Legal Alabama Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos
The nature of gambling laws in Alabama is somewhat confusing. Although the state permits four pari-mutuel and gambling locations to run e-bingo in the face of existing state law, and three regulated casinos that aren't allowed to offer traditional casino gambling games (blackjack, poker, roulette), it has not yet taken the decision to acknowledge the internet and the prospect of gambling online.
A string of iGaming brands have attempted to reason with the Alabama state, but the region's politically conservative nature has meant that it has shown little appetite to facilitate online casinos or poker.
Alabama Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future
Bizarrely, although Alabama's gambling laws do not permit online gambling, those who reside here can place bets online with brands that operate offshore, except online daily fantasy sports betting portals.
Alabama is one of many states in the United States that allow municipal and county laws to be made per town or city regarding gambling regulation. Some cities and counties have opted to legalize certain aspects of betting without the intervention of the state.
The Wind Creek casino brand dominates in Alabama, with three separate establishments in Montgomery, Wetumpka and Atmore.
Alabama Gambling Laws - A Brief History
- 1901 - All forms of gambling were prohibited following the implementation of new state laws in Alabama.
- 1971 - Alabama state opts to legalize betting on horse racing and greyhound racing.
- 1980 - Alabama state opts to legalize charitable bingo games.
- 1988 - Legalization of tribal casinos i.e. slots and bingo in Alabama.
What Types of Gambling are Legal in Alabama?
- Casino Gambling – Casinos are legal in Alabama on Indian reservations and while they refer to themselves as Casinos they only offer Video Bingo and Slot Machines.
- Sports Betting – Alabama allows sports betting in the form of racing and there are currently two Greyhound Racing tracks in operation. Alabama also allows off track betting and wagering on Horse Racing which is simulcast.
- Online Betting – Horse Racing is allowed online in Alabama through Twin Spires.
- Daily Fantasy – Both Draft Kings and Fanduel allow players from Alabama.
- Poker – There is no online poker or live poker that is currently legal in Alabama.
- Bingo – Alabama allows Bingo and Video Games using a Bingo algorithm but this is on a county by county basis. Physical Bingo must be with all benefits going to charity.
- Lottery – Alabama is one of the six states that doesn’t have a Lottery.