progress in Montana Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, there has been little change in the slots gaming industry in Montana.
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