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Current through Mar 22, 2017

Click on the name of a State in the table below to read the excerpted text  of its basic gambling laws. Websites containing state statutes are available for all states, although they may be out of date. The excerpts presented here are taken from those websites. also provides hyperlinks to those websites for most of the gambling laws that are excerpted.  It may take a long time before new provisions of a state law are incorporated into the online text the state makes available.  Before acting on any information contained in you should get up to date and to the point advice from a lawyer.

The excerpts generally include state constitutional provisions specifically about gambling, "aiding and abetting" provisions of the state's criminal laws, the basic criminal gambling laws and some references to the legalized gaming laws in a few of the states.  Coverage of state charitable gaming laws is provided by links on my Charitable Gaming page.

Online gambling and poker legislation in the U.S. is changing on a state by state basisNew Jersey, for example, legalized online gambling and poker in November 2013, offering some hope to U.S. players in other states for online casinos. Read below for a breakdown of other states to see the latest law updates. focuses primarily on the state laws applicable to lotteries, social gambling and illegal, unlicensed casino-style, or professional, gambling.  Legalized gaming, where dealt with, is covered in a more summary form.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut   
Delaware District of Columbia      
Florida Georgia Hawaii   
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana   
Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan
Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota   
Tennessee Texas      
Utah Vermont Virginia   
Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Model Anti-Gambling Act, with Comments
(Originally adopted in 1952, declared "obsolete" in 1984, by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.)  This Act was adopted in Colorado, Indiana and Tennessee (which subsequently adopted a complete ban on gambling in 1989), and may have influenced other state anti-gambling statutes.