Yet one other state has joined the ranks of these permitting sports activities betting, and one other can also be contemplating getting on board. Sports betting formally went stay in Maine on Friday, whereas Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt® introduced plans to carry wagering to the Sooner State as nicely.
In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a sports activities betting invoice into legislation in May 2022. The legislation permits the Pine Tree State’s 4 tribes to supply on-line and cell sports activities betting. Major betting operators like DraftKings, Caesars, and different operators have already partnered with tribes within the state to supply Maine sports activities followers a betting choice.
“Maine sports fans deserve an elevated sports wagering experience that matches the pedigree of sports fandom in New England,” Caesars Digital President Eric Hession stated.
The addition of Maine brings the variety of states with stay, authorized sports activities betting (retail and on-line) to 36, together with Washington D.C. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico additionally permits stay and on-line wagering.
Vermont has additionally legalized however remains to be within the regulation course of. Florida’s Seminole tribe can also be launching stay sports activities betting in December, however holding off on cell wagering as authorized wranglings on that situation proceed on the state degree regardless of a positive current Supreme Court ruling.
In Oklahoma, Stitt is hoping to carry wagering to his state’s casinos as nicely. His workplace launched a plan final week that included a 15% tax on in-person betting and 20% on cell wagering. All betting can be allowed through the state’s tribes “pursuant to a state-tribal compact.”
Operators would pay an preliminary payment of $500,000 for a license plus an annual payment of $100,000. The plan locations some limits on wagering, together with barring prop bets on faculty athletes and video games. The state’s quite a few casinos face competitors from different sports activities betting states surrounding it, together with Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Passage of the Oklahoma proposal isn’t a positive factor, nevertheless. A sports activities betting plan did not go the legislature within the spring.