Montana is one of the more progressive states when it comes to USA gambling laws, with several legal and legislated forms available.
Written into Montana legislation are exemptions for poker, keno, bingo and video gambling machines, while sports betting was officially legalised in 2019.
Other legal forms of live gambling include raffles, bingo, keno, panguingue, poker and shake-a-day. Sports pools, fantasy sports leagues and sports TAB games are also legal.
Note: You must be at least 18 years old to gamble in Montana
Sports betting in Montana
Montana was one of four US states that had existing sports betting laws grandfathered in when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 (PASPA) came into effect. Even so, it would be several decades before the state exercised its right to issue sportsbook licences.
The removal of PASPA from federal legislation has seen a number of states legalise sports betting since May 2018. Montana joined the hunt about 12 months in when Governor Steve Bullock signed HB 725 into law.
Unlike other sports betting bills that allow for multiple operators, the Montana model sees Intralot granted an exclusive seven-year licence to run the state’s sports betting industry.
Online casinos in Montana
Online casinos are banned in Montana with no regulated sites accepting players from here. This is enforced in legislation where it clearly says offshore sites are also illegal.
Having said that most of the popular offshore casino sites like BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag still accept players from here.
No individual has been charged in Montana for playing at an offshore casino, but it definitely could be a risk to play at these sites if officials decide to clamp down.
If you decide to play at an offshore online casino you will more than likely find it will be powered by Real Time Gaming software. This is because many of the biggest software platforms don’t operate in Montana because of the lack of regulation.
Fantasy sports surround most sports leagues in the USA, but unfortunately for Montana it is one of the few states that has outlawed sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings.
The only Fantasy Sports legally available are the Montana Lottery’s pay to play fantasy football and racing contests.
There was some talk about legislation passing to allow Fantasy Sports in early 2017, but this has cooled.
Fantasy Sports are usually a league where participants pay an entry fee and possibly an administration fee to enter.
Each team in the league then chooses a team made up of random players from the sport, for instance the league might be based around the NBA, NFL or MLB.
In Montana’s legislation it states: “It is unlawful to wager on a fantasy sports league by telephone or by the internet.”
Horse racing in Montana (parimutuel betting)
Montana is home to MetraPark and Yellowstone Downs race tracks, which both are well-known tracks in the USA.
Wagering on horse racing is legal via pari mutuel betting on-course.
Montana residents can also wager at nominated off-course betting hubs.
Dehler’s Hand Casino
603 24th Street West (Corner of Broadwater & 24th Street)
Billings, MT 59104
Halftime Sports Bar
1199 Northwest Bypass
Great Falls, Montana 59404
Scotty’s Bar & Steakhouse
2205 US Highway 93 South
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Golden Spur Casino
1014 South Haynes Avenue
Miles City, Montana 59301
Katie O’Keefe’s Casino
2100 Stephens Avenue, # 11
Missoula, Montana 59801
Card Games Act – Poker
Montana has legalised poker via the Card Games Act. This means games authorized include bridge, cribbage, hearts, panguingue, pinochle, pitch, rummy, solo and whisk are also legal.
However online poker is still not legal, although the Department Of Justice is on record saying it’s not illegal. Which means if you arse based in Montana you are free to play online poker at offshore site.
Several or our favourites include Intertops and BetOnline.
How to deposit at gambling sites from Montana
It is troublesome to say the least to deposit money into a real money gambling account from Montana. A lot of popular options like e-Wallets are not supported in Montana because of the laws.
This means you are left with credit cards but even these can be hit and miss, with banks blocking your transaction and black listing your account for future gambling transactions.
Several alternatives include burgeoning crypto currency bitcoin and pre-paid cards, like Visas. After you have signed up at the site it’s worth checking with customer service to see what cards are currently being accepted.
Gambling laws in Montana
Gambling laws in Montana are covered by the Parks, Recreation, Sports and Gambling department.
They have power over parks, recreation, horse racing, athletics & boxing, amusement games, state lottery and of course gambling.