Online gambling on horse races comes to Maine
By Bob Garcia
The state is slowly turning to online gaming is it looks to recover millions in lost revenue from COVID-19
Legal sports betting in Maine might be taking its first step with the recent approval of online betting in horse races. Maine’s Gambling Control Board approved on Thursday afternoon HollywoodRaces.com to offer people to bet on and watch horse racing anywhere in the world, even Bangor Raceway when it can reopen for business. One good thing is that the only real requirement, for those of legal age, to use the service is to have an account created with the site.
HollywoodRaces.com offers a mobile-friendly website and a safe, legal and secure way to fund accounts to wager on live racing. The track in at Bangor, and this approval received by the board allows all Maine’s residents to place legal bets on horse racing. “We are excited to bring this form of gaming to Maine,” said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming Inc. “This is a tried and tested use of technology for more people to get excited about the sport of horse racing, any time of day, any day of the year, and allows Mainers to enjoy races taking places across the world from the comfort of their own home.” Penn National is the company behind the operation of Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor.
It is not that horse racing was illegal in the state but, to put some money on a horse, residents needed to do so at a racetrack or an off-track betting facility. Now, bets can be placed from a computer or tablet, as well as watching the races from there.