Montana Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Montana

Montana still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed but there probably won’t be movement for a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 23.4; 23.5; 23.7
Definition of Gambling Risking any money, credit, deposit, check, property, or other thing of value for a gain that is contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, or the operation of a gambling device or gambling enterprise.
Definition of Illegal Gambling Enterprise A gambling enterprise that violates or is not specifically authorized by a statute or a rule of the department. The term includes internet gambling.
Definition of Internet Gambling Conduct of any legal or illegal gambling enterprise through the use of communications technology that allows a person using money, paper checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards, or any other instrumentality to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes, or other similar information.
Definition of Promotional Game of Chance A scheme, by whatever name known, for the disposal or distribution of property among persons who have not paid or are not expected to pay any valuable consideration or who have not purchased or are not expected to purchase any goods or services for a chance to obtain the property, a portion of it, or a share in it.
Legal Online Poker / Internet Gambling Montana legislators have not yet considered any proposals to legalize online poker or any type of online gambling. In fact, state laws were updated in 2005 to specifically prohibit internet gambling.
Live Poker Poker is legal in licensed card rooms throughout the state.
Casinos Native American tribes have compacts under IGRA to operate casinos with slot games and various gaming machines, but there are no table games allowed. There are card rooms and poker parlors open throughout Montana, though, which offer non-house-banked games.
Sports Betting There have been no efforts to legalize and regulate sports betting.
DFS The Montana Lottery offers a restricted type of fantasy football betting, but broad daily fantasy sports legislation is not under consideration.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, bingo, on-track pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, charitable gambling, keno and raffles, keno and video poker machines.