Minnesota Online Gambling

Minnesota gambling laws have a strict definition of gambling, but the state regulates several popular forms of gambling. Most of the gambling laws are the conventional, common-sense statutes one would expect from a moderate Midwestern state. Tribal casinos and bingo halls dominate Minnesota’s gambling industry, though other forms of gaming are allowed in the right circumstances.

For instance, charitable electronic pull-tab games were legalized to build an NFL stadium. Social gaming is allowed on a widespread basis. Online casinos and poker sites are not regulated, though. Read through this page to see which forms of gambling are available, along with a list of the gaming venues in Minnesota.

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Laws That Pertain to Minnesota Gambling

Minnesota’s gambling laws have a strict definition of what is “bet” is. Even if a form of gaming involves an element of skill, it is considered a bet if two or more parties strike a bargain for gain or loss. Here is the relevant part of Minnesota’s gaming law.

Minnesota Relevant state code: 750.301 et seq.; 432.201 et seq.

Section 609.75(d)(1)

A bet is a bargain whereby the parties mutually agree to a gain or loss by one to the other of specified money, property or benefit dependent upon chance although the chance is accompanied by some element of skill.

Like most other states, making a bet is a misdemeanor. Even illegal gaming operators are committing a misdemeanor in most cases, where such operations are a felony in some states. The list of misdemeanor gambling laws is listed in sub-section 755 of Section 609 of Minnesota’s law.

Section 609.755

Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a misdemeanor:

(1) makes a bet;

(2) sells or transfers a chance to participate in a lottery;

(3) disseminates information about a lottery, except a lottery conducted by an adjoining state, with intent to encourage participation therein;

(4) permits a structure or location owned or occupied by the actor or under the actor’s control to be used as a gambling place; or

(5) except where authorized by statute, possesses a gambling device.

Is Gambling Legal in the State of Minnesota?

This means that most forms of gambling are illegal in Minnesota. Charitable bingo halls are legal and plentiful, but casino gambling is not. Also, online gambling is not regulated in Minnesota. Unless you want to gamble on bingo, most forms of gaming are banned.

Electronic pull-tabs, a form of raffle game, were legalized to help pay for U.S. Bank Stadium — the home of the Minnesota Vikings. The provider of electronic pull-tab equipment had trouble with the rollout and revenues were slow at first. Minnesota Gambling Control Board executive director Tom Barrett could not account for the early troubles, but they eventually were fixed. Eventually, pull-tabs generated $250 million a year to help pay for the $1.061 billion stadium.

Minnesota Gambling Laws

Type of Gambling – Offered/Licensed? – Notes & Restrictions

 

  • Online Gambling – No – Online poker and casinos are not regulated.
  • Land-Based Casinos – Yes – A few dozen brick-and-mortar tribal casinos.
  • Charitable Gaming – Yes – Bingo. Dozens of bingo halls. No other charitable games allowed.
  • Lottery Betting – Yes – Also, Powerball (1990) and Mega Millions (2010) are legal.
  • Minimum Gambling Age – 18 unless alcohol is served. Then it is 21.

Is Online Poker Legal in Minnesota?

Minnesota Online Poker Laws

Minnesota’s legislature has not legalized online poker. No major efforts have been made to pass a Minnesota online gambling bill. The state’s people do not appear concerned about gaining the ability to play online poker. Social games are legal and, in fact, are tied to land-based Minnesota casinos. These appear to be enough to satisfy Minnesotans’ need for online and mobile gaming.

Of course, many Minnesota online poker players visit unregulated offshore online cardrooms. These are not licensed under Minnesota law, though law enforcement does not prosecute residents for the games they play in the privacy of their homes.

Is Sports Betting / Daily Fantasy Sports Legal in Minnesota?

No, sports betting is not legal in Minnesota. No state lawmakers have introduced legislation to regulate sportsbooks, so Minnesota gamblers cannot legally make a bookmaker bet in the state. Since Murphy v. NCAA, the landmark US Supreme Court decision which repealed PASPA, only happened in May 2018, Minnesota lawmakers might take up in the issue in 2019 or 2020. With so many tribal casinos, legal sportsbooks might be legalized in due time, but tribal gaming compacts are complicated, so it might take time to get the legal framework right.

Minnesota’s lawmakers tried to pass daily fantasy sports regulations in 2018 (H 1415, SF1402). The bill had its first reading (February 2017), second (May 2017), and third reading (April 2018). The measure was slightly amended on April 12, 2018 to make it more acceptable to legislators. Despite that move, the bill failed to pass on April 24, 2018. Thus, the daily fantasy sports industry exists in a gray area. Most DFS operators are active in Minnesota, but it is an unregulated jurisdiction.

Does Minnesota have land-based casinos?

Yes, Minnesota has 40 land-based casinos and 2 racinos. Tribal casinos dominate the gaming industry in the Land the 10,000 Lakes. Here is a list of the many casinos you’ll find in Minnesota.

CASINOS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Bagley Shooting Star Casino – Bagley 13325 340th Street, Bagley, Minnesota 56621-4738 (800) 453-7827 170 Gaming Machines
Bejou Lean To 523 Main Street, Bejou, Minnesota 56516 (218) 935-0468 12 Gaming Machines
Callaway Callaway Liquors 406 Main Avenue, Callaway, Minnesota 56521 (218) 375-3133 22 Gaming Machines, 60 Bingo Seats
Carlton Black Bear Casino Resort 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, Minnesota 55718-8161 (218) 878-2327 1,800 Gaming Tables, 4 Poker Tables, 16 Gaming Tables, 550 Bingo Seats
Cass Lake Palace Casino & Hotel 16599 69th Avenue Northwest, CassLake, Minnesota 56633-3017 (218) 335-7000 550 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Tables, 300 Bingo Seats, 750 High-Stakes Bingo Seats
Deer River White Oak Casino 45830 US Highway 2, Deer River, Minnesota 56636-2370 (218) 246-9600 350 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Tables
Duluth Fond-du-Luth Casino 129 East Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802-2127 (218) 720-5100 690 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Machines
Grand Portage Grand Portage Lodge & Casino 70 Casino Drive, Grand Portage, Minnesota 55605-4403 (218) 475-2401 440 Gaming Machines
Granite Falls Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort 5616 Prairie’s Edge Lane, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241-3679 (320) 564-2121 1,000 Gaming Machines, 8 Poker and Gaming Machines
Granite Falls Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store 5610 Prairie’s Edge Lane, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241-3679 (320) 564-5610 24 Gaming Machines
Hinckley Grand Casino Hinckley 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley, Minnesota 55037-6400 (320) 384-7777 2,175 Gaming Machines, 5 Poker Tables, 32 Gaming Tables, 330 Bingo Seats
Lengby Ruffed Grouse Roudhouse 1337 300th Avenue, Lengby, Minnesota 56651 (218) 668-2111 32 Gaming Machines
Mahnomen Golden Eagle Bingo 777 Southeast Casino Road, Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557-5014 (218) 936-0500 250 Bingo Seats
Mahnomen Kings Corner 101 South First Street Northwest, Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557 (218) 936-3000 6 Gaming Machines
Mahnomen Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Entertainment 777 Southeast Casino Road, Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557-5014 (218) 935-2206 996 Gaming Machines, 2 Poker Tables, 12 Gaming Tables, 365 Bingo Seats
Mahnomen The American Legion – Mahnomen 122 West Monroe Avenue, Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557-4000 (218) 935-2932 6 Gaming Machines
Mahnomen Wild Rice Lounge 207 Main Street, Mahnomen, Minnesota 56575 (218) 935-2572 6 Gaming Machines, 100 Bingo Seats
Morton Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel 39375 County Highway 24, Morton, Minnesota 56270 (507) 697-8000 1,200 Gaming Machines, 24 Poker and Gaming Machines, 225 Bingo Seats
Naytahwaush Naytahwaush Village Store 230 Shore Avenue, Naytahwaush 56566-6601 (218) 935-5855 8 Gaming Machines
Naytahwaush /strong> Pinehurts Resort 27345 County Road 4, Naytahwaush, Minnesota 56566-9307 (218) 935-5745 13 Gaming Machines, 340 Bingo Seats
Ogema Berry’s Bar 31948 Cherry Lake Road, Ogema, Minnesota 56569-9530 (218) 983-3228 14 Gaming Machines, 100 Bingo Seats
Ogema M & W Foods 401 Second Street, Ogema, Minnesota 56569 (218) 983-3233 6 Gaming Machines
Ogema Ogema Municipal Liquor Store 411 Main Street, Ogema, Minnesota 56569 (218) 983-3246 12 Gaming Machines, 50 Bingo Seats
Onamia Grand Casino Mille Lacs 777 Grand Avenue, Lake Mille Lacs, Onamia, Minnesota 56359-4500 (800) 626 5825 1,612 Gaming Machines, 8 Poker Tables, 24 Gaming Tables, 288 Bingo Seats
Ponsford Ice Cracking Lodge 30388 County Highway 35, Ponsford, Minnesota 56575-9247 (218) 573-3631 14 Gaming Machines
Prior Lake Little Six Casino 2450 Sioux Trail Northwest, Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372-9078 (952) 445-6000 770 Gaming Machines, 8 Poker and Gaming Tables
Prior Lake Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard, Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372-9004 (800) 262-7799 4,000 Gaming Machines, 78 Poker and Gaming Tables, 520 Bingo Seats
Red Lake Seven Clans Casino Red Lake 10200 Highway 89, Red Lake, Minnesota 56671-2500 (218) 679-2500 305 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Tables
Thief River Falls Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls 20595 Center Street East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701-8016 (218) 681-4062 655 Gaming Machines, 6 Poker and Gaming Tables
Tower Fortune Bay Resort Casino 1430 Bois Forte Road, Tower, Minnesota 55790-8111 (218) 753-6400 850 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker Tables, 12 Gaming Tables
Walker Northern Lights Casino 6800 Y Frontage Road Northwest, Walker, Minnesota 56484-2123 (218) 547-2744 850 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker Tables, 8 Gaming Tables
Warroad Seven Clans Casino Warroad 34966 605th Avenue, Warroad, Minnesota 56763-9022 (800) 262-7799 580 Gaming Machines, 2 Poker Tables, 4 Gaming Tables
Waubun Bears Sports Bar 1001 Pleasant Avenue, Waubun, Minnesota 56589 (218) 473-2002 10 Gaming Machines
Waubun Cedar Crest Resort 29783 387th Street, Waubun, Minnesota 56589-9319 (218) 473-2116 6 Gaming Machines
Waubun Elbow Lake Store 40419 Elbow Lake Store Road, Waubun, Minnesota 56589-9326 (218) 734-2504 8 Gaming Machines, 70 Bingo Seats
Waubun Cedar Crest Resort 29783 387th Street, Waubun, Minnesota 56589-9319 (218) 473-2116 6 Gaming Machines
Waubun Hilltop Supper Club 2304 State Highway 113, Waubun, Minnesota 56589-9148 (218) 473-2652 4 Gaming Machines
Waubun Pappy’s Café & Pizzeria 1222 1st Street, Waubun, Minnesota 56589-4048 (218) 473-2700 6 Gaming Machines
Welch Treasure Island Resort & Casino 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Minnesota 55089-9647 (651) 388-6300 2,200 Gaming Machines, 6 Poker Tables, 44 Gaming Tables, 550 Bingo Seats
White Earth M & W Service Center County Highway 34, White Earth, Minnesota 56591 (218) 983-3790 12 Gaming Machines

Does Minnesota have any legal betting tracks / shops?

Yes. Minnesota has horse racing and pari-mutuel wagers, though the venues have been turned into racinos these days to keep the tracks solvent. Below is a list of horse track racinos.

Does Minnesota allow off-track betting?

The state also does not have off-track betting facilities. Pari-mutuel wagers are made at the following racinos:

RACINOS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Columbus Running Aces Harness Park 15201 Running Aces Boulevard, Columbus, Minnesota 55025-9467 (651) 925-4600 18 Poker Tables, 59 Gaming Tables, Race Book
Shakopee Canterbury Park – Racetrack and Card Casino 1100 Canterbury Roud South, Shakopee, Minnesota 55379-1867 (952) 445-7223 31 Poker Tables, 33 Gaming Tables, Race Book

Does Minnesota allow charitable gambling?

Yes, Minnesota has charitable bingo halls. Electronic pull-tab games were legal for a time to pay for U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team and the Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA baseball team. Here is a list of the charitable bingo parlors in Minnesota.

BINGO HALLS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Roseville Roseville Bingo Hall 2525 Snelling Avenue North, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-2836 (612) 781-3184 200 Bingo Seats
St. Cloud Granite City Bingo Highway 10 South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56304 (320) 252-7100 200 Bingo Seats
St. Paul Little Canada Charity Bingo 2900 Rice Street, Suite 380, St. Paul, Minnesota 55113-2290 (651) 483-1203 150 Bingo Seats
West St. Paul West St. Paul Bingo Palace 1675 Robert Street South, West St. Paul, Minnesota 55118-3903 (651) 450-9714 N/A

Is Social gaming allowed in Minnesota?

Yes. Minnesota has a substantial social gaming presence online. Treasure Island Casino has its own online social gaming sites. Also, the various Grand Casino and Sevens Clans casinos — Seven Clans Red Lake, Grand Casino Hinckley, Seven Clans Thief River Falls, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, and Seven Clans Warroad — all have links on their websites to Double Down Casino.

Also, Slotomania, Big Fish Games, and Zynga Poker are available for play through Facebook. Each has its own social gaming app, as well. MGM Resorts’ PlayMGM social gaming site is available, but players only can play for comps and other rewards — not cash prizes.