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Gambling Control Division

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The Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana through the Gambling Control Division except for sports betting, the Montana Lottery, and horse racing.

The legislature has charged the Division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.


 Online portal to government services.

 VGM and Tier I resources.

Gambling licensure and how to get there

 Email information and updates

Department of Justice’s Gambling Control Division Forms

Good questions, accurate answers

Montana laws pertaining to gambling: MCA & ARM

Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Forms

Report suspicious activities

Poker Rules

Informational tutorials

 Reports, list of licensees, etc.

GCD does not regulate

Sports Betting | Lottery | Horse Racing

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The Division also serves as a point of contact for some alcoholic beverage applications. Montana law mandates strict regulation. Division staff seek to balance this requirement with providing responsive service to the businesses and citizens we regulate.

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Under Montana law, businesses must have an alcoholic beverage license before they can conduct certain gambling activities:

  • live card games,

  • sports pool boards, and

  • video gambling machines.

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