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The Most Surprising States Without Casinos

A lot of Americans tend to take casino gambling for granted. After all, Las Vegas is a short flight from pretty much anywhere in the country. And if Las Vegas is too far, Atlantic City is closer. In fact, in many cases, you don’t have to hop on a plane. Casinos dot the map in many states, so sometimes all it takes is a short drive, or even a quick bus ride. However, there are still some US states without casinos such as:

  • Utah
  • Hawaii
  • Florida – no commercial casinos, tribal casinos only
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska – no commercial casinos, tribal casinos only

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It’s not a surprise that not every state allows casino gambling. In many states, current laws don’t authorize live gambling. Read more about the big ones here:

Utah

utah07102015The state of Utah has no form of gambling whatsoever. There are no charitable casinos. No lotteries. No commercial casinos. No tribal casinos. And no racetracks. Nothing whatsoever. This should come as no surprise given the state’s Mormon roots.

Hawaii

A popular choice for honeymooners and families alike, Hawaii is a gorgeous state with incredible islands. Each island has its own charm (my favorite is Maui) and you’ll find lots of things to do wherever you go. Oahu is fairly busy, particularly Honolulu which is a major urban hub. You’ll find loads of high-end shops and lots to do. But what you won’t find is any ounce of gambling. No commercial casinos, no racinos, nada.

District of Columbia

innercolumbia07102015There aren’t any casinos in the nation’s capital. No commercial casinos, tribal casinos, or even a racetrack. I guess they didn’t want flashing lights spoiling the scenic views and historical significance of the surroundings. That said, trying to push a bill through all the political hoops is pretty much a form of gambling.

Florida

Technically, there are some casinos in Florida. Tribal casinos, to be exact. But considering Florida is a huge tourist destination, it seems odd that there are no commercial casinos or resort casinos. There’s a big reason why. Disney owns about 90% of the convention space in the state, or a figure just as ridiculous. Many allege that they have lobbied hard to keep resort style casinos out of the state, fearing that even one property in Orlando can put a huge dent in Disney’s convention space revenue.
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New Hampshire

innernewhampshire07102015The east coast state has tried to legalize casino gambling. In fact, there was a big push earlier this year. Despite support from a good chunk of the population, legalizing has become a non-starter. That could soon change, though, as neighboring states begin to license more and more casinos, including Massachusetts. As dollars leave the state, New Hampshire might want to stop the flow and keep gambling revenue at home.

Alaska

There are no commercial casinos in Alaska. Technically, tribal gaming is allowed, but other than pull tab centers, you won’t find much in the way of traditional casino gambling. But when it gets that cold in the winter, who’d want to leave their house anyway? Thank goodness for online casino gambling!

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