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The State of Gambling in Minnesota

The United States Supreme Court ruled in the case Murphy vs. National Collegiate Athletic Association Monday that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is illegal by its violation of the 10th Amendment. The 10th Amendment, the last of the Bill of Rights, says any power not given to the federal government is given to the states or the people. While this doesn’t automatically legalize sports betting, it does open up the door for states to do so.

For the state of Minnesota, the future of sports gambling looks quite prosperous. Below is a list of things to know about the current state of legal betting in the state.

  • Minnesota has 40 casinos, all located on Native American reservations.
  • The legal betting age is 18 at all casinos.
  • Some casinos are open 24 hours.
  • The only table games allowed are card games such as blackjack and poker.
  • The only slot machines allowed are of the electronic variety.
  • According to the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes, the minimum and maximum payouts are as follows:
    • 83 percent to 98 percent on video poker and video blackjack
    • 80 percent to 95 percent on slot machines
    • 75 percent to 95 percent on keno
  • Unless otherwise noted, all casinos offer:
    • Blackjack
    • Video keno
    • Video poker
    • Video slots
  • Optional games include:
    • Bingo
    • Caribbean stud poker
    • Let it ride
    • Mississippi stud
    • Pai gow poker
    • Poker
    • Three-card poker
    • Ultimate Texas hold ‘em

As for the future, Minnesota is one of several states that could get the ball rolling pretty quickly as far as creating legislation that taxes sports gambling; this is largely due to the fact that there is already a regulatory framework for their casinos. Most states are expected to set a tax of around 12 percent for online sports betting, and Minnesota is no different.

Another reason Minnesota could quickly legalize widespread sports betting is that the Twin Cities area has all four major sports, with the Timberwolves, Twins, Vikings and Wild. States with a larger focus on collegiate athletics could have a more difficult time passing new legislation, because it’d be much easier to fix games, but Minnesota shouldn’t have a problem with this.

Ryan Davidson
Ryan is an expert in Mathematical Economic Analysis. He has combined the two to become a handicapper and a avid sports writer. Using not just statistics and records, he uses common sense and conventional thinking.