Gambling in the USA is legal, but with a huge number of all kinds of buts and restrictions. Each state has the right to enact its own laws on gambling zones and the types of gambling allowed in them. Gambling includes everything that is somehow connected with the possibility of winning: from playing “bingo” for money, lotteries and poker tournaments to roulette and sports betting. The most serious restrictions are imposed on commercial casinos.
Commercial casinos are permitted (with different types of restrictions) in the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, California, West Virginia.
And only two states have casinos allowed throughout the territory: Nevada and Louisiana.
There are about 450 commercial casinos in the US.
In another 30 states, there are several hundred casinos or places for all sorts of gambling in the territories of Native Americans, that is, in Indian lands. Games there are regulated by The National Indian Gaming Commission and agreed with the Federal Commission.
Today the largest gaming centers (with commercial casinos):
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Casinos on the water (not on land: on boats, pontoons) are legalized in Louisiana and Illinois.
The rules and nuances of the game are governed by federal, state law, the Federal Gaming Commission and the rules of the casino itself. Therefore, in different casinos, even in the same city, the rules can be very different.
Gambling games available in the USA
You can start playing only from the age of 21. People under this age are usually not allowed in casinos at all. In some casinos (if it is located in the hotel lobby, for example, and you can go through the casino from one building to another), those who still cannot walk along specially marked routes, but at the same time they cannot stop or linger along the way.
Usually, it is not allowed to take pictures in the casino. In some areas it is not even possible to carry a mobile phone with you.
Dress codes vary from casino to casino. In the hall with slot machines, you can also sit in shorts, and in halls with high stakes, which may require a separate invitation, there is usually a strict dress code close to black-tie.
The maximum bets in the casino are the business of the casino. In Nevada, for example, there are no legal restrictions on the size of the rates. The larger and richer the casino, the higher the stakes it can afford. In some casinos, rates go up to $ 50,000 and even higher (unverified information). Usually in the high-stakes room, bets from $ 100 – $ 10,000 are accepted. The story of a businessman and billionaire from Omaha – Terence Watanabe, who one evening in 2007 lost about $ 100 million in a Las Vegas casino. And this is possible only at very high rates.
For serious gamblers who make big bets and play regularly, hotels (at the casino) are happy to provide the highest level rooms for free. Most casinos provide free alcoholic drinks for players. The quality and quantity also depends on the rates. But the casino has the right to refuse a player if it suspects a gambling addict with a strong addiction or considers his behavior inadequate. In this case, the person is simply escorted out the door and may no longer be allowed. This is exactly what happened to the same Terence Watanabe as a result.
There are no restrictions on winnings. In Las Vegas, there are legends about winning millions and six-figure jackpot scoreboards above slot machines confirm this possibility. For example, a Los Angeles-based software engineer (name withheld) won a Megabucks jackpot – $ 39 million – at Excalibur Casino.