Your Complete Guide to US Gambling Ages by State

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Updated October 2019

One of the most common questions we get from US players is “What is the legal gambling age where I am?” To help you, we’ve created a simple guide to gambling ages across the US by state. Use the table below to find out how old you need to be to play at a casino near you.

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Minimum Legal Gambling Age by State

Legal gambling ages across the US vary, with states setting the minimum age at either 18 or 21. This can however change depending on the type of gambling, as well as if you're playing in a Native American casino. See how the legal gambling age applies to your state:

US States Casinos Poker Rooms Bingo Lottery Dogs & Horseracing Pari-mutuel
Alabama 21 21 18 - 18 -
Alaska 21 - 19 - - -
Arizona 21 21 18 21 21 21
Arkansas 21 21 18 18 18 18
California 18/21 18/21 18 18 18 18
Colorado 21 21 18 18 18 18
Connecticut 21 21 18 18 18 18
Delaware 21 18/21 18 18 18 17
Florida 21 18 18 18 18 18
Georgia 18 (Cruises only) 18 18 18 18 -
Hawaii 21 21 18 18 18 -
Idaho 18 18 18 18 18 18
Illinois 21 21 18 18 18 18
Indiana 21 21 18 18 18 18
Iowa 21 21 21 21 21 21
Kansas 21 21 18 18 18 21
Kentucky - - 18 18 18 18
Louisiana 21 21 18 21 18 18
Maine 21 21 16 18 18 18
Maryland 21 21 18 18 18 18
Massachusetts 21 21 18 18 18 18
Michigan 18/21 32 18 18 18 18
Minnesota 18 18 18 18 18 18
Mississippi 21 21 18 - 18 18
Missouri 21 21 18 18 18 18
Montana 18 18 18 18 18 18
Nebraska 21 21 18 19 19 18
Nevada 21 21 21 - - 21
New Hampshire 21 18 18 18 18 21
New Jersey 21 21 18 18 18 18
New Mexico 21 21 No Limit 18 18 18
New York 21 21 18 18 18 18
North Carolina 21 21 28 18 - -
North Dakota 18/21 18/21 18 18 18 18
Ohio 18-21 18-21 18 18 18 18
Oklahoma 18 18 16 18 18 18
Oregon 21 18 18 18 18 18
Pennsylvania 21 21 18 18 18 18
Rhode Island 21 21 18 18 18 18
South Dakota 18 at Indian Casinos - - - - -
South Carolina 21 (cruise only) 18 18 18 - -
Tennessee - - 18 18 - -
Texas 21 21 21 18 18 21
Utah 21 21 18 - - -
Vermont 21 21 - - - -
Virginia 21 18 18 18 18 -
Washington 18 18 18 18 18 18
West Virginia 21 21 18 18 - 18
Wisconsin 21 21 18 18 - 21
Wyoming 21 21 18 18 - 18

States Where You Can Gamble at 18 and 21

If you have ever wondered what states you can gamble in at 18, the information is broken down clearly below. In most states, you have to be either 18 or 21 to gamble for real money, but this varies by state and depends on the casinos themselves as Native American casinos enjoy a special status.

18+ can gamble: 22 states 21+ can gamble: 35 states
18+ can gamble: 22 states
18+ can make all types of bets
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
18+ can make some but not all bets
  • California
  • Oregon
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Delaware
18+ can make pari-mutuel bets only
  • Washington
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
The West
The Southwest
New Mexico
The Midwest
South Dakota
The Southeast
The Northeast
New York

What’s the Minimum Legal Gambling Age for Local Casinos?

The minimum age for gambling in the US varies between 18 and 21 depending on the state. If you want to find a casino near you, check out the map below to see every state’s minimum gambling age.

Depending on which state you’re in, you could be legal for casino gambling as early as 18 years old, or you might have to wait until you’re 21. Enter your location below to see the minimum legal gambling ages for sports and casinos by state.

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Common US Gambling Questions

Here we tackle the most frequent questions players ask us about gambling in the US, as answered by's market expert for casino gaming, Neil Meyer. From the amount of people betting on and offline to the tax status of your winnings, these answers cover the important details of the casino and gambling market overall, as well as what you need to know as a player.
You asked...
Who regulates the American gaming industry?
We answered...

Local casinos

There is little nation-wide licensing or regulation of US gambling as a whole, with the exception of tribal gaming, which is authorized by the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Each US States is in charge of regulating its own gaming entities. Most states have established gaming commissions or lottery boards to oversee the gaming activities in the state.

Online casinos

The legality of online poker and casino sites in the US also depends on which state you’re in. Some American states including New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware have set up their own state-wide online poker and casino sites.

These state-run online casinos have the best safety and security for players because they’re subject to stricter licensing laws within the US. Some offshore casinos also accept US players, and those are regulated by various established e-gaming licensing bodies located around the world.

You asked...
How many Americans gamble regularly?
We answered...

Local casinos

A 2005 study showed that 85% of adults in the United States gambled at least once in their lives, and 80% of them had gambled in the past year. The exact number of people gambling in the US is hard to pin down precisely, but considering that gambling is estimated to be a $250 billion annual industry that supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide, you can bet it’s a huge number.

Online casinos

In 2007, according to a Topline Findings report, 23 million Americans played poker regularly, and 15 million of them played online for real money. Of those, seven million of them played online poker at least once per month. The number of Americans gambling real money on casino games online is estimated to be even bigger.

You asked...
Do I have to pay taxes on my iGaming winnings?
We answered...

Local casinos

Yes. The United States government requires a 25% tax on gambling winnings that exceed $600 at a horse track, $1,200 at a slot machine or bingo game, $1,500 in keno, and $5,000 in poker tournaments.

Online casinos

The same rules apply to online casino winnings, no matter where the internet gambling company is based. Players can often deduct losses to offset the amount of tax owed, but a tax specialist should help with that decision. In addition, state taxes vary in America, so check with someone familiar with the tax situation of the state in question.

You asked...
Can I use USD to bet?
We answered...

Local casinos

Local US casinos all use USD for betting and for paying out winnings. All casinos are also able to exchange any major currencies for US dollars on premises.

Online casinos

Even though they’re based in other countries, many international online casinos and poker sites operate using US dollars because it is a globally recognized currency. Players can deposit, play and withdraw in USD. Many sites also accept other major international currencies.

You asked...
How do Americans know their funds are safe?
We answered...

Local casinos

Casino gambling is heavily regulated in the United States, meaning all casinos and sportsbooks are subject to tons of oversight, rules and regular audits. Casinos are required by law to protect their customer’s money and you can always trust them to protect your money and pay out winning bets.

Online casinos

Players in the United States concerned about funds on an international online casino or poker site should look for proper licensing and a symbol from eCOGRA when choosing which site to play at.

The eCOGRA symbol represents the approval of a major international oversight organization that conducts regular audits and ensures that the site is operating fairly and ensuring the safety and security of players.

You asked...
Is fair play guaranteed at online casinos?
We answered...

The best online casinos that cater to American players use random number generators to ensure fair play. They also use encryption software to make sure that all player information is secure within the site. Making sure the casino has a valid e-gambling license from an accepted regulatory body is a big step to guaranteeing fair play.

You asked...
Does a player have recourse if they suspect unfair activity?
We answered...

Local casinos

If you suspect any unfair activity at a casino you can report it directly to casino security. If you suspect the casino staff or games you also have the option to contact the state gaming commission that oversees the casino you’re visiting.

Online casinos

Online gamblers can always report a site or players on a site to the company that holds the online casino license. Regarding off-shore casinos, Americans don't have recourse with the US-government because of its refusal to regulate as of yet, but the licensing institution, along with any oversight organization like eCOGRA, will be responsible for looking into any concerns about unfair activity.

The Gambling Markets Available in the US


Americans absolutely love gambling, and you’ll find land-based casinos in almost every state. Blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and slots are among the most popular games in the US. The same is true of online gambling, as US players spend billions every year playing online casino games at government-run and off-shore casino sites.


Whether it’s live or online, Americans play poker in large numbers. The game exploded in popularity in the early 2000s after Chris Moneymaker won the world championship and millions of dollars, and for years it seemed poker was on every time you turned on the television. Now Americans have fewer options to play poker online, but it’s still available in casinos in almost every state in the country.

Sports Betting

Sports betting is experiencing a renaissance in the US, thanks to a huge decision by the Supreme Court to give each state the authority to legalize sports gambling. A handful of states have already started licensing casinos and sportsbooks, and more are following all the time. Americans love betting on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and tons more sports, so get ready for big things coming soon for US sports betting.


Bingo is a classic American game, and it’s not limited to retirees and church fundraisers. Americans all over the country play bingo in large numbers both locally and online. Bingo is also accessible in some states that don’t currently allow other forms of real money gambling, which has only added to the game’s popularity.


Lotteries are big business in the US, and some jackpots are now reaching more than $1 billion. Lotteries are run by states or groups of states, and offer players tons of different gambling options in addition to just picking numbers. Some state lotteries run sports betting pools and some offer other special games.

Responsible Gaming for Americans

Americans have many resources for responsible gaming and problem gambling. The National Center for Responsible Gaming is dedicated to researching the subject and promoting better education and awareness. Help can be found there, as well as through Gamblers Anonymous. - National Center for Responsible Gaming, researching the field of gambling disorders and offering training to health providers, as well as youth and college programs. - Gamblers Anonymous offers several online resources to help with addiction, as well as ways to get in touch. Those with problems, or those concerned about a friend or family member with a problem or addiction, are free to use the search engine to find open or closed meetings located in every state around

Disclaimer: Online Gambling laws differ in each country around the world and are subject to change. We thus urge our readers to check their local laws before engaging in online gambling, and we do not condone any gambling in jurisdictions where it is not permitted. is not a gambling operator, no gambling facilities are offered on this site, and we cannot be held responsible for activities engaged upon on third-party sites.