Minnesota Online Gambling & Betting

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In the state of Minnesota, you can't bet on sports (apart from legal horse racing sites) or wager in an online casino and the North Star State hasn't made specific rulings on Daily Fantasy games or eSports, but you can play the lottery through retailers who have a license to sell tickets.

Minnesota Online Gambling & Betting

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Minnesota Online Gambling & Betting

To play in the lottery, you must be 18 years old, and this is true for any form of gambling in Minnesota. Any land-based casinos you visit only allow those aged 21 and above due to alcohol licensing laws.

Online Casino in Minnesota

In Minnesota, online casino gambling is illegal. There are no laws or regulations in place from the state licensing these. However, if you do like slots and table games, there are alternatives. There are around 20 land-based casinos in the North Star State, most of which are Native American style. Tribal territories have different laws governing what they can be used for. Mystic Lake Casino by the banks of Prior Lake has various slots that you can play for a dime at a time, for example. Table games, including blackjack and poker, are also popular in Minnesota casinos.

Sports Betting in Minnesota

With the exception of horse racing, sports betting in Minnesota is illegal. That goes for online sportsbooks and mobile gambling too. This is even though there are many major league teams in the North Star State. The Minnesota Twins play in MLB, Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA, Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, and Minnesota Wild in the NHL. With horse racing, parimutuel betting in Minnesota is allowed at the racino attached to the racetrack at Canterbury Park. This is the premier horse racing venue in the state with bets settled based on a racehorse's popularity in the pool of total stakes.

Online Poker in Minnesota

Without regulation from the state, online poker betting in Minnesota is illegal. You can always play this popular card game by visiting one of the licensed brick and mortar casinos in the North Star State, though. As noted, there are around 20 land-based casinos in this state. The Canterbury Park racino in Shakopee has poker rooms where you can play all your favorite types, including Texas Hold ‘Em, Three Card Poker, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Seven Card Stud. Poker tournaments are held at most casinos in Minnesota too, so there is plenty of play to be had without the internet.

Daily Fantasy in Minnesota

There is nothing in Minnesota state law about the legality of Daily Fantasy sports betting. It has not been made illegal, but nor is it recognized as gambling. While this ambiguity exists, leading Daily Fantasy sports (DFS) operators including Fantasy Draft and FanDuel have a presence in and accept players from Minnesota. They provide DFS games on major leagues like the NBA, NHL, and NFL. The North Star State may move to clarify its position on Daily Fantasy in the future.

Esports in Minnesota

With eSports wagering in Minnesota not legalized by the state without regulation, it is best avoided. Many gamers enjoy playing eSports including Overwatch and Counter-Strike, so the North Star State may need to make a ruling one way or the other about this. 

Lottery in Minnesota

Although lottery betting in Minnesota is legal, you can't do it online. You can view the draws for games including Mega Millions and Lotto America over the internet and check the results. If you want to play the lottery in Minnesota, then you have to go and buy a ticket from a licensed retailer.

Horse Racing Betting in Minnesota

The legality of horse racing betting in Minnesota is limited. The North Star State has Canterbury Park in Shakopee where you can bet on-track. You can also make parimutuel wagers in land-based casinos on tribal land which have sportsbooks, and through online sites like TVG who accept Minnesota residents.

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