Legal Nevada Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Way back in 1931, Nevada became the first US state to legalize casino gambling. It has never looked back since, cementing its position as a world-leading gambling hub. Today, some 324 commercial casinos are in operation here, raking in $11.1 billion per year for the state.

You might feel that the revenue generated is lower than expected. That's because Nevada's tax rates are exceptionally low, in order to entice more casino operators to open here.

The only forms of gambling not permitted in Nevada are dog racing betting and lotteries.

Nevada Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

Nevada was also the first state to legalize online poker. Unfortunately, online poker is the only form of online gambling that's so far been regulated by the state.

It's unknown whether there is an appetite to expand that out to online casino games.

Nevada Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1909 - All forms of gambling outlawed by the Nevadan state.
  • 1931 - Casino gambling eventually legalized in Nevada thanks to Assembly Bill 98.
  • 1931 - Bank Club in Reno becomes Nevada's inaugural gaming venue.
  • 1931 - Las Vegas issues its first casino license to Northern Club.
  • 1942 - El Rancho Vegas becomes the first casino-hotel resort in Sin City.
  • 1946 - State opts to slap tax revenues on casino gambling.
  • 1955 - Nevada Gaming Control Board established.
  • 1966 - The now-iconic Caesar's Palace opens its doors on the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip.
  • 1973 - MGM Grand follows suit.
  • 2004 - Casino revenues in Nevada exceed $10 billion.
  • 2007 - US record $12.7 billion gaming revenue achieved by Nevada.
  • 2011 - Online poker legislation passed by Nevada Gaming Control Board.
  • 2015 - Nevada makes joint agreement with Delaware to share online poker player pools.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Nevada?

  • Casino Gambling – Nevada was the first US State to allow casino gambling and they easily have the most casinos in operation. Because of the number of casinos in Nevada they also offer the widest variety of games available.
  • Sports Betting- Sports betting is legal in Nevada on all sports. If there is a sporting event or a prop bet associated with a sporting event, you can bet on it in Nevada.
  • Online Betting – Sports betting is legal in Nevada both online and via apps. Poker is legal online in Nevada as well. You can follow online betting and sports betting news in Nevada here.
  • Daily Fantasy – Daily Fantasy (DFS) is legal in Nevada but it requires the DFS site to acquire a gaming license and none of the major players are willing to do this so they don’t operate in the state.
  • Poker – Poker is legal both online and in brick and mortar card rooms which are located within casinos.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal in Nevada for registered charities and charity events but there is very little demand.
  • Lottery – The lottery is illegal in Nevada as lawmakers fear it would compete with the other gambling taking place in the state.