Montana Online Sports Betting Laws
Online sports betting is now legal in Montana. However, unlike other states which have opened the doors to sports betting, there are strict guidelines that control where and how you can place a wager on the top sporting action.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in Montana?
Yes, Montana sports betting is now legal, but only through one operator – Sports Bet Montana – and only in specific locations.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Montana?
Yes, Montana online sports betting is now permitted but you have to be on licensed premises to wager.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in Montana?
The minimum age for placing sports bets in Montana is 18, unlike the majority of states.
Visit one of the designated locations where you can play the Montana Lottery.
Register as a customer with the lottery.
If you want to bet online, sign up with Sports Bet Montana (the only app available in the state).
Stay on the premises if you want to start betting using the Sports Bet Montana app.
Montana was the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019, the year after PASPA was declared unconstitutional.
However, Montana online betting takes place under conditions that are far more strictly controlled than those in other states where the activity has recently been legalized.
All Montana sports betting takes place through the Montana Lottery and its platform, Sports Bet Montana, which is operated by Intralot. This means you have to go in person to one of approximately 400 kiosks currently installed at a licensed retail location within the state. Note that the Montana lottery expects as many as 2,000 of these locations to be eventually licensed.
You can bet using your mobile device, but you have to be present on the premises to do so. You should also be aware that there is a limit of $250 for bets at a kiosk and $1,000 for wagers placed through the website.
One positive benefit of the severity of these restrictions is that you should feel very safe when betting online in Montana.
You can register for Montana sports betting if you are in one of the licensed locations. You can also deposit and withdraw funds.
You can even set bet limits and create betting slips. However, the actual placement of a sports bet has to take place in person on premises licensed for the purpose.
Sports betting is operated effectively as a monopoly by the Montana Lottery, and that extends to Montana online sports betting too.
Only one app is available, Sports Bet Montana. And although you can have it on your device and administer your account from any location, you must be on the premises of a licensed retail sports betting outlet to actually place a bet.
Yes, they are. In common with other states, if you place sports bets in Montana you should keep a careful note of your winnings and declare them on your annual federal tax return.
Whereas most states insist you need to be at least 21 to bet on sports, the minimum age for sports wagering in Montana is 18.
This stipulation is strictly enforced. Not only must you be in Montana to place a sports bet, you also have to be physically located at a licensed retail sports betting outlet. That even covers online bets. The Sports Bet Montana app will simply not work outside the footprint of one of these outlets.
Montana has not yet authorized wagering on any esports events, and it’s therefore unavailable to residents in Big Sky Country.
No one in Montana can bet on politics. That’s because it is a federal law that licensed sportsbooks may not offer odds on the outcome of political events such as elections.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is hugely popular across the US, but Montana is one of nine states that have specifically banned it.
Despite the fact that Montana sports betting is permitted, DFS operators are not allowed to operate in the state.
It’s interesting to note that the Montana Lottery – which has the monopoly on sports betting in the state – does offer some fantasy football and racing games of its own.
The Grizzlies and the Bobcats both compete at a high level in the NCAAF, and attract plenty of local support. In terms of the NFL, many teams near and far have their supporters in Montana, which means there is always plenty of interest in big football betting action.
The principal provider of measures to support responsible gambling in Montana is the Montana Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG).
The MCPG offers a variety of supportive services, including a 24-hour helpline, public awareness presentations across the state to raise awareness of the potential problems caused by excessive gambling, and also treatment providers who help people on an outpatient basis – you can find a list of them at the council’s website.
The Montana Lottery also takes seriously its duty to encourage responsible gambling. Players are able to set limits on the amounts of money they deposit and wager, and on the time they spend betting on sports.
That’s not all, other services are provided by the Gambling Control Division of the state’s department of justice and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services which is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in the state, and has information on problem gambling.
Furthermore, there are a host of national services that provide support for problem gambling, including:
The National Council on Problem Gambling: The NCPG is a great starting point to discover resources and information which combat and treat compulsive gambling. They also have a national problem gambling helpline, and moderated support forums and groups.
Gamblers Anonymous: A listing of dozens of GA meetings in the state of Montana.
Gam-Anon: Providing information about problem gambling, as well as the financial and emotional effects on the gambler’s families and loved ones.
GamTalk: A supportive community that helps people share their issues and experiences with gambling.
2019 - May
Governor Steve Bullock signs the bill that legalizes sports betting in Montana.
2020 - March
Sports betting goes live, as does the website of Sports Bet Montana.
The only places you can bet on sports in Montana are venues authorized by the Montana Lottery as sales agents. These include bars and taverns. The good news is that there are currently about 400 locations licensed as sales agents across Big Sky Country where sports betting can take place – find the full list here.
You can wager online using the Sports Bet Montana app – but you have to be physically located within a licensed retail sports betting premises to be able to place a wager.
Yes, you can. You can enjoy all the fun and entertainment of sports betting in Big Sky Country. However, you need to be on premises licensed for sports betting, even if you’re wagering online.
There are approximately 400 retail outlets where you can enjoy Montana sports betting. These are locations licensed by the Montana Lottery, which runs all sports betting in the state. You have to be present in person to bet at a kiosk, or through your device using the Sports Bet Montana app.
Sadly, no. Wagering on Daily Fantasy Sports games for real money over the telephone or internet is illegal in Montana. The only real-money betting sites and apps available in Montana are those run by the state lottery.