North Dakota Online Casinos

North Dakota Online Casinos

North Dakota is one of the least populated states in the union. Unfortunately, the push to legalize any forms of online gambling — including online casinos — has yet to come.

But with hundreds of charitable gambling operations, several mid-sized tribal casinos, pari-mutuel wagering at two racetracks, and the availability of multi-state lotteries, the state can claim one of the highest concentrations?of gaming establishments per capita in the entire United States.

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State legal environment

Permitted/Offered? Notes & Restrictions
Retails Casinos Yes Tribal and charitable only.
Online Gambling No Considered online poker bill in 2005.
Lottery Yes Established in 2004. Multi-state only.
Charitable or House-based Gambling Yes Charity casino licenses available.
Minimum Gambling Age 21

Online gambling options

Online gambling — including online casinos — is not legal in North Dakota.

Residents and visitors may be able to access any number of offshore online casinos from inside the state. But know that gambling is against the law outside of the race tracks, charitable gaming operations, tribal casinos, and lotteries. Plus, transferring?money on and off these sites is against federal law.

Online slot games are not legal in the state, and North Dakota lawmakers have shown little interest in changing that. However, the state was one of the first to consider legal and regulated online poker.

A bill was introduced in 2005 to license and regulate online poker in North Dakota, but was voted down after the US Department of Justice advised local lawmakers online gaming was against federal law.

Online gambling in North Dakota now consists only of the ability to bet on horse races and purchase lottery subscriptions online. The issue of legal and regulated online slots or casinos does not appear on any current government agenda.

Social casino site options

Of course, people?can legally play at social casino sites in North Dakota. Since there’s no real money involved, residents and visitors are free to play on social casino sites all they want.

Social casino and sweepstakes casino games are a multi-billion dollar market. The most popular options include app-based games for Android and iOS. Players can download to a mobile device or Facebook-based apps, which are operated through the social media site.

These include casino-style games developed by industry leaders, such as Zynga, Activision Blizzard, Korean Nexon, and Supercell. Social gaming revenues reached more than $1.5 in the United States in 2016. However,?Asia remains the largest market with $2.2 billion in revenue in 2015 and more than 500 million users reported.

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Charitable gaming

North Dakota has had legalized charitable gaming since 1977. Charitable gaming in the state is regulated by a five-member commission, an arm of the state attorney general’s office. It grants licenses to nonprofit organizations permitting bingo, raffles, pull-tabs, punchboards, sports pools, blackjack, poker, Calcutta pools, and paddlewheels. There are as many as 800 small charitable casino operations running across the state, but in accordance with the law, none offer slot machines.

Net proceeds must be used for educational, charitable, patriotic, fraternal, or religious purposes. Only veteran, charitable, educational, religious, fraternal, civic and service, public safety or public-spirited organizations are granted licenses. Many of these organizations?have partnered with bars, restaurants, and other service organizations across the state to run the charitable casino operations.

Retail Casinos

The state signed its first tribal gaming compacts in the early 1990s. Further compacts were negotiated in 1999 and 2013. Construction of tribal casinos soon followed. There are now five mid-sized tribal casinos across the state and a half-dozen smaller operations that offer table games, poker, bingo, and thousands of slot machines.

The Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson has a 120-room hotel, 1,500-seat convention center, and more than 900 reel and video slot machines, blackjack, roulette wheels, craps, and poker. The 4 Bears Casino & Lodge has a lodge and an RV park. The casino offers real money blackjack, craps, poker, video poker, keno, and more than?700 slot machines.

The Prairie Knights Casino in Fort Yates has a 200-room lodge with a 129-foot water slide. The casino has blackjack, craps, three-card poker, ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, plus?more than 700 slot machines, video poker and video keno games. The Sky Dancer Casino and Resort in Belcourt was recently expanded to include a restaurant and entertainment pavilion. There are now more than 700 of the latest slot machines on the property as well.

The Spirit Lake Casino in Devils Lake features a full-service marina, log cabins, an RV park, and a hotel on the south shores of the lake. The casino has craps, blackjack, three-card poker, and more than 700 reel and video slot machines.

Several other smaller tribal casino operations are littered around North Dakota, most with 250 slot machines or less on the property.

Pari-mutuel betting

North Dakota has had legalized pari-mutuel gambling since 1990, and there are currently two horse racing facilities operating: Chippewa Downs Racetrack and North Dakota Horse Park. There are no slot machines at either property.

The state established the North Dakota Lottery in 2004, but it is unique in that it only participates in multi-state lotteries and no actual in-state lottery exists. North Dakota takes part in five five multi-state lottery games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Wild Card 2, Hot Lotto, and 2by2.

Land-based slots options

Property Location Number of Slot Machines
4 Bears Casino & Lodge New Town 700
Spirit Lake Casino & Resort Devils Lake 700
Prairie Knights Casino and Resort Fort Yates 700
Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino Belcourt 700
Sky Dancer Mini Casino Belcourt 64
The Dakota Magic Casino Hankinson 1,000
Grand Treasure Casino Trenton 250

Operator profile

The 4 Bears Casino & Lodge

With 120,000 square feet of gaming space, the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge is?the largest tribal casino in North Dakota. Built in the Four Bears Village at New Town and owned and operated by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara?nations, the property features a lodge with 220 recently renovated rooms overlooking Lake Sakakawea. There is also a full-service RV park and larger accommodations available at the property’s lakeside cabins.

Dining options include the Bison Room Steakhouse, which offers?fine dining and features North Dakota prime beef, fresh seafood, and made-from-scratch desserts with a view of the lake.

The casino features blackjack, craps, and roulette with limits from $3 to $100. There is also a high-stakes blackjack area with a maximum bet of $250. Plus, the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge has more than 700 slot machines from $0.01 to $25. There is also a smoking parlor, and the Pocket Aces Lounge features bar top slot machines.

4 Bears Casino & Lodge has a free Players Club where players can earn points redeemable for food, hotel rooms, and other merchandise. Card holders can also take advantage of special benefits and discounts at?the property.

Responsible Gambling in ND

National Problem Gambling Helpline

Call: 1-800-522-4700
Text: 1-800-522-4700

You can also go to or check with the North Dakota Department of Health if additional resources are needed.