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Gambling Laws

The Montana Legislature has authorized limited legal 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, panguingue, poker and shake-a-day. Sports pools, fantasy sports leagues and sports tab games are also legal. These are non-banking games in which players bet against and settle with each other rather than betting against and settling with the house.

The legal age for gambling in Montana is 18, with the exception of raffles conducted by churches, schools, charitable and nonprofit organizations. Children under 18 years old may participate in these.

 

Gambling Regulations

The Gambling Control Division has adopted administrative rules to carry out the Montana statutes governing the legal gambling activities it oversees. The rules are enacted under the Administrative Rules of Montana Title 23, Chapter 16, available online through the Secretary of State’s Office.

Administrative Rules Proposed

There are no proposals at this time.

Gambling Laws

The Montana Legislature has authorized limited legal 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, panguingue, poker and shake-a-day. Sports pools, fantasy sports leagues and sports tab games are also legal. These are non-banking games in which players bet against and settle with each other rather than betting against and settling with the house.

The legal age for gambling in Montana is 18, with the exception of raffles conducted by churches, schools, charitable and nonprofit organizations. Children under 18 years old may participate in these.

Gambling Regulations

The Gambling Control Division has adopted administrative rules to carry out the Montana statutes governing the legal gambling activities it oversees. The rules are enacted under the Administrative Rules of Montana Title 23, Chapter 16, available online through the Secretary of State’s Office.

Administrative Rules Proposed

On August 18, 2017, the Department of Justice published MAR Notice No. 23-16-247 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment and repeal rules pertaining to: loans to licensees from institutional and noninstitutional sources, use of checks and debit cards for certain gambling activities, prohibition on use of credit cards for gambling, sports pool wagers, and applications, and fees and issuance of video gambling machine permits at page 1352 of the 2017 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 16.

On October 13, 2017 the Department published this rules response in the Montana Administrative Register. The effective date for the adopted rules stated in MAR Notice 23-16-247 is October 14, 2017.