Montana Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Montana

The Treasure State became the first state in 2019 to legalize sports betting when Gov. Steve Bullock signed bill H275 into law. Montana became the ninth state with legalized sports betting.

There was actually a second bill, S330, that had reached Bullock’s desk, but he vetoed that measure in the interest of adopting a single-entity sports betting model for the time being. Under H275, the state’s lottery will run the sportsbook operation for the next seven years.

What still needs to happen?

Now that the bill has become law, efforts to reportedly have sports betting running at kiosks in licensed bars and restaurants and on mobile by the start of next NFL season in September will begin in earnest.

Projected Montana sports betting launch date

The plan is to have legal sports betting up and running by the beginning of the 2019 football season in September.

Montana Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Montana?

Yes. Sports betting became officially legal in Montana on Friday, May 3, 2019 when Governor Steve Bullock signed H275 into law. The bill designates the state’s lottery as the manager of a state sportsbook for the next seven years and enables licensed bars and restaurants to implement sports betting kiosks. Additionally, the bill allows for mobile betting through the state’s sportsbook as well.

Can I bet online on my phone in Montana?

Not at present, but mobile betting is authorized through the bill just signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock and is expected to be available in time for the start of NFL season in mid-September.

When will sports betting be legal in Montana?

Sports betting is officially legal in Montana as of Friday, May 3rd, 2019, the date Governor Steve Bullock signed bill H275 into law. However, betting kiosks and mobile wagering aren’t expected to be available for several months.

Is any gambling legal in Montana?

Sports betting is officially legal in Montana as of Friday, May 3rd, 2019, the date Governor Steve Bullock signed bill H275 into law. However, betting kiosks and mobile wagering aren’t expected to be available for several months.

Additionally, there are other forms of limited legalized gambling in Montana. Poker, keno, bingo and video line gambling machines are legal, with a maximum $2 bet and $800 payout. Legal live games include raffles, bingo, keno, panguine and shake-a-day.

Moreover, sports pools, fantasy sports games and sports tab games are peer-to-peer forms of gaming that are also legal in Montana.

What is the legal gambling age in Montana?

The legal age to gamble in Montana is currently 18.

Is Bovada legal in Montana?

Bovada is an unregulated, offshore sportsbook. As such, it is not legal in Montana or anywhere in the continental United States.

Recent Montana News

One Year After PASPA Repeal, Sports Betting Legislation Appears In More Than 75% Of US

May 14, 2019

US Supreme Court decision to overturn PASPA opened up the floodgates for sports betting legislation, making it one of the key policy issues at state level.

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Montana Sports Betting Improbably First To The Finish Line In 2019

May 3, 2019

Montana sports betting officially became legal Friday when Gov. Steve Bullock signed one of two passed bills on the topic. H 725 received Bullock's signature and made Montana the ninth state with a US sports betting operation.

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Two Montana Sports Betting Bills Reach Governor’s Desk

April 17, 2019

Gov. Steve Bullock could find two Montana sports betting bills among the Easter eggs on his desk next week. With the sponsors supporting each other’s bills for passage, S 330 and H 725 are poised to get final legislative approval this week.

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