Hawaii has some of the most prohibitive gambling laws in the entire United States. Online gaming and poker are totally banned, and even lotteries and horse racing betting is prohibited. Cruise casinos making their way into Hawaiian waters have been known to have been banned too.
Some social gaming is allowed as long as it is restricted to private establishments and the home. Don’t expect to find a state lottery in Hawaii, either. The Aloha State is one of a few US states where lotteries are prohibited. We hope however that online gambling laws in Hawaii will change in 2020.
In an unexpected move, Hawaii has legalized sporting legislation in motion. Their bill follows the model set by Delaware and is moving forward in the statehouse. Hawaii has some of the strictest gambling laws in the U.S., so this is a bold move forward. Online sports betting is expected to be legalized in Hawaii by 2020 or 2021.
There are no casinos, online or on-land, in Hawaii and although efforts have been made over the years to change this, they always find considerable opposition from the voters. As mentioned, there is a sports betting bill progressing in the state so it will be interesting to see if this creates a snowball effect.
Online poker, as with everything else, is currently illegal in Hawaii leaving the off-shore poker sites as players only option.
One of only a handful of states in the union without a lottery, it goes without saying Hawaii has some of the strictest gambling laws of any state. This may be changing though as the state has legislation pending to create a lottery to help combat homelessness. As with sports betting, only time will tell but, one thing is for sure, the effort is growing.
The DFS industry has come to Hawaii and there is also legislation to legalize sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings in the state. They are deemed illegal as of now, but this is one of the many areas where Hawaii may be changing its ways.
Horse racing betting is legal in Hawaii and the state does offer a few tracks and Off-Track Betting facilities. You can even use several online sites to wager on horse racing from all around the world online.