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Sports Betting in Minneapolis, MN

Author: AmericanGambler1234 | Last Updated: September 11, 2019

This is our quick Minneapolis (MN) online sports betting options overview. Check the gambling sites, legal sportsbooks, mobile apps.  You can bet at the best Minneapolis casinos (Running Aces Casino & Racetrack), live horse racing venue at Canterbury Downs Horse Racing Track (get $50 welcome bonus) and other sports betting destinations – more here. All these gambling locations offer promotions and bonus offers (without a code).

Minneapolis Sports Betting Guide

When looking at gambling in Minnesota, one has to look all the way back to their Native American tribes, although it’s only really in the last 60 years that things have started to move.

Charity gambling is enormous here and coupled with the tribal gaming activities, there’s plenty to keep Minneapolis residents busy. Horse-racing has also been a popular entertainment industry here.

Minneapolis charity bingo and raffle games were legalized here in 1945, and now worth over $1 billion a year. Each business involved has to have a license, and the stakes and prizes are kept relatively low. These games have grown over the years to include pull-tab games and more recently electronic versions of lottery or pull-tabs. In recent years, remote tablet device style pull tabs will be allowed at football stadiums under charity gambling laws.

Horse racing is absolutely legal in Minneapolis, though pari-mutuel betting was brought in later than in many states, coming into legislation in the 1980’s, compared to the 1920’s or 1930’s. Visit Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino & Racetrack. There is also a popular lottery.

Minneapolis sports betting legislation is quite explicit. It takes the ‘if we do not make it explicitly legal, then it is illegal’ route to their gambling laws. The making of an actual bet is more important than whether a game is of chance, skill or some combination of those two. Private social bets are fine, as is charity gambling, licensed lotteries and pari-mutuel sports betting at licensed racetracks.

So, will Minneapolis legalize sports betting? In 2019, the State Legislature introduced the Safe and Regulated Sports Gambling Act of 2019 to authorize sports wagering exclusively in tribal casinos. The bill establishes a five-member Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission to establish rules and regulations. Sports betting in Minneapolis could be happening. However, although the bill passed out of Committee in the Senate, it’s expected to fail because of tribal government opposition to the measure.