How To Bet On Montana Sports In A Non-Prohibitive Way
After legalizing sports betting, Montana is set to become home to the next most exciting sportsbooks in the nation. The new law passed in June 2018 made sports betting legal in Montana and set the groundwork for the state’s regulators to set up its own sports betting industry. Sportsbooks in Montana can offer a wide range of sportsbook services including football, hockey, basketball, baseball and other professional sports.
The main attraction of sports betting in Montana is the large number of states that now permit sports betting. However, gambling legislation in Montana is still very fresh and many of the pending bills could face steep opposition in the legislature. In anticipation of any potential obstacles, the state’s new regulate, Steve Bilott, has called for an advisory group to come up with recommendations on how to proceed. So, while things are still fluid and there’s no clear roadmap for the upcoming legislative session, here are some issues that should be resolved this year.
First, a major factor that should be resolved by the end of the year is how to tax the states legalized gambling industry. There are six states that currently allow betting: Montana, New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the NCAA’s committee on gambling issues has put forth a proposal that could severely limit the choices of gambling establishments in each of those states. The committee recommended that all states adhere to a uniform system for computing winners and losers which includes setting a limit on the number of entries into a poker tournament and eliminating games that have too many participants.
Many state representatives have criticized the recommendations of the NCAA committee as being too strict and have promised to introduce legislation to eliminate gambling from college sports betting. While there is no promise that gambling will disappear from college sports betting, states that have already legalized sports betting have had success increasing attendance and adding revenue to their universities and colleges. In fact, there are many examples of new and innovative sports betting apps that have been successful at increasing revenue and providing customers with exciting and new ways to wager on their favorite teams and athletes. The trend seems to be moving in that direction with each passing day. If successful, there may be even more regulation of wagering when it comes to high profile games like the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.
Another issue that should be resolved by the end of the year is whether to allow licensed sports betting outlets in Montana. Currently, only three states (Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming) have legalized sports betting in-person. The Montana Supreme Court recently heard an appeal regarding the legality of a bet back in February. The court heard arguments from both sides of the argument. They’ll make a ruling soon and it’s probably a good idea for individuals and sports betting businesses in Montana to start preparing for a legal sports betting climate in the state.
In another case that recently made its way to the Supreme Court, a case was argued about whether gaming bars were allowed to place video poker machines in private locations. There are currently two legal interpretations of the law in Montana. The first opinion sided with the Gaming Commission and ruled that the only circumstance where gambling is appropriate is if the location is being used for gaming purposes. Therefore, a business can’t legally block individuals from using video poker machines in private homes if they so choose. The second interpretation of the law looks at the language of the Montana constitution. The second reading allows a location to be set up for any lawful purpose, not just gaming.
The second interpretation has a bit of a hangover. According to that interpretation, it’s perfectly acceptable to place sports bets on popular sports games in a home, as long as those bets don’t violate the law. However, it’s still a violation of the law to block individuals from using video poker machines in those same establishments for reasons of gambling. In short, this would seem to put everyone in a very tricky situation. If someone puts sports bet on a game, and someone places a bet on that game with those funds, both are violating the law.
Because of these two conflicting interpretations of the law, the state of Montana has placed limits on the types of bets that can be placed on popular sports events and games. If online sports betting website requests a bet to cover an event, they must abide by the restrictions put into place by the state. The problem is that many online sports betting websites don’t know about the state restrictions and choose to place bets based on odds, which aren’t covered. For example, if someone has placed a bet on Montana State to win the football championship in 2007, and that person wants to use an online sportsbook to make that bet, they may be out of luck.