Montana Sports Wagering Laws
The state has offered sports tab and sports pool wagers (which are more akin to bingo and lottery games than actual sports betting) for the better part of 30 years. This was the only form of betting that was permitted at the time, due to an anti-sports betting federal law known as PASPA. At the time, it only allowed a handful of states to keep their sports betting laws intact before making it unaccepted throughout the remainder of the country. Montana was one of these states but was stuck offering these options, until PASPA was repealed in May of 2018.
Single-game – aka “Vegas-style” – sports betting was able to make its way into Montana after the law was overturned by the Supreme Court. Now that PASPA is gone, legislators were able to introduce three sports betting bills during the 2019 legislative session. Two of those measures made their way to the governor; however, it only took one to make sports betting legal in Montana.
The Legality Of Sports Betting In Montana
In spring of 2019, legislators approved MT HB 725 which allows for the lottery to oversee a legal sports betting industry. Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ryan Lynch, the bill was able to pass quite favorable in both the House and Senate before being signed into law by Governor Bullock.
Under this measure, single-game betting became widely available throughout the state. Those who are 18 years or older are able to participate and betting on professional sports as well as collegiate sports is available to players. Parlays, straight bets, futures, prop bets – there are no regulations against any of these styles of wagers, which makes sports betting in Montana quite exciting.
Where To Legally Wager On Sports In Montana
The venues that support sports betting in Montana are the same licensed facilities that allow for other forms of gambling. Whether using a tribal casino or a lottery retailer, you will be able to find betting options all throughout the state. Also, the lottery has implemented a sports betting online platform that you can get started betting on, as long as you are physically located within state lines.
If you are a person who likes to travel a lot or find yourself wanting to explore more betting lines, you can also find options through online sports betting sites. These legal betting sites offer a variety of teams and leagues to wager on while always keeping you in your legal right to wager. Just make sure the site is located offshore and is licensed by their home country.
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Legal Age To Bet On Sports In Montana
In Montana, you only have to be 18 to bet on sports. Unlike many other states that require an age of 21 to gamble at Class II or III casinos, card rooms, or electronic gaming kiosks, Montana is one of the few states that only require an age of 18. Keep in mind that if you venture to another state and still use your online sportsbook account, you will have to abide by that state’s gambling age.
Montana Sports Betting FAQ's
Will I Go To Jail For Betting On Sports In Montana?
No. It is not against the law to wager on sports in Montana, so there is no reason you would ever be arrested or fined for doing so. Offshore sportsbooks are safe and secure to use for all Montana residents aged 18 and older. Legality notwithstanding, using local black market bookies is definitely not recommended.
How Can I Deposit Money Into My Account If My Credit Or Debit Card Is Rejected?
If you try to deposit money into your offshore sportsbook of choice and find that the debit or credit transaction is blocked, don’t worry. Your card still works, and you simply need to use a different card or payment method. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are recommended above all, but most sites offer a number of deposit options.
What Sports Can I Bet On At Montana Betting Sites?
You can wager on pretty much any sport you can think of when you use an offshore sportsbook to place your bets. These sites carry NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, golf, tennis, soccer, rugby, cricket, and combat sports options, just to name a few.
Do Montana Sportsbooks Offer Mobile Sports Betting Apps?
Sort of. Instead of apps that you download from the App Store or Google Play, online sportsbooks have made mobile-optimized website portals that offer a full desktop experience in the palm of your hand. These sports betting “web apps” are accessible through your iPhone or Android browser, and there is no need to ever download or update anything.
What Is Live Betting?
Live betting, also commonly called in-game betting, is a new development that allows bettors to put money on dynamic odds that update in real-time during the games themselves. This way, you can bet on any aspect of the game as the game unfolds, making it the most immersive way to wager. All the best offshore Montana sportsbooks offer live betting via their mobile portals, too.
Can I Use Multiple Online Sportsbook Accounts In Montana?
You can and you should. Having accounts across several books is the best way to quickly and conveniently shop lines and maximize your potential payouts. Just make sure that you only register a single account at any given site, as duplicate accounts violate their TOS and will cause you to be permanently banned.
Montana Horse Racing Betting
In Montana, horse racing and horse racing betting (pari-mutuel betting) are legal, though there aren’t any formal tracks in the state. Instead, the horseplaying industry in MT is primarily predicated on simulcast betting at off-track betting (OTB) sites. There are approximately 1500 licensed locations offering horse racing betting terminals and services throughout the state. You can find all of the Montana Code’s horse racing betting rules and regulations in § 23-4, and you can get up to speed on the current state of the industry here.
For fans of the ponies who actually want to see live racing, there isn’t much to choose from. That said, Montana usually has a few days of horse racing featured at one (or both) of its major annual fairs. During the Montana State Fair in late summer, “Montana Downs” is sometimes operational at the Montana Expo Park in Great Falls. The Montana Fair Billings also occasionally offers horse racing action, though this is not assured every year. (Though it isn’t horse racing, Montana hosts the renowned Miles City Bucking Horse Sale – the “Cowboy Mardi Gras” – every year in mid-May.)
Daily Fantasy Sports Options In Montana
Daily fantasy sports – aka DFS – is considered illegal in Montana, and none of the large operators will accept players from the state. Because DFS companies like FanDuel and DraftKings use geo-fencing technology to make sure their customers are physically located in states they serve, even someone from a state where DFS is legal will not be able to access or adjust their lineups while visiting Montana. This is likely a major consideration for a large number of potential visitors to the state, given how immensely popular DFS is.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much interest in the MT legislature to legalize or authorize DFS any time soon, either. Because offshore sportsbooks do not offer DFS products, this is basically the one type of mainstream gambling that you simply cannot easily access in the state. Hopefully, the MT state government will recognize that DFS is a product that their residents want and legalize it within the next couple of years (though movement towards that in 2019 is already off the table). In the meantime, major operators like the aforementioned do allow MT residents to sign up and play DFS contests for fun, with no money allowed. Given that daily fantasy sports should be available in Montana sometime in the medium term future, this will at least allow you to get a season or two of practice under your belt.