Gambling in the Other States
The other 44 US states allow some forms of gambling, but restrict them to particular areas. All 44, including Hawaii and Utah, have ruled online gambling as illegal. Today, most US states allow tribal gambling, meaning casinos, bingo halls or other gambling operations held on Native Indian reservations or tribal land.
For example, three Native American tribes operate six casinos in New York. Michigan also allows tribal gambling and established numerous casinos after passing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988.
Meanwhile, Illinois passed the Riverboat Gambling Act of 1990, making it legal to open a casino as long as it was on a riverboat. Other states that allow for riverboat casinos includes Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri though they mostly only operate on the Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. According to statistics, ten riverboat casinos exist today and, spread among them, there are over 9,000 slot options and around 500 tables games!
While online gambling is illegal in most US states, new legislations and the recent success of online gambling in New Jersey has seen many states begin considering a change of their laws. It’s thought that California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York may be the next few states to legalise online gambling.