Casino Gambling in Minnesota

Minnesota Casino Guide

On the surface, Minnesota seems like a casino gambler's paradise. After all, with 19 legal casinos spread throughout the state, including 17 Native American casinos and two racetrack/card room properties, you'd think that it was easy to gamble if you're not a fan of Minnesota online gambling sites and would rather play live.

And you'd be wrong. Love craps? Then you're going to hate Minnesota casinos. The land-based properties only offer blackjack table games. Nothing else. Your only other choice? Slots, poker, and bingo. Of course, for fans of online gambling, Minnesota offers great options through privately run, offshore casinos that players from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester alike can enjoy. And there's some hope that a state-run online casino in Minnesota could emerge. Read on for more.

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Minnesota Stats
Stats
  • Population: 5,379,139
  • Land Size: 79,626 sq. miles
  • Population 18+: 76.1%
  • Gambling Age (Casinos): 18
  • Gambling Age (Lottery): 18
  • Number of Casinos: 19
Minnesota Random Facts
MN Random Facts
  • America's largest mall is here
  • The only table game you can play live is Blackjack
  • Scotch tape was invented here
  • Nickname: North Star State
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Top Minnesota Casinos

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN 55372
1-952-445-9000
www.mysticlake.com

Shooting Star Casino

777 Casino Road
Mahnomen, MN 56557
1-800-453-7827
www.starcasino.com

Jackpot Junction

39375 County Highway 24
Morton, MN 56270
1-507-697-8000
www.jackpotjunction.com

Grand Casino Minnesota

777 Lady Luck Dr
Hinckley, MN 55037
1-763-488-1899
www.grandcasinomn.com

Treasure Island Resort & Casino

5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Welch, MN 55089
1-800-222-7077
www.treasureislandcasino.com

History of Minnesota Gambling

Minnesota Casinos

While legal Casino gambling in Minnesota is relatively new, modern gambling as a whole dates back to 1945, when bingo was legalized for the first time. As the lottery craze swept the nation, Minnesota tried to get in on the action by introducing a bill to legalize the lottery in Minnesota. However, the Minnesota State Lottery didn't start until 1990.

And it was about time. By 1989, the state had negotiated compacts with seven tribes to offer video gambling after the Supreme Court ruled that tribes could offer any form of gambling that a state permits. By 1993, a total of 17 casinos dotted the Minnesota state map, and it's estimated that over $5 billion had been wagered by casino gamblers.

By 2003, nearly $6 billion was being wagered at Minnesota Internet casinos, and the state wanted a piece. But instead of enacting online casino legislation in Minnesota, they tried to bring a casino to the Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States. However, before the bill could be voted on, it was withdrawn.

Local Casino Venues

There are 19 land-based casino properties to play at, including two racetracks and 17 casinos run by Native American tribes. None of the casinos offer a solid variety of table games and there are some odd differences between the racetracks and the Native American casinos.

Both types of properties offer live dealer blackjack and poker, however only the Native American casino properties are legally allowed to offer slot machines and video poker machines. If you're into craps, roulette, or baccarat, you won't find the live version at the racetrack of at the live casinos. Your best bet for that is a Minnesota online casino site, of which there are literally thousands.

Casino Gambling Age Restrictions

Both types of properties offer live dealer blackjack and poker, however only the Native American casino properties are legally allowed to offer slot machines and video poker machines. If you're into craps, roulette, or baccarat, you won't find the live version at the racetrack of at the live casinos. Your best bet for that is a Minnesota online casino site, of which there are literally thousands.

The State of Online Gambling in Minnesota

Did you know you can actually gamble online in Minnesota? And did you know that the state actually runs its own gambling portal? It's true. The Minnesota State Lottery lets residents purchase lottery tickets online, create and manage group pool plays, and check their winnings.

But if you want to play online casino games in Minnesota, you'll need to find a site that's based outside the state. That's because Minnesota doesn't run its own state-sanctioned Minnesota online casino or poker room. Unlike a few states that already have Internet gambling sites in the works, and unlike some states that are seriously contemplating creating their own online casino, Minnesota seems to be happy with the status quo.

The good news is that Minnesota online gambling players are winning big at online casinos that have headquarters outside the state, so gamers from St. Paul to Duluth can enjoy a game. And many sites that cater to Minnesota casino games players are regulated by international gambling authorities so you can count on playing somewhere that's as honest and trustworthy as the Minnesota State Lottery.

The Future of Minnesota Casino Gambling

Before a Minnesota gambling online website emerges, the state will have to get its act together and allow more table games in their land-based properties. Until that happens, we can't see an Internet casino in Minnesota that's approved by the state popping up any time soon. But the fact that lottery tickets are already available online means that the state has a great stepping stone to jump off of.

And even with an odd mix of land-based games and all the restrictions at the Native American casinos, Minnesota gamblers are still in a good spot compared to other US states that don't offer as many casino games, online or off.

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

State Gambling Resources

Minnesota Recovery Connection

Peer support, recovery and wellness are just a few of the programs available to help you move into a better behavior mode when it comes to your gambling.
minnesotarecovery.org

Minnesota Department of Human Services/Compulsive Gambling

Facts about and signs of problem gambling activity are explored, as well as encouraging shared stories from recovering compulsive gamblers.
dhs.state.mn.us
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