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10 Things You Need to Know About Montana Sports Betting, MT Online Sports Betting

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Everything you need to know about Montana sports betting and legal online sports betting in MT, with free bet offers & promo codes

Montana had an exemption from PASPA when it passes in 1992 which effectively allowed for sports betting in small doses. However, they ignored that exemption and created laws to ban sportsbooks from taking wagers on sporting events. For whatever reason, when PASPA was repealed by the Supreme Court two years ago, Montana turned on a dime and legalized sports betting one year later. It was the ninth state to legalize sports gambling. Let’s get into everything you need to know about Montana sports betting, including online sports betting apps, and promo codes.

1) Is Montana Sports Betting Legal?

Yes, it was signed into law in May of 2019 and went active in March of 2020.

Sports betting went live in Montana in March, just in time for sports to be put on hold. Installation on kiosks began on March 9, 2020 in 180 locations statewide. After sports betting bills were signed into law in mid-2019, the goal was to have things up and running within a year, preferably to allow for wagers on March Madness. And while they were successful in that goal, the cancellation of the NCAA tournament rendered that goal effectively moot.

There was also a snafu with gambling supplier Intralot setting terrible lines through the Sports Bet Montana app. They reportedly set prices far off market value, thus creating a bit of chaos in the opening weeks for sportsbooks. And now with sports shut down for the foreseeable future, they have not had much of an opportunity to market correct.

Per the Montana Department of Justice: “One must also obtain an appropriate alcoholic beverage license in order to operate card games, sports pools, sports tabs, and video gambling machines [Reference MCA 23-5-119].” If appears that the state wants gambling and restaurants/bars to work in tandem as it gets its sports betting operations up and running.

2) Can I Currently Online Sports Bet In Montana?

Yes! Those over 18 years old with a valid social security number can bet online within the Montana borders. However, there is no luxury of variety, with all online sports betting running through the Montana Lottery app.

3) What Promo Codes / Deposit Bonuses are available for me and How Can I Use Them?

Update coming shortly.

4) What Online Sports Betting Apps are Available in Montana?

Online sports betting in Montana is only made available through the Montana Lottery app, Sports Bet Montana. Those over 18 years old with a valid social security number can bet online within the Montana borders. However, there is a $1,000 maximum bet limit in place.

5) Where Can I Bet on Sports in Person in Montana?

There are no physical sportsbooks in the state of Montana. However, there are 180 betting kiosks or terminals installed by the Lottery Commission, located mostly at bars, taverns and gas stations.

6) How Do I Make Deposits and Withdrawals for Online Sports Betting in MT?

Since there is only one online betting option in Montana, state bettors unfortunately have to live by the structures put in place. Sports Bet Montana only allows for credit/debit card or ACH (online banking) transactions for funding.

7) What are the Most Common Types of Sports Bets Can I Make in Montana?

Straight bet

This is the most common bet type and it is just a straight up single bet on a game. A point spread is determined by the oddsmakers with one team being favored by a certain amount of points. Let’s take a look at an example line below to give a clear indication of what a straight bet would be:

Boston Celtics -6.5 (-110), moneyline -320

at Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5 (-110), moneyline +260

O/U 206

The Celtics are favored by 6.5 points in this example. This means that if you bet the Cavaliers, you are getting 6.5 points, so if the Cavaliers win the game, or lose by fewer than seven points, you will win the bet because of your 6.5-point cushion. On the other side, when you are laying 6.5 points as the favorite, you would need the Celtics to win by seven or more to win the bet.

Final Score: Celtics 102 Cavaliers 98. Cavaliers would cover even though the Celtics won the game because the +6.5 point spread is enough to cover a four-point defeat.

Moneyline Bet

The moneyline is a bet where there is no spread; you are just picking the winner of the game. In the example above, the Cavaliers ML is +260, which means that for every $100 wagered, you win $260 if the Cavaliers win the game outright. They receive the plus side of the moneyline since they are the underdog and picking them rewards you with nice odds since they are projected to likely lose the game. On the flip side, if you bet the Celtics ML at -320, you have to bet $320 to win $100. They are the favorites so if you decide to bet the moneyline instead of the point spread, you are forced to bet additional money to win $100.

In the example above, the Celtics ML would be the winner as they won the game outright. The spread is irrelevant for a moneyline wager.

Over/Under

This is a straight bet wagering on how many total combined points will be scored in a game by both teams. For example, an NBA game may have an over/under of 210 points, which means that the oddsmakers are projecting a combined points total of 210 between the two teams. If you think the teams are going to score more than 210 points total, you bet the over, and conversely, if you think it’s going to be a defensive struggle, you can bet the under hoping that the total points scored equals 209 points or less.

Parlay

A parlay is a bet where you combine multiple bets into one bet and you get increased odds because you only win your parlay wager if all of your bets win. If you do a three-team parlay, you select three different teams from three different games and if you win all three of the bets you hit your parlay for longshot odds (6-1 so $100 to win $600). Going 0/3, 1/3, or 2/3 is all the same and you lose the parlay bet. It’s all or nothing which makes them tough to hit and is more of a home run type bet than a regular straight bet since there’s a chance for a big payoff.

8) Where’s a Good Place to Start Learning How to Online Sports Bet?

Update coming shortly.

9) Teams to Bet On in Montana

Montana does not have any professional sports teams in North American leagues and they do not have much in the way of collegiate fanbases. The University of Montana is probably the most fervent, as they made five trips to the then-Division I-AA (now FCS) Championship Game in the 2000s. They along with Montana State have modest followings.

As far as professional teams go, Montana spreads loyalty nationwide. Reportedly, the state’s favorite wagering targets in the four major sports are the Minnesota Vikings, Colorado Avalanche, Utah Jazz and Seattle Mariners

10) Is There Anything Else I Need to Know About Sports Betting In MT?

Now that you know Montana sports betting is legal and you know where you can go to place bets, all that’s left to do is get started! If you are looking for more information about sports betting overall, you can use the sports betting resources we provide here at Awesemo!

If you have an issue with betting or a gambling problem, please contact 1-800-GAMBLER to speak with someone right now and get help.

Montana Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Montana?

Yes, it was signed into law in May of 2019 and went active in March of 2020.

Who is organizational body in charge of sports betting?

Sports betting is run by the Montana Lottery, which is supplied by Intralot, a worldwide gambling and lottery supplier.

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Who can apply for a sports betting licence?

Per the Montana Department of Justice: “One must also obtain an appropriate alcoholic beverage license in order to operate card games, sports pools, sports tabs, and video gambling machines [Reference MCA 23-5-119].” If appears that the state wants gambling and restaurants/bars to work in tandem as it gets its sports betting operations up and running.

Can I bet on my phone in Montana?

Bettors can place wagers through their phone so long as they are in a licensed land-based betting operator. Otherwise, Montana residents will have to bet through offshore bookmakers.

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