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Alaska Online Gambling & Betting
If you're looking for online gambling in Alaska, you can enjoy daily fantasy sports, but you can't play at online casinos, bet on sports, or find a state lottery.
Legislation moves slowly in Alaska, so, as it stands, you can't find any Alaskan online gambling options that are permitted by law. The Last Frontier doesn't host land-based gambling beyond the restricted tribal venues, with some quirky exceptions.
The legal minimum age for gambling in Alaska is 18 years old, with residents needing to be at least 19 years old to play bingo or pull-tabs, and 21 or older to gamble on Alaskan cruises.
Online Casino in Alaska
You aren't permitted to play at online casinos in Alaska. Licensed and regulated online casinos in Alaska don't exist, with the state ruling that internet gaming platforms fall under the same anti-gaming device laws that govern land venues. Even the permitted land-based casinos run by Native Americans are restricted to bingo and pull-tab cards. However, many instead go on the cruises for their Alaska gambling, which open slot machine halls and rooms of table games when out of US waters. It has also been noted that, as online gambling isn't expressly outlawed there, and enforcement is non-existent, Alaskan online gambling does exist.
Sports Betting in Alaska
You can bet on quasi-sports for charity in Alaska. As is the case with online casinos, you can't find any legalized forms of online sports betting in Alaska or sportsbook operations on land. However, the absence of direct illegality and enforcement for online sports betting does see some Alaskans place sports bets online. The only explicitly permitted forms of Alaskan betting come under the charity gaming laws. The Canned Salmon Classic, Mushing Sweepstakes, Fish Derby, and Deep Freeze Classic all present wagering opportunities in Alaska, with social gambling at home also being allowed.
Online Poker in Alaska
You cannot play poker at Alaskan-operated sites. Alaska hasn't legalized online poker for the state, nor has it created a legal poker platform. However, it is common knowledge that, while you can't play online poker at a site based in Alaska, you can legally play at sites offshore. It's a technicality that many poker aficionados have explored across the United States, and while it's not explicitly regulated, the platforms are available. However, while you won't find any legal events organized by a house, social games of poker are a legal form of Alaskan gambling.
Daily Fantasy in Alaska
You can bet on daily fantasy sports in Alaska. Daily fantasy sports is the only form of clear-cut gambling in Alaska that's legal for anyone of age. On websites like FanDuel and DraftKings, residents of The Last Frontier can wager money on DFS across several popular sports. Of course, you won't find any major league or even many traditional sports teams in Alaska, but you can still bet on your DFS lineups in NHL, golf, WNBA, NASCAR, tennis, NFL, NBA, MLB, and soccer games.
Esports in Alaska
You cannot bet on esports in Alaska. Across the United States, esports is on the rise, including in Alaska, where the first sanctioned state championship took place at the start of 2020. However, as Alaska online gambling hasn't been legalized, neither has esports betting in Alaska.
Lottery in Alaska
You cannot play the state lottery in Alaska. There are a mere handful of states that don't run their own lottery in the US, and Alaska is one of them. Without a state lottery to speak of, the Alaska betting options in this regard boil down to the pull-tab cards.
Horse Racing Betting in Alaska
Unfortunately, horse racing betting in Alaska is illegal. State law says this is unlawful gambling. There are no horse racing venues in The Last Frontier, which isn't all that surprising when you consider the cold climate. Alaska does not allow online wagering on horse racing either.
Legal in Alaska Gambling Sites
Want to know more about Alaska online gambling laws, taxes and development? Follow updates at statelaws.findlaw.com/alaska-law/alaska-gambling-laws and read the local news at adn.com/section/alaska-news/