Delaware

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Delaware

This goes all the way back to colonial times when the first racetrack was opened in 1760, approximately 27 years before Delaware became a State. There were also lottery games, however the British didn’t think they got their fair share of the revenues, and it therefore caused some issues.



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Florida

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Florida

In The Sunshine State, there are loads of opportunities to enjoy casino games, bingo and poker at land-based casinos, while cruise ships are available for games like roulette and craps. As for online gambling, the state of Florida has made it illegal, but they’ve only gone after people operating online casino sites from within Florida’s borders, and no actual player has ever been arrested.



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Georgia

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Georgia

Other than a no-profit card game at home with friends, the only gambling activities allowed in Georgia are those offered by the Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC). After doing a bit of research, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the GLC doesn’t only offer lottery games, but a bunch of other fun products to residents of the state.



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Hawaii

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Hawaii

As previously stipulated, there are no land-based casinos in Hawaii, and it’s generally understood that the laws against gambling encompass online play as well. There are still those who register and play at international sites, but this is at their own risk and discretion.



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Idaho

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Idaho

As with so many of the other western states of America, gambling is closely associated with Idaho’s settlement history. During the heady gold rush days, pioneers were more than happy to take their profits and gamble with them at any of the numerous casinos that were controlled by cities and towns.



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Illinois

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Illinois

So, as mentioned, no actual law has been passed regarding online casino practices in Illinois. It is likely to be highlighted in the near future, when a bill will be presented to the Senate again in 2018. As such, many industry experts would agree that it leaves it open to interpretation for now.



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Iowa

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Iowa

As for online gambling, Iowa is regarded as one of the states that are most likely to make this legal in the near future – this will have to be done in discussion with tribal casino owners, but the prospects are looking quite bright indeed.



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Louisiana

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Louisiana

As previously mentioned, Louisiana actually saw the establishment of casinos before there were any churches, and gambling has long been a popular and beloved pastime in this southern state. As with many states, there has been much push and pull regarding the legalisation and then prohibition of gambling, and then the legalisation and regulation again.



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Wyoming

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Wyoming

While it’s pretty clear where citizens can cash in on casino games at land-based facilities, the laws aren’t particularly transparent when referring to online gambling. In fact, it doesn’t reference Internet gambling at all.



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Kentucky

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Kentucky

Before the Internet took over, there were plenty of other ways to gamble, and in Kentucky it was no different. Due to lotteries being corrupt in the 1800s, the constitution of Kentucky was given anti-gambling wording, not making it specifically illegal, but wording it in such a way that players were kept on their toes.



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New Mexico

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New Mexico

The state’s gambling authority is known as the New Mexico Gambling Control Board, and the minimum age requirement for gambling is 18 for the lottery and pari-mutuel betting, and 21 for tribal casinos.



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North Dakota

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North Dakota

It comes as no surprise that different states across the US will have different laws in place regarding gambling (both online and land-based). Interestingly, despite being a state focussed on agriculture, North Dakota claims one of the highest concentrations of gambling establishments per capita in the entire country



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Washington

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Washington

As with many of the other states, the original statutes in Washington State were pervasively anti-gambling. This was partially because of the puritanical views of that time, and partially a response against the excessive vices (like gambling) of the initial settlers.



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Alabama

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Alabama

The state’s gambling laws are viewed by many as archaic and not in line with international developments. Illegal gambling within Alabama also carries some of the harshest penalties in the whole of the United States of America.



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Alaska

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Alaska

Alaska, the largest and most northern state of the US, has always taken a rather cold and dismissive view of gambling. For example, there are no actual casinos and no state lottery – in fact, most forms of the land-based variant are outlawed. The few that are allowed include bingo bets and gambling on pull tab in First Nations reservations, as well as dog mushing and comparable tournaments of chance, which see the profits rather go to charitable organisations as opposed to individuals’ pockets. Even poker and blackjack are defined as games of chance, as opposed to skill, placing them under the restrictive measures of the state. So what is Alaska’s deal?



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Arizona

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Arizona

The main question that needs to be answered is that of online gambling in Arizona, and is it legal, even if players can make use of Facebook casinos as well as free play online casinos. There are however a few things that we need to keep in mind.



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Arkansas

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Arkansas

As you’ll know by now, gambling laws vary from state to state in North America. And Arkansas, like many others, is a state with restrictive gambling policies. While many states allow for casinos based in Native American reservations, this is not the case in Arkansas.



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California

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California

As it stands, California has indeed attempted to pass laws that would allow politicians to standardise gambling, but these have proven unsuccessful. There are no laws that forbid, regulate or ban online gambling. One law that is enforced, however, is the age limit related to gambling.



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Colorado

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Colorado

Because the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission defines gambling as any gaming activity that follows a ‘payment-luck-reward’ process, this means that accessing mobile casinos or Facebook casinos via social casino apps could be classified as illegal.



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Connecticut

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Connecticut

As is the case in other states, there is no single law explicitly prohibiting online gambling in Connecticut. In fact, the two legal land-based tribal casinos offer online components, though not yet for real money play. Public opinion, however, does favour this type of gambling to be legalised.



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Indiana

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Indiana

The nature of gambling within Indiana is complex, as the state does not permit all types of gaming. The gambling industry, which includes local lotteries, is regulated by a variety of state laws.



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Kansas

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Kansas

The best source of information regarding specifics on Kansas’ gambling laws can be found on the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission’s website. They feature an impressive FAQ page that pretty much sums up (in very clear English) all the dos and don’ts.



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Maine

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Maine

The Gambling Control Unit of Maine is responsible for governing the state’s land-based and lottery gaming rules. This particular panel determines what is permitted when it comes to online gaming, and what constitutes illicit gambling within Maine and surrounding areas.



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Maryland

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Maryland

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) is the state’s land-based and lottery gaming body. To date, there are no laws in Maryland that prohibit, ban or regulate online gaming and sportsbook betting. Thankfully, there are also no recorded instances of any players being prosecuted in this state.



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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

Gambling laws and legislations are a grey area in this region. There is not much history when it comes to gambling in the state, with many native tribes stating that they were gambling years before original settlers arrived. In 2008 and 2009, there were failed attempts to put a gambling legislation in motion.



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Michigan

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Michigan

Gambling was a fairly uncommon practice in Michigan’s history, as horse racing was the only form of gambling known to the natives at the time. Indian tribes initially took charge of the gambling industry by making bingo halls available within their tribal areas.



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Minnesota

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Minnesota

As previously stipulated, there are some forms of gambling that are perfectly acceptable, so long as they take place within the tribal casino spaces, or don’t result in significant profits for the organiser or attendees.



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Mississippi

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Mississippi

While Mississippi has a huge history in terms of gambling, thanks to the riverboats, it’s interesting to know that most forms of gambling are illegal these days in this state. All is not lost, though, as there are plenty of other options like fun play casinos, mobile social casinos and free play online casinos.



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Missouri

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Missouri

Is it a gambler’s way of life in the state of Missouri? That depends. If, for example, you’re playing free fun online slots at mobile social casinos, Facebook casinos, or free play online casinos, then of course, it is perfectly lawful to partake.



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Montana

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Montana

In the 1800s, the early settlers of Montana brought with them an explosion of raffle-type lottery games. However, as had happened in many of the other western states of the US, a crack-down resulted, with a complete ban being implemented in 1910 due to the crooked and unregulated nature of these games.



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Nebraska

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Nebraska

As is the case in most other states, federal law allows for casino-style gambling institutions to be run on Native American reservations. While this is also the case in Nebraska, the state’s law does prohibit the use of gambling devices as well as the promotion of gambling.



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Nevada

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Nevada

Due to the presence of Las Vegas within the region, the assumption tends to be that state laws around gambling are fairly liberal. However, you’ll be surprised to know that this is not the case. In 1931, a bill was passed which legalized a selection of games and led to the creation of Las Vegas.



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New Hampshire

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New Hampshire

It’s generally understood that different states across the United States will sport different rules and legislatures surrounding gambling, even when compared to their neighbours. New Hampshire happens to be quite notable in terms of gambling history, as it was the first ever state to legalise a lottery in the format that we know it today – back in the 1800s, lotteries were pretty much just raffles.



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New Jersey

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New Jersey

Up until recently, hundreds, if not thousands, of online casinos were available to players from the US. From fun play casinos and free play online casinos to mobile social casinos and Facebook casinos, players in New Jersey, just one of the 50 states in America, had all kinds of freedoms when it came to gambling – and a bucket full of options to boot.



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New York

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New York

While it can safely be said that everyone knows about the city of New York, many people are quite unaware of the fact that the city itself is located in a state with the same name. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, New York is home to more than 40% of the state’s population, and is synonymous with reinvention, cosmopolitanism, high fashion, business and more.



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North Carolina

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North Carolina

If you love the thrills of gambling, the sights and sounds that land-based casinos have to offer, the freedom to place bets on whatever you like and have been thinking about settling down in North Carolina, then we have a little nugget of wisdom to share with you: it might not be the right place for you.



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Ohio

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Ohio

While there is clarity regards gambling laws for horse racing, some sports betting and land-based casino activities, online gambling is a whole different story. There are no actual written federal or state laws banning or allowing any form of online gambling in Ohio.



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Oklahoma

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Oklahoma

While the history of gambling in Oklahoma dates as far back as the 19th century, it wasn’t until 1982 when it really started, beginning with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). This law turned Oklahoma into the leader of Indian bingo halls overnight, when charity gambling (i.e. bingo and raffles) was legalized.



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Oregon

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Oregon

In the 1980s, the rights of Native American tribes to run gambling operations within the state were affirmed, with the 1988 federal law, known as the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, codifying the rights of tribes to offer class 3 gaming (lotteries and casino games).



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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

While the specifics of Pennsylvania’s gambling laws are being ironed out (these are expected to be resolved mid-2018, if all goes according to plan), there are still only 12 legal gaming houses in the state at which to play.



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Rhode Island

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Rhode Island

It’s a well-known fact that different states across the US have different laws regarding both online and land-based gambling. In some places, the legislations are quite explicit and outright: either prohibiting or allowing for this or that form of gambling. Rhode Island’s neighbouring states have quite a number of gambling options, including horse racing and huge casino resorts.



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South Carolina

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South Carolina

There is a common perception that certain southern states in the US tend to be stricter than their northern counterparts are. In terms of gambling, this is definitely the case in South Carolina, with the law prohibiting any form of betting, and any games involving cards or dice.



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South Dakota

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South Dakota

As mentioned earlier, online gaming is strictly prohibited in South Dakota, and offenders who choose to ignore this law could face a Class 2 misdemeanour, resulting in a hefty fine or even imprisonment. If you simply have to gamble at mobile social casinos or online casinos when you’re in the region, our suggestion is to do some research on social casino apps.



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Tennessee

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Tennessee

If gambling is illegal as previously stated, is there anything that people are allowed to do with regards to gambling? The answer is yes. The only legal option for players from Tennessee is the state lottery, which started in 2004, and was created in order to increase funding for education.



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Texas

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Texas

Depending on the type of gambling, Texas law says you must be 18 or 21 to gamble in the state. At 18, you can play bingo as a charitable game, as well as online, but not at a land-based casino. You can also play the state lottery, and bet on dog and horse racing.



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Utah

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Utah

Unbeknownst to most Utah residents, casual betting (like social pools on sporting events or a small stake on a round of golf) is quite common amongst locals. However, the state of Utah has a zero tolerance policy towards casino games.



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Vermont

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Vermont

here are very few options for gamblers in Vermont, so it’s safe to say that most prefer to make use of fun play casinos where they can play free, fun online slots. Those who prefer something other than slots are also getting their game on via social casino apps, like Facebook casinos or other mobile social casinos.



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West Virginia

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West Virginia

Gambling was somewhat quiet in the state of West Virginia for many years, with the only form of gambling for money being pari-mutuel betting on horse races. This all changed in 1990, however, when a bill was passed to allow for the licensing of casino gaming.



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Wisconsin

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Wisconsin

When Wisconsin’s statutes were put into place back in 1848, the standard stance regarding gambling was: illegal. Of course, things change over the course of time, and while gambling is by no means completely legal, there are a few instances and loopholes that allow for residents to enjoy some betting here and there.



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