Montana Casinos

Montana Casinos & Gambling
  • Bingo (1973), Poker (1973), Sports Pools (1973), Video Keno (1976), Video Lottery (1985), Lottery (1986), Tribal Casinos (1994), Lottery Fantasy Pools (2008)
  • $41 million
  • $130 million
  • 18 for all forms, however, most poker tables and video lottery establishments have a minimum age of 21
  • Montana banned smoking in 2009. The law does not pertain to tribal casinos.
  • Horse racing

Montana gambling is no different that what people think of when the term “Wild West” is said. Montana has a unique array of legalized gambling.

There are hundreds of places to gamble in Montana, but these are only loosely described as casinos. These Montana casinos are basically bars with a poker table and video lottery machines inside; some have an off-track betting facility. Table games are illegal in the state, but it is not from a lack of trying.

The state lottery offers typical games, including scratch-offs and lotto drawings. It goes a step further than any other state except Delaware. Montana offers a form of sports betting through its state lottery. NASCAR and NFL daily fantasy sports contests are available.

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Types of Montana Online Gambling Allowed

Horseracing iconThe only form of legal online gambling in Montana is off-track betting on horses. TVG and TwinSpires are the two largest sites that accept this type of action from Montanans. Montana state law forbids all other forms of online gambling. This includes daily fantasy sports. No daily fantasy sports sites accept Montana players. There are poker, casino and sports betting sites that accept players from Montana. These are all unlicensed and illegal.

Types of Live Montana Gambling

Popular games iconPopular Games
  • Slots: Yes
  • Blackjack: No
  • Poker: Yes
  • Craps/Roulette: No
  • Horses: Yes
  • Lottery: Yes

There is an unusual variety of live Montana gambling offered. There are live horse racing tracks. These also offer off-track betting, where bars may also operate race books.

Poker is allowed in bars. It is the only state that allows live poker rooms outside of a traditional casino setup. Nearly two dozen taverns have a poker table or two, ready for when the locals come to play some Texas Hold’em. Bars may spread video lottery machines. These can have video poker and keno. There are hundreds of establishments that go by Montana casinos, as they offer games that you could find in casinos in other states.

The Montana Lottery sells three types of tickets. There are scratch-off tickets. Lotto tickets are also sold. There is another game offered that is unlike any other state lottery. The Montana Lottery operates two forms of daily fantasy sports. One is NASCAR and the other is NFL.

Daily fantasy sports sites that operate throughout the country set a prize pool that is not based solely on the number of participants. That is not the case in Montana. Lottery daily fantasy contests are pari-mutuel. That means that the prize pool directly reflects the amount of money wagered on it. The Montana Lottery only pays the top three places in a contest, regardless of the number of tickets sold. While that may seem like an advantage, the lottery holds 26 percent of the prize pool. That is more than most pari-mutuel pools tied to horse racing.

Montana gambling lawsMontana gambling laws allow licensed taverns to operate poker tables. It is as close to Wild West saloons as it gets these days. Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low and draw games are the only approved games. The largest pot allowed in Montana is $800. All players are all-in once the pot reaches this size. Bets are backed out of the pot to put it in correct proportion. All poker games must be dealt by a live dealer. Electronic poker tables are not legal.

By offering these games, these Montana casinos can use that term loosely to describe what they are. You will find over 200 Montana casino locations throughout the state.

Montana has a statewide video lottery. These games may offer poker and keno. The maximum bet is $2. The maximum win per hand is $800.

Montana is exempted from the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. This law prevents the spread of sports betting. Montana was excluded because of its sports pool laws. This includes betting squares on sporting events. Pig, gerbil and hamster races may also be bet on through pools as long as the event is in a small town or outside city limits.

The Montana Lottery takes advantage of the sports pool laws. It spreads daily fantasy sports contests where the players’ money is entered into a pari-mutuel pool. It is the only one of its kind in the country. The Montana Lottery takes 27 percent of the prize pool. NASCAR and NFL are the only sports available.

Live horse racing and off-track betting are legal in Montana. Race books may also be located in taverns.

Online gambling in Montana is illegal. This includes daily fantasy sports sites. The only exception is simulcast betting on horse races.

List of Montana Casinos

There are hundreds of places to gamble in Montana. Virtually any place that serves alcohol by the drink will have video lottery machines that have video poker and keno for real money. Bars may have up to 20 video lottery machines. The tax rate on these devices is 15 percent.

Larger taverns have race books and a poker table. There are 14 Native American Montana casinos within state borders. The only differences between taverns and Indian casinos are that tribes may have more than 20 machines and certain slot machines are allowed. Table games are not legal at Native American casinos in Montana.

Below you can find the Montana casinos, locations, directions of where they are located, and a website if they have one. To make sure you live near one, you can check our Montana casinos map for accurate location of the nearest ones.

49er Diner and Casino – Livingston18 Slot Machines404 East Park StreetNo Website
All Aboard Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines909 South 32nd Street WestNo Website
Apsaalooke Nights Casino – Crow Agency206 Slot Machines71 Heritage
B&S Laundry – Brockton6 Slot Machines711 Seventh StreetNo Website
Bair’s Casino – Hardin19 Slot Machines315 13th Street WestNo Website
Best Bet Casino – Helena20 Slot Machines1225 Euclid AvenueNo Website
Best Bet Casino – Kalispell20 Slot Machines1619 US Highway 93 SouthNo Website
Best Western KwaTaqNuk Casino – Polson232 Slot Machines49708 US Highway 93
Big B Bingo & Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines1307 12th Street WestNo Website
Billings Hotel and Convention Center14 Slot Machines1223 Mullowney
BJs Casino – Cut Bank18 Slot Machines1105 East Main StreetNo Website
Buff’s Bar & Casino – Forsyth12 Slot Machines845 Main StreetNo Website
Bugz’s Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines1341 Main
Casey’s Casino – Whitefish10 Slot Machines101 Central
Casino Royale – Billings20 Slot Machines2455 Central AvenueNo Website
Cat’s Paw Cardroom – Bozeman19 Slot Machines721 North Seventh AvenueNo Website
Cattlemen’s Casino – Kalispell20 Slot Machines1400 Airport RoadNo Website
Cellar Casino and Restaurant – Miles City20 Slot Machines719 Main StreetNo Website
Chances R Restaurant and Casino – Butte20 Slot Machines3703 Harrison AvenueNo Website
Charging Horse Casino & Bingo – Lame Deer130 Slot Machines1/2 Mile East Lame Deer Highway 212No Website
Crown Lounge – Great Falls14 Slot Machines1820 10th Avenue
Doc & Eddy’s West Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines927 South 32nd Street West 
E-Z Mart Casino – Harlem19 Slot Machines2 Main Street, Highway
Flipper’s Casino – Missoula17 Slot Machines125 South Third Street
Fort Belknap Casino – Harlem146 Slot Machines104 Assiniboine
Git-N-Go – Wolf Point40 Slot Machines132 US Highway 2 EastNo Website
Glacier Little Peaks Casino – Browning24 Slot MachinesJunction of Highway 2 and 89
Glacier Peaks Casino – Browning300 Slot MachinesHighway 2 and Highway
Gold Dust Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines1310 15th Street WestNo Website
Golden Spur – Miles City20 Slot Machines1014 South Haynes AvenueNo Website
Grand Tree Inn – Bozeman20 Slot Machines1325 North Seventh
Gray Wolf Peak Casino – Evaro118 Slot Machines20819 US Highway 93
Gusick’s Restaurant – Billings15 Slot Machines760 South 20th Street WestNo Website
Hub Bar Casino – Belgrade7 Slot Machines23 East Main StreetNo Website
Hudson’s Lounge and Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines2658 Grand AvenueNo Website
Jackpot Casino – Bozeman20 Slot Machines1801 West Main StreetNo Website
Korner Club – Bozeman17 Slot Machines8191 Huffine
Lady Lil’s – Missoula20 Slot Machines2210 North Reserve
Lady Lil’s – Shelby20 Slot Machines1350 West Roosevelt
Locomotive Inn Casino – Laurel20 Slot Machines216 First Avenue
Lucky Grand Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines1411 13th Street WestNo Website
Lucky Lil’s – Anaconda20 Slot Machines6940 MT Highway
Lucky Lil’s – Belgrade20 Slot Machines206B West Jefferson
Lucky Lil’s – Big Timber20 Slot Machines20 Big Timber Loop
Lucky Lil’s – Billings20 Slot Machines300 South 24th Street
Lucky Lil’s – Bonner20 Slot Machines7995 East Highway
Lucky Lil’s – Boulder19 Slot Machines701 North Main
Lucky Lil’s – Butte20 Slot Machines531 South Montana
Lucky Lil’s – Chinook20 Slot Machines115 Pennsylvania
Lucky Lil’s – Colstrip20 Slot Machines110 Willow
Lucky Lil’s – Columbia Falls20 Slot Machines507 Ninth
Lucky Lil’s – Columbus20 Slot Machines602 Eighth Avenue
Lucky Lil’s – Conrad20 Slot Machines215 North Main
Lucky Lil’s – Cut Bank20 Slot Machines512 West Main
Lucky Lil’s – Deer Lodge20 Slot Machines203 North Main
Lucky Lil’s – Dillon20 Slot Machines635 North Montana
Lucky Lil’s – East Helena20 Slot Machines418 East Main
Lucky Lil’s – Eureka20 Slot Machines40 First Street
Lucky Lil’s – Forsyth20 Slot Machines240 South Tenth
Lucky Lil’s – Great Falls20 Slot Machines501 Northwest
Lucky Lil’s – Hamilton20 Slot Machines1105 North First
Lucky Lil’s – Hardin20 Slot Machines1012 North
Lucky Lil’s – Havre20 Slot Machines420 First Street
Lucky Lil’s – Helena20 Slot Machines418 East Main
Lucky Lil’s – Highway 220 Slot Machines1104 Highway 2
Lucky Lil’s – Kalispell20 Slot Machines439 West
Lucky Lil’s – Laurel20 Slot Machines312 South First
Lucky Lil’s – Lewistown20 Slot Machines622 Northeast Main
Lucky Lil’s – Libby20 Slot Machines200 East Ninth
Lucky Lil’s – Livingston20 Slot Machines2128 Park Street
Lucky Lil’s – Lolo20 Slot Machines10953 Highway 93
Lucky Lil’s – Miles City20 Slot Machines1208 South Haynes
Lucky Lil’s – Missoula20 Slot Machines3109 Brooks
Lucky Lil’s – Plains20 Slot Machines335 East Railroad
Lucky Lil’s – Rimrock Mall20 Slot Machines300 South 24th Street
Lucky Lil’s – Rocker20 Slot Machines1004 Grizzly
Lucky Lil’s – Shelby20 Slot Machines455 McKinley
Lucky Lil’s – Sidney20 Slot Machines1157 South Central
Lucky Lil’s – Stevensville20 Slot Machines104 Kootenai Creek
Lucky Lil’s – Superior20 Slot Machines29 Diamond
Lucky Lil’s – Thompson Falls20 Slot Machines108 South Gallatin
Lucky Lil’s – Three Forks20 Slot Machines10800 Highway
Lucky Lil’s – Townsend20 Slot Machines204 North Front
Lucky Lil’s – White Sulphur20 Slot Machines311 East Main
Lucky Lil’s – Whitefish20 Slot Machines6598 Highway 93
Lucky Lil’s – Whitehall20 Slot Machines415 North Whitehall
Lucky Lil’s – Wolf Point20 Slot Machines408 Blaine
Lucky Logger – Kalispell20 Slot Machines1028 Highway 2
Lucky Logger – Milltown20 Slot Machines7965 Highway
Magic Diamond – Bozeman20 Slot Machines1615 West Main
Magic Diamond – Butte20 Slot Machines2001 Dewey
Magic Diamond – Columbia Falls20 Slot Machines6106 Highway 2
Magic Diamond – Dillon20 Slot Machines101 East Helena
Magic Diamond – East Helena20 Slot Machines114 Lane
Magic Diamond – Great Falls20 Slot Machines415 Tenth Avenue
Magic Diamond – Hamilton20 Slot Machines932 South First
Magic Diamond – Havre20 Slot Machines108 West First
Magic Diamond – Helena20 Slot Machines1138 Euclid
Magic Diamond – Kalispell20 Slot Machines2605 Highway 2
Magic Diamond – Kalispell Center Mall20 Slot Machines20 North Main
Magic Diamond – Lewiston20 Slot Machines424 West Main
Magic Diamond – Livingston20 Slot Machines714 East Park
Magic Diamond – Lolo20 Slot Machines11880 Highway 93
Magic Diamond – Miles City20 Slot Machines905 South Haynes
Magic Diamond – Rocker20 Slot Machines1050 Grizzly
Magic Diamond IV – Great Falls20 Slot Machines702 10th Avenue
Mardi Gras West Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines4100 King Avenue
Montana Club – Kalispell18 Slot Machines1301 Main
Montana Lil’s – Anaconda20 Slot Machines207 Main
Montana Lil’s – Billings20 Slot Machines2350 Main
Montana Nugget Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines2150 Grand AvenueNo Website
New Hops Pub & Casino – Butte12 Slot Machines2900 Harrison AvenueNo Website
Northern Winz Casino – Box Elder207 Slot Machines11031 US Highway
Northern Winz Casino – Rocky Boy72 Slot MachinesRocky Boy
Paradise Falls – Missoula20 Slot Machines3621 Brooks
Players Club Casino – Kalispell20 Slot Machines2109 Highway 2 EastNo Website
Plaza Royale Casino – Butte19 Slot Machines2930 Harrison AvenueNo Website
Press Box – Missoula20 Slot Machines835 East Broadway
Remington Casino – Whitefish20 Slot Machines130 Central AvenueNo Website
Rowdy’s Cabin Casino Bar – Missoula12 Slot Machines4880 North Reserve StreetNo Website
Sam’s Place – Billings20 Slot Machines717 16th Street WestNo Website
Scoop Bar – Bozeman6 Slot Machines712 West Main
Shooters Sports Bar, Casino & Grille – Billings20 Slot Machines1600 Avenue
Silver Star Casino – Miles City20 Slot Machines801 Main StreetNo Website
Silver Wolf Casino – Wolf Point108 Slot Machines300 Highway 25
Silvertip Casino – Missoula20 Slot Machines680 SW Higgins
Sunken Treasure – Butte20 Slot Machines2902 Harrison AvenueNo Website
Tahitian Nites Casino – Billings20 Slot Machines1517 Broadwater AvenueNo Website
The Hideout Casino – Livingston20 Slot Machines104 Centennial DriveNo Website
The Oxford – Missoula20 Slot Machines337 North Higgins
The Rialto Bar – Helena20 Slot Machines52 Last Chance
TJ’s Quikstop – Poplar20 Slot Machines300 Front Street WestNo Website
Tribal Express Casino – Poplar30 Slot MachinesHighway 2 EastNo Website
Windiggers Casino – Kalispell20 Slot Machines2610 Highway 2No Website
Yellowstone Truck Stop – Livingston20 Slot Machines1226 US Highway 10 WestNo Website
Your Lucky Charm Casino – Butte20 Slot Machines2325 Harrison AvenueNo Website

History of Montana Gambling

Montana casinos historyThe original Montana Constitution outlawed all gambling when it was written in 1889. Table games were briefly legalized in 1937. Slot machines appeared in bars during this era. The Montana Supreme Court ruled these devices to be illegal in 1950. A constitutional referendum was created to reverse this decision. It lost by a 4-1 margin.

In 1972, voters handed over their right to approve gambling to the state legislature. Lawmakers passed a bill that legalized bingo, live poker, and keno the following year. Electronic keno was added in 1976 through a Montana Supreme Court ruling.

Video poker machines started to appear in the state around 1980. Operators claimed that the devices fell under the keno ruling. The state Supreme Court disagreed in 1984. The legislature overrode this decision the following year. The maximum payout was $100 at the time.

Video poker machines did not have a tax when first rolled out. There was only an annual licensing fee. The state started taxing the machines at a rate of 15 percent in 1987.

A state lottery was created in 1986. Gaming compacts with tribes began in 1994. The maximum payout on video poker and keno machines increased to $800 in 1995.

The early 2000’s saw attempts to create Montana casinos that offered table games. The last attempt failed in 2003, keeping all Montana casinos to video lottery and poker. In 2005, the state legislature banned all forms of online gambling. Horseracing enjoys an exemption under this law.

The Montana Lottery rolled out NFL daily fantasy sports cards in 2008. NASCAR pools were added the following year. The NCAA was not happy with Montana’s fantasy sports contests, even though the games did not include college events. The NCAA threatened to boycott the state for major events. The threat was never acted upon.

Montana Casinos & Gambling FAQ

What is the minimum gambling age in Montana?

The minimum Montana gambling age is 18 years. However, some video lottery and poker casinos have a minimum gambling age of 21 years in Montana.

Is horse racing legal in Montana?

Yes. There are also race books at tracks and bars.

Is poker legal in Montana?

Bars are permitted to offer live poker games.

What is the poker bet limit in Montana?

There is no bet limit in Montana. The maximum pot size is $800.

What are Montana’s video lottery rules?

Video poker and keno are permitted in video lottery establishments. The maximum bet is $2. The maximum win is $800. Casinos may have up to 20 machines.

What is the tax rate on Montana video lottery?

Casinos pay a 15 percent tax rate on video lottery machines.

Is blackjack legal in Montana?

Blackjack and all other table games are illegal in Montana. This includes electronic versions.

Is online gambling legal in Montana?

State law forbids all forms of internet gambling except off-track betting.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Montana?

Daily fantasy sports is only legal if spread by the state lottery. Sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal in Montana.

Is smoking legal in Montana casinos?

Smoking is only permitted in casinos located on reservations. State law bans smoking in bars and video lottery establishments.

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