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 January 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., the Department of Justice will hold a public hearing in the conference room of the Gambling Control Division, 2550 Prospect Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed adoption, amendment, and repeal of rules pertaining to authorization and regulation of 50/50 raffles and 50/50 raffle electronic processing systems, to definitions, grounds for denial of a license, cross-references to alcoholic beverages licenses, credit play, administrative procedure, card dealer licensure, and raffles, and the repeal of ARM 23.16.410 and 23.16.411 pertaining to card dealer licensure. See MAR Notice No. 23-16-256

On August 10, 2018, the Department of Justice published MAR Notice No. 23-16-255 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment and repeal of rules pertaining to: Video Gambling Machine Malfunctions, Cash Ticket Validation Systems, Definitions, Video Gambling Machine (VGM) Specifications, Electronic Live Bingo and Keno Equipment Specifications at page 1481 of the 2018 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 15.

On October 05, 2018 the Department published this rules response in the Montana Administrative Register. The effective date for the adopted rules stated in MAR Notice 23-16-255 is October 06, 2018.

Click the following to review the rules response.