Casino Gambling in Hawaii

Hawaii Casino Guide

Hawaiians might seem a little isolated from the rest of the country, at least geographically speaking. But that doesn't mean they have to feel so isolated from gambling over in Honolulu or Pearl City. And up until recently they did. There are no legal casinos in the state of Hawaii. Nor is there a state lottery. Or charitable bingo operations. In fact, if you wanted to gamble up until a few years ago, you'd need to hop on a cruise ship or head over to Las Vegas.

But that's all changed over the last decade. Today, Hawaiians can gamble whenever and wherever they like thanks to Hawaii legit online gambling casinos.

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Hawaii Stats
  • Population: 1,392,313
  • Land Size: 6,422 sq. miles
  • Population 18+: 77.8%
  • Gambling Age (Casinos): N/A
  • Gambling Age (Lottery): N/A
  • Number of Casinos: 0
Hawaii Random Facts
HI Random Facts
  • Hawaii is America's only coffee-growing state
  • Coffee is great for staying awake at Hawaii's 24/7 online casinos
  • Save your pennies for the slots - it's illegal to put them in your ear according to state law
  • Nickname: Aloha State

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Hawaii has no land-based casinos

History of Hawaii Casino Gambling

Hawaii Casinos

Hawaii doesn't have much of a history when it comes to legal state gambling. In fact, in addition to not having any sort of casino properties on the island, gambling is technically not legalized. Hawaii remains just one of two states with no legalized gambling of any kind.

Over the last few years, state legislators have tried to pass a bill that would legalize Internet gaming and capture the online casino Hawaii market. The latest bill recognizes that tens of thousands of Hawaiian gamble online at offshore sites.

Local Casino Venues

There are no casino properties in Hawaii. No private casinos. No small convenience stores with video poker or slots. No Native American casinos. Nothing. At all. But social gambling is permitted within state borders, so many Hawaii gamblers play games of skill against each other within the confines of their own homes. And Hawaiians who want to win big money usually play at Hawaii gambling online casino sites which are accesible anywhere, from Hilo to Kailua.

Unfortunately, because the cruise ship casino isn't stationary, playing casino games isn't as easy as walking on board whenever you like. We're talking about a boat here, and it runs on a specific schedule. What's more, you must pay a few bucks to enter the casino. While the cruise ship casino offers an experience to remember, the inconvenience factor means that a lot of serious gamblers prefer to play at casino sites online for real money.

Casino Gambling Age Restrictions

When a state doesn't have legalized gambling, it can be confusing to know what the legal gambling age might be. To gamble on a cruise ship that departs from or arrives at Hawaii, you must be 21 years of age or older. This might come as a bit of a shock to Europeans and Caribbean cruisers who are often free to play casino games on cruise ships at 18 years old. The same law applies online. While many online casinos will offer accounts to those over the age of 18, Hawaii online gamblers should be at least 21 before taking part in any online casino game in Hawaii.

The State of Online Gambling in Hawaii

Hawaii has tried to pass an Internet gaming act ever since the Department of Justice issued a legal opinion that said their interpretation of the federal wire act no longer applies to casino games and poker. They haven't been very successful.

The state government is currently trying to pass a bill that would create the Hawaii Internet and Gaming Corporation, which would eventually provide legal, secure, and authorized Hawaii online casino games. It likely won't succeed.

The Future of Hawaii Casino Gambling

With no authorized Hawaii Internet casinos sites, nor any land-based casinos, the future of Hawaii casino gambling looks a bit, well, depressing. At least on the surface.

But here's the deal. Even without the state's involvement, Hawaiians are taking it upon themselves to enjoy casino gambling games at the many online casinos open to them. In fact, with limited gambling opportunities on the island, you'll notice a lot of Hawaii online casino players the next time you sign on to play. Say Aloha to them.

Gambler's Note: Hawaii casino laws are always changing. The information on this page is for informational purposes only. Always consult Hawaii state law and local regulations before playing at an Hawaii online gambling site.

State Gambling Resources

Gamblers Anonymous Hawaii

Even though there are not any casinos on the islands, there are still people who can help with problem gambling. Visit a Gamblers Anonymous meeting near you if you think you might have a problem.
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