Legal Minnesota Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Minnesota is a state with a thriving gambling industry and an even brighter future. Since the 1970s, the state has been progressive in its adoption of various forms of gambling, ranging from tribal gambling and casino table games to poker, lotteries and social gambling.

Their approach has paid dividends for the state's economy, generating an eye-watering $780 billion in annual revenues.

Minnesota Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

At the time of writing, the state has not chosen to address online gambling legislation directly. As yet, the state has not opted to target online bettors for prosecution and given its liberal stance to the industry as a whole, it's unlikely that they'll start now.

Minnesota Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1857 - State outlaws all forms of lotteries.
  • 1945 - State votes to legalize charity bingo games.
  • 1947 - Slot machines prohibited throughout Minnesota.
  • 1963 - Social gambling permitted by state.
  • 1978 - Charity gambling permitted (raffles, paddlewheels & tip boards only).
  • 1982 - State votes to legalize pari-mutuel wagers.
  • 1983 - Minnesota Racing Commission established.
  • 1985 - Canterbury Downs opens its doors, becoming Minnesota's inaugural pari-mutuel location.
  • 1988 - State residents vote in favor of a state-operated lottery.
  • 1989 - New deal agreed with seven tribal casino groups to permit video gambling machines.
  • 1991 - State agrees for tribal casinos to offer table games (blackjack, craps, roulette).
  • 2005 - Texas Hold'em poker tournaments permitted in restaurants and bars.
  • 2012 - State votes to de-criminalize electronic pull-tab betting machines.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Minnesota?

  • Casino Gambling – Minnesota has casino gambling as well as card rooms and racetracks that offer casino games. Craps and roulette are not legal in Minnesota.
  • Sports Betting – Minnesota sports betting currently is only on horse racing and no current sports betting bills have been introduced. Follow the latest sports betting news in Minnesota here.
  • Online Betting – Online betting on horse racing is legal but online wagering on races at Minnesota racetracks is not permitted.
  • Daily Fantasy – All of the major DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from Minnesota.
  • Poker – Poker is legal in Minnesota and is available at their many casinos and card clubs.
  • Bingo – Bingo can be played on tribal reservations in Minnesota as well as at charity events.
  • Lottery – The Minnesota lottery sells lotto tickets as well as scratch off tickets but online lottery sales are not permitted.