Where Can I Bet on Sports Online From Montana

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Gilbert Horowitz
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The Montana Governor signed off on sports betting legislation to make the state the 10th in the US outside of Nevada to offer this activity from businesses based within its borders.  Online sports betting will only be available from offshore sportsbooks

Sports Betting in Montana

With sports betting now legalized in Montana, sportsbook kiosks operating from the state will only be based out of taverns and kiosks.  While mobile wagering will be available, one can only place bets within these establishments.  Away from the desigated taverns and kiosks,  sports bets can be placed via one's mobile devices with offshore sportsbooks accessible to those living in Montana.

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Nevada had been the only state offering full service sportsbooks prior to last May when the US Supreme Court reversed decades of prohibition against the activity.

It will be up to individual states to determine whether sports gambling should be legalized.

Montana was among a handful of states (along with Nevada, Oregon and Delaware) that had been exempt from The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.  The state already had a specific sports betting law on the books.

Gov. Steve Bullock signed off on a bill that will allow the designated taverns to offer bets on sports.

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What Companies Benefit

Intralot entered into an exclusive 7-year deal with the Montana Lottery to oversee all sports betting businesses run from the state.

The project entails a technology upgrade including new technologically advanced gaming equipment, software and related services with significant emphasis placed on increasing sales through the development and implementation of customized and innovative marketing and promotional programs.

INTRALOT will install its LOTOS™ O/S On-line and Instant Gaming Computer System on the IBM AIX platform and provide the Lottery with a minimum of 750 of its CORONIS full-function, high-end compact terminals for retailer locations across the state. In addition, INTRALOT will be installing a state-of-the-art satellite network to link retailer terminals to the central system.

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INTRALOT Inc. has already leased central site space in Helena and has staffed the project with highly qualified and experienced personnel who will be working closely with the Lottery.

George Parisot, Director of the Montana Lottery, stated “We are pleased to have INTRALOT as our on-line and instant system vendor.  We were impressed not only with the advanced technology they could offer the Montana Lottery and its retailers, but also the depth of experience and high level of commitment shown by their staff.  I look forward to working with them on a long and successful partnership to implement plans and programs that will benefit the citizens of Montana.”

INTRALOT S.A. CEO, Mr Constantinos Antonopoulos said : “We are very pleased to have signed this contract with Montana Lottery, which, following the Nebraska successful operation, confirms and strengthens our position in the US market”. Tom Little, President and CEO of INTRALOT, Inc., stated that, “We are extremely pleased to implement another one of the company’s numerous combined On-Line and Instant Gaming Systems in the United States, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Montana Lottery.”

9th or 10th State to Legalize Sports Betting?

The Montana law became effective immediately, and supporters expect to move quickly to get the system operating. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Ryan Lynch, said the goal is to have it running by the start of football season in September.

"It's a good day for Montana to be able to see sports betting in the marketplace,'' Lynch said. "I think Montanans will enjoy the new aspect of watching sports for entertainment as well as betting on it.''

Gambling911.com has reported that Tennessee became the 9th state to legalize sports betting just days before Montana.  While this won't become official until mid-May, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has already declared he will not be vetoing the measure despite his objections to it.  Lee will also not be signing the bill into law, however, the legislation automatically passes without a veto or a lack of signature after sailing through both the state house and senate.

These states have already legalized sportsbooks to run from within their borders, each with varying rules.

New Jersey
West Virginia
Rhode Island

New Mexico - Tribes began operating a sportsbook without amending state law

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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