Maine has two casinos and one Indian bingo hall.
Penobscot High Stakes Bingo (info)
6 River Road
Old Town, ME 04468
Located on Indian Island, Old Town
Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway (info)
500 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Oxford Casino (info)
777 Casino Way
Oxford, Maine 04270
April 10, 2018
A proposed casino project by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been rejected by the Maine House of Representatives. The lawmakers voted 73 to 67 against the proposed plan.
Democratic lawmakers provided 53 of the 67 votes in favor of the casino.
Rep. Henry John Bear is a non-voting member for the tribe and introduced House Order 58. He had asked the state's Supreme Judicial Court official opinion for tribal gaming.
There are currently four federally recognized tribes in Maine. As of now, there is no law in the state that allows for Native American tribes to operate table games or slot machines on their reservation land.
Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes with federal recognition are allowed to operate bingo, pull tabs, and punch boards games. These types of games fall under the Class I and Class II gaming license. Las Vegas style gaming is not allowed unless there is approval from the state.
The Houlton Band wish to build a casino in order to provide better economic opportunities for the tribe.
Last year a bill was introduced by Sen. Benjamin Collings from Portland. The bill would have allowed for the creation of gaming compacts between the tribes and the state. The Native American owned casinos would have the opportunity to operate both table games and up to 1,500 slot machines.
However, the bill did not receive the needed support to progress on. As of now it is at a stand still.
This may be due to the casino opposition by residents. Last year a casino was proposed for York County. Less than 17 percent of voters gave approval. Overall residents in Maine do not approve casino projects. Constituents have made their concerns known to state lawmakers.
There are two casinos in Maine. They are Oxford Casino and Hollywood Casino Bangor. Table games are taxed at 16 percent at both casinos. The tax rate on slot machines is 46 percent at Oxford and 39 percent at Hollywood.
Last year Oxford paid over $34.4 million in taxes to the state. Hollywood paid $16 million in taxes.
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12.23.2014 Hollywood Casino
Bangor to Operate 24 hours Daily
12.01.2014 Maine to Consider Adding Additional Casinos
11.19.2014 ME Casinos Create 1,500 New Jobs
09.03.2014 Report Shows Maine Could Support New Casinos
03.07.2014 Tribal Communities of Maine to Develop Casinos
says No to 5 Casino Plan
09.20.2011 Oxford Casino Development partners with Silverton Casino
05.23.2011 Oxfords New Casino Project is Moving Forward
05.06.2011 State Lawmakers Vote No on New Casinos
04.07.2011 Hollywood Slots may be adding Table Games
11.03.2010 Voters narrowly
approve casino in Maine
09.19.2010 Maine will vote on Oxford County casino again
03.02.2010 Tribes propose Indian casino in Calais
02.22.2010 Oxford County casino proposal qualifies for November ballot
11.30.2009 99,000 signatures
collected for Maine casino
10.28.2009 Casino group to begin collecting signatures
06.03.2009 Lawmakers kill casino proposal for Oxford County
03.31.2009 Bill would allow more slots in Maine
02.20.2009 Two new casino bills introduced in legislature
11.05.2008 Voters reject casino
in Oxford County
10.14.2008 Passamaquoddy Tribe watch casino vote
10.09.2008 Voters will soon decide on new casino
10.01.2008 Oxford Highlands Resort-Spa-Casino
07.07.2008 Hollywood Slots moves to new home
04.16.2008 Penobscot Expansion Bill goes to Governor
04.03.2008 Casino Initiative will proceed to November Ballot
04.01.2008 House Votes for 100 Tribal Slots
03.26.2008 House Will Vote on 400 Slots for the Penobscot Nation
02.28.2008 Oxford County Casino Proposal Qualifies for Nov Ballot
02.06.2008 Penobscot Nation Wants to Add 400 Slots at Indian Island
11.20.2007 Casino Referendums Proposed for Maine Ballots in 2008 & 2009