US sports betting giant DraftKings has unveiled a partnership with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine, setting the stage for the launch of its online sportsbook in the state. The agreement is subject to licensing and regulatory approvals
“Building a relationship with the Passamaquoddy Tribe is a fantastic opportunity for DraftKings, as we look to bring customers in the state of Maine safe and legal sports betting,” said Jason Robins, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of DraftKings.
“We look forward to our continued collaboration with the Maine Gambling Control Unit as we become the official mobile sports betting provider of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and launch in our industry-leading 25th state.”
If granted the green light, this partnership will open the door for bettors in Maine, aged 21 and older, to access DraftKings’ sportsbook app. The app offers an array of wagering options such as pre-match and in-game bets, as well as same-game-parlay features developed in-house.
“The Passamaquoddy Tribe is excited to enter into a mobile sports wagering agreement with DraftKings,” said Chief William Nicholas, Passamaquoddy Tribe. “We couldn’t have landed a better organization in the mobile sports wagering arena, and we look forward to continued progress and investment for future growth in the state of Maine.”
“The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik is incredibly thrilled to have a mobile sports wagering deal with DraftKings,” added Chief Pos Bassett, Pleasant Point Tribal Government. “They are the industry leaders, and we are excited to be a part of bringing a first-class mobile sports wagering experience to Maine. This is a huge step forward for my community and the state.”
Moreover, in response to the tragic events that unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, on October 25, DraftKings has pledged to make a $100,000 donation to the Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund.
This fund will provide support to those affected by the tragic events, and it will collaborate with the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) to ensure that 100% of the donated funds are allocated to individuals affected and the organizations working diligently to facilitate the healing process.
Maine sports betting was legalized in May 2022 after Governor Janet Mills signed into law a proposal allowing both retail and online sports wagering. However, LD 585 stipulates internet gambling can only be operated by Maine’s four tribes, which have previously been excluded from most forms of gambling in the state.
As per the sports betting law, each tribe can apply for a license, partnering with one online operator each. The license fee for mobile sports betting is $200,000, to be paid every four years. In contrast, retail wagering license are priced at $4,000, with combined racetracks and off-track betting facilities allowed to apply for the permits.