Minnesota Online Casinos

Minnesota’s gambling landscape is defined by several tribal casinos, a small pari-mutuel industry, a state lottery, and an odd collection of games uniquely popular to the state. It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes — but not nearly as many gambling choices.

Unfortunately, there are no online casinos in the mix — in fact, there’s no real online gambling options in the North Star State.

Efforts to allow online casinos in Minnesota, sports betting sites, and even daily fantasy sports, meanwhile, have frozen solid. The state as a whole leans heavily toward no online gambling at this time. However, this page will keep you updated on when and if online gambling moves forward in Minnesota.

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Are online casinos legal in Minnesota?

No, real money online casinos are not legal in Minnesota. The casino apps available in nearby Michigan cannot be found in Minnesota at this time.

Sweepstakes and Social Casinos

Still, Minnesotans have several solid options for sweepstakes and social casino gaming in the state. Popular social casinos in Minnesota include Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots. Top sweepstakes casino is Funzpoints. These sites are very similar to traditional online casinos in play and experience but use a sweepstakes or social casino model and a dual-currency system.

For a more simple form of online casino gaming, Minnesotans can play on social casino apps. The best ones are directly tied to in-state casinos. Five casinos all have direct links to Double Down Casino, for example — one of the largest providers of social casino gaming.

  • Grand Casino Hinckley
  • Grand Casino Mille Lacs
  • Seven Clans Red Lake
  • Seven Clans Thief River Falls
  • Seven Clans Warroad

A sixth casino, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, offers visitors a self-branded social site. These offerings are typically a less risk way for casinos and potential players to find one another. They allow players to experiment with the slots at a property without risking any money.

Can you gamble online in Minnesota?

No. In the truest sense of the term, there is no legal online gambling in Minnesota. Online casinos and online poker sites do not exist legally in the state. Online sports betting has yet to come to the state either.

That doesn’t mean there are no online options at all. You can find horse betting sites in Minnesota, for example. Meanwhile, daily fantasy sports sites continue to operate in the state. Minnesota attempted unsuccessfully to regulate DFS in 2017, but companies like DraftKings and FanDuel serve customers in Minnesota nonetheless.

Will Minnesota regulate online gambling in the future?

The chances for legal online gambling in Minnesota do not appear good due to the state’s history. It would appear Minnesotans are ambivalent toward online gambling and online casino gaming, which keeps energy for it among politicians at a low ebb.

Legal online gambling sites in Minnesota

To be clear, there is no legal online gambling in Minnesota. If and when Minnesota does legalize online casinos, the sites will be clearly noted as legal in the state and likely will include the state gaming commission seal somewhere on the app or website. Any site saying otherwise is wrong or being dishonest. Unless it’s a sweepstake site like the ones mentioned above, the online casinos accepting Minnesota players are based offshore. Minnesota, for its part, is very clear on the consequences of playing on one of these offshore gambling sites:

“Online sports betting and online casinos that take your money and offer prizes via the web are illegal in Minnesota. There are websites available that operate outside of the United States to purposefully avoid laws and enforcement. Not only is it a crime to participate, there are consumer protection concerns as well. When you send money, you are giving your personal financial and banking information to unknown persons that are not licensed or regulated in handling it. If you do win, there is no recourse if they do not pay you.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. You don’t know who owns, who runs, or who regulates — if anyone — these sites. And you have no idea if your money is ever coming back or who might get a look at the personal information that you provide when setting up an account. In short, don’t take the risk. Play on a sweepstakes casino site instead.

Who regulates gambling in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board oversees the legal charitable gambling industry in the state, which includes bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, and raffles. Lawful gambling is conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations. Tribal casinos are regulated by the individual tribal gaming authorities. The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association is the outreach and educational arm of the 11 federally recognized tribes in the state.

What is the legal gambling age in Minnesota?

The minimum age to gamble legally in Minnesota is 18. It’s unclear if this would change, however, if Minnesota ever legalizes online gambling. Most legal states require online gambling customers to be 21 years of age or older.

Are there retail casinos in Minnesota?

Yes, there are 19 tribal casinos in Minnesota, but no commercially owned casinos like those you might find in Las Vegas or Detroit. Minnesota racetracks, however, operate as racetracks/cardrooms. Both the Canterbury Park and Running Aces tracks offer poker and blackjack among other table games.

Tribal casinos in Minnesota

Eleven Native American tribes run the 19 tribal casinos in the state. Some of the facilities are quite smal
l, though, with only a few hundred slot machines and a smattering of table games. Others are as large as any Las Vegas Strip casino. Two of them (Mystic Lake and Treasure Island) offer more than 100,000 square feet of gambling space.

Of the 11 tribes, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and the White Earth Nation lead the way in terms of properties. Each tribe manages three locations. White Earth Nation also owns a slew of other properties. Fortunately, these properties are spread throughout the state, cutting down on the chances of cannibalizing player bases. Below are all the casinos in the state and where to find them.

Casino Tribal Operator Address Phone Live Poker
Black Bear Casino Resort Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718 1-888-771-0777 Y
Cedar Lakes Casino Hotel Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 6268 Upper Cass Frontage Road NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633 844-LL-GAMING Y
Fond-du-Luth Casino Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 129 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802 800-873-0280 N
Fortune Bay Resort Casino Bois Forte Band of Chippewa 1430 Bois Forte Road, Tower, MN 55790 800-992-7529 Y
Grand Casino Hinckley Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley, MN 55037 800-472-6321 Y
Grand Casino Mille Lacs Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 777 Grand Ave., Onamia, MN 56359 800-626-5825 Y
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Grand Portage Band of Chippewa 70 Casino Drive, Grand Portage, MN 55605 800-543-1384 N
Jackpot Junction Casino Upper Sioux Community 39375 County Highway 24, Morton, MN 56270 507-697-8000 Y
Little Six Casino Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 2450 Sioux Trail NW, Prior Lake MN 55372 952-403-5525 N
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372 800-262-7799 Y
Northern Lights Casino Hotel and Event Center Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 6800 Y Frontage Road NW, Walker, MN 56484 844-LL-GAMING Y
Prairie?s Edge Casino Resort Upper Sioux Community 5616 Prairie?s Edge Lane, Granite Falls, MN 56241 320-564-2121 Y
Seven Clans Casino Red Lake Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians 10200 Highway 89, Red Lake, MN 56671 888-679-2501 N
Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians 20595 Center St. East, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 800-881-0712 N
Seven Clans Casino Warroad Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians 34966 605th Ave., Warroad MN 56763 800-815-8293 Y
Shooting Star Casino Bagley White Earth Nation 13325 340th St., Bagley, MN 56621 800-453-7827 Y
Shooting Star Casino Mahnomen White Earth Nation 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557 800-453-7827 Y
Treasure Island Resort & Casino Prairie Island Indian Community 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089 800-222-7077 Y
White Oak Casino Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 45830 US Highway 2, Deer River, MN 56636 844-LL-GAMING N

Horse racing in Minnesota

Voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in 1982. Canterbury Downs, the first pari-mutuel racetrack in Minnesota, opened in 1985. The facility briefly closed, but then reopened, in the 1990s. It wasn’t until 2008 that the harness track Running Aces joined it in the state.

Minnesota racetracks now also operate as cardrooms with a variety of table games and poker rooms. Neither facility has slot machines so, in truth, they operate purely as a sort of cardroom racetrack and not a traditional racino.

Canterbury Park

  • Owner/Operator: Canterbury Park Holding Corporation
  • Address: 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Contact: 952-445-7223
  • Horse racing: Thoroughbred

Canterbury Park features an assortment of table games and poker. The table games include blackjack, free bet blackjack, EZ-baccarat, Face-Up Pai Gow Poker, Criss Cross Poker, Blazing 7s Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Three-Card poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, and I LUV Suits. The card room also features Texas Hold ’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, and other poker mixed games. The poker room has 14 tables and is open 24 hours a day.

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

  • Owner/Operator: North Metro Harness Initiative
  • Address: 15201 Running Aces Blvd., Columbus, MN 55025
  • Contact: 651-925-4600
  • Horse racing: Harness

Running Aces has a full complement of poker including Omaha, Texas Hold ’em, and stud. There are numerous promotional offers available, including late-night $50/hand g
ames. Table games include blackjack, $1 blackjack, free bet blackjack, pai gow, EZ Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, 3-Card Poker, 4-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Aces Live 5-Card Draw Poker.

Is horse betting legal in Minnesota?

Yes. Pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Minnesota. Players can make bets in person at Canterbury Park (thoroughbreds) or Running Aces Casino & Racetrack (harness) or go online. Online horse betting is legal in Minnesota with sites like TVG active in the state.

History of gambling in Minnesota

Minnesota’s experience with gambling is largely tied to the state’s history with Native American tribes. Tribes native to Minnesota have negotiated one of the most beneficial compacts with any US state. To this day, they have a strong position within the state and carry the bulk of gambling allowed in the state.

Minnesota was the first state to negotiate a compact under the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act of 1988. Incredibly, it did not negotiate any tax contribution from the tribes’ gambling activities. Furthermore, the state cannot renegotiate the deal without approval from the tribes (which they’ll likely never give). So, Minnesota is both terrific and terrible for gambling. There are plenty of tribal casinos, to be sure, but it appears unlikely there will ever be any other kind of online casinos in the state.

Everything gambling-related in Minnesota seemed to happen at the same time. The 1980s brought pari-mutuel betting (1983), tribal gaming (1988), and the state lottery (1989) into legal existence. These advancements led to the relatively bright situation in Minnesota. There are 19 casinos, two racetrack/cardrooms, and a multitude of games offered under the Minnesota state lottery program.

Additionally, while legal sports betting has spread to many areas of the US — and to many of Minnesota’s neighboring states — betting on sports in Minnesota is still illegal.

Responsible gambling in Minnesota

Those who believe they have a problem controlling their gambling have many avenues for help in Minnesota. A recent study showed that 56,000 Minnesotans struggle with gambling and another 150,000 are at risk. If you believe you are one of them, call 800-333-HOPE for “free, confidential information and referral to services in your area,” according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Other resources include Get Gambling Help and myriad state-approved health providers. On top of that, you can reach out to national resources including the following:

Additionally, a few tribal casinos in the state offer their own self-exclusion programs. In fact, each tribe operates its own gaming authority and problem gambling programs, according to the American Gaming Association. But the tribes are not required to offer a self-exclusion program as stated in the compacts with the state, and not all tribal casinos offer such programs. Mystic Lake and Little Six casino properties have a self-exclusion policy “for guests who no longer wish to have access to casino privileges.” Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch offers guests a Self-Limit Access Program that allows them to cancel access to the casino and all marketing materials.

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