Online Gambling in Montana

Sports

Not legal

Casinos

Not legal

Poker

Not legal

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Montana Daily Fantasy
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Are you ready to be confused once more? Daily fantasy in Montana is legal, but only when played socially, in leagues where there is no cash prize, or run under pari-mutuel conditions.

Regulations governing Montana daily fantasy confirm that it is illegal to wager on a DFS league by phone or on the internet, and that is why the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel don’t operate in the state.

Sports Betting in Montana
Not Legal

The main racetrack in Montana is the famous Yellowstone Downs, which has been around for more than 75 years. It is here that sports betting in Montana is legal; both on the live races at the venue and the simulcast of other tracks across the US.

As of 2018, there were no plans to introduce wider Montana sports betting despite the fact that the state had a limited exemption under PASPA; they have simply chosen not to allow sports gambling.

Online Casino Gambling in Montana
Not Legal

Section 9 of the Montana Constitution prohibits gambling “… unless authorized by acts of the legislature or by the people through initiative or referendum.” So, while some forms of betting have been legalized, currently there is no legislation that allows online gambling in Montana. Section 23-5-112, subsection 20(a) also states that Montana online gambling is a crime “when using paper money, paper checks, e-checks and similar options.”

Montana Poker Online
Not Legal

Many people get confused about the laws regarding online poker in Montana.

Poker is legal, but only when played in conjunction with a registered charity. Prizes are minimal in size, and there are stringent rules about how long games can last. As far as Montana online poker is concerned—just as with other online gambling—it is seriously frowned upon as it is illegal in Big Sky Country.

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Gambling in Montana

When it comes to land-based gambling in Montana, there are stacks of options available to players. But as for Montana online casinos, state lawmakers have made it clear that internet betting in any form will not be tolerated.

So, you can enjoy casino games, slots and poker at licensed premises across the state. In addition, video gaming machines are found in numerous bars and restaurants across Montana, and are one of the state’s most profitable forms of tax revenue with more than $60 million generated each year.

Poker can be enjoyed in bars, and there are a number of poker-oriented venues, with an emphasis on charitable gaming. You can also play the state lottery in Montana, which is among the oldest in the country.

As for sports betting, Montana is behind the curve. Though it was one of four states with an exemption under the old Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), by and large, they have so far failed to capitalize on this, with only limited horse racing betting available.

Gambling legislation in Montana dates back more than a century, and there have been plenty of changes since. There have been positives and negatives, but Montana is arguably one of the most relaxed states when it comes to betting - though that's not the case when it comes to the internet.

Timeline of Gambling Legislation in Montana

2016
1 of 15

Buffalo Rivers Casino & Lodge opens its doors for the first time.

2003
2 of 15

A proposal to build a Destination Montana resort is defeated in the House.

1995
3 of 15

The latest proposal, House Bill 527, is passed. This increases the payout on video poker machines to a maximum of $800.

1989
4 of 15

The Senate Bill 431 is passed. This centralizes gambling control at the state, rather than county, level.

1986
5 of 15

Nearly 3,000 video poker licenses are issued, and voters approve the Montana Lottery.

1985
6 of 15

The Video Poker Machine Act overturns the judgment of the previous year, allowing five machines and unlimited keno games per liquor license.

1984
7 of 15

Video poker machines are outlawed using the same legislation that prohibits slot games.

1982
8 of 15

The proposed Initiative 92, which would have allowed individual counties to legalize certain forms of gambling, is voted down.

1973
9 of 15

The Card Game, Bingo, Raffles and Sports Pool Act is passed.

1972
10 of 15

A Constitutional Convention referendum hands voters the authority to approve or disprove gambling in Montana.

1950
11 of 15

A proposal to legalize gambling is outvoted. Slot machines are declared illegal under the state constitution by the Montana Supreme Court.

1945
12 of 15

The State Board of Equalization authorizes “trade stimulators”, including slot machines, as long as tax on revenue is collected.

1937
13 of 15

The so-called Hickey Act legalizes table games in various licensed premises.

1933
14 of 15

This prohibition is overturned, and gambling venues begin to reopen.

1889
15 of 15

The new constitution of Montana makes all forms of gambling illegal.

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