For higher or worse, 20 years in the past Mainers legalized on line casino playing

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Twenty years in the past this week, 53 % of Maine voters within the 2003 election legalized slot machines in Maine, by way of the creation of a “racino” related to Bangor’s Bass Park harness racing observe. 

Right now, practically all types of playing are authorized in Maine, together with sports activities betting, which went stay final week. You possibly can play slot machines and desk video games at casinos in Bangor and Oxford; you possibly can wager on horse races and sports activities video games; and you may play the lottery, each state-run and nationwide. 

However 50 years in the past, playing past on-site betting at race tracks — even the lottery — was unlawful in Maine. Actually, except for Nevada, from the Nineties till the Seventies, practically each type of playing except for horse and canine racing was unlawful nearly in all places within the U.S.