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Legal Vermont Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Vermont is one of the smallest states in the US in terms of population and, consequently, its legislation adopts a rather restrictive and conservative approach to the gambling industry. It joins Utah, Alaska and Hawaii as one of the few US states not to have a single casino.

Traditional casino table games are prohibited in Vermont, along with poker, dog racing and social gambling with friends and family members.

Tribal casino gambling is permitted under federal law but, as yet, no Native American tribes have sought to establish a tribal gaming venue here. Horse racing betting is also permitted but, since its only race track at Green Mountain Park closed down in 1991, the appetite for horse racing here is minimal.

Vermont Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

Vermont is one of many US states yet to address the issue of online gambling. With no precedents or legislature surrounding iGaming at the time of writing, Vermont's residents can play with unregulated offshore operators without fear of prosecution.

Vermont Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1779-1804 - State agrees to legalize lottery programs that lack "special liberty".
  • 1826 - State prohibits the sale of lottery tickets for games outside of Vermont.
  • 1960 - Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing legalized.
  • 1963 - Vermont's inaugural horse racing track, Green Mountain Park, opens its doors.
  • 1976 - Green Mountain Park evolves into a dog racing track.
  • 1976 - State-operated Vermont Lottery legalized to open in 1978.
  • 1985 - Tri-State lottery game launched with New Hampshire and Maine.
  • 1991 - Green Mountain Park forced to close down due to lack of revenue.
  • 1995 - State outlaws greyhound racing and simulcasted races.
  • 2003 - State becomes 33rd member of the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL).
  • 2011 - Proposal to create Vermont's first single-venue casino ditched.
  • 2016 - State's Assistant Attorney General deems daily fantasy sports illegal.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Vermont?

  • Casino Gambling –There is no casino gambling in Vermont. New York, New Hampshire and Maine are all close and there is casino gambling in those states.
  • Sports Betting – Horse racing is legal in Vermont but there aren’t any tracks. There are places for off track betting such as bars. There are no bills on the books regarding expanding sports betting in Vermont but you can follow any developments here.
  • Online Betting – The only online betting in Vermont is on horse racing and most of the large sites accept players and wagers from Vermont. You can follow any updates regarding online gambling in Vermont here.
  • Daily Fantasy – Daily Fantasy sites including Draft Kings and Fanduel operate in Vermont but the legislature doesn’t agree with the legality of it. Most recently Vermont lawmakers are looking to pass a law that would legalize DFS.
  • Poker – Poker is legal in Vermont and house games are allowed as long as there is no rake.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal for charities in Vermont.
  • Lottery – The lottery in Vermont has local drawings as well as interstate draws. The Vermont lottery also sells scratch tickets and has virtual instant play machines.
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