South Carolina

With a 207-year-old law banning any game that includes cards or dice still on the books, South Carolina is far from the forefront when it comes to gambling. While other states around the nation are legalizing gambling in multiple forms, South Carolina is firmly entrenched in its old, anti-gambling ways.

Rhode Island

Gambling in the state of Rhode Island is limited to two state-licensed casinos with slots, virtual gaming and some table games like blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and poker. In addition, betting on horse and dog racing, jai alai and charitable gambling are all allowed – some in limited areas though – and the state lottery was also founded in 1974.


To Oregon's credit, its laws on gaming are clear, leaving little room for misinterpretation. Unfortunately for residents of the state, this is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to sports gambling and playing cards. Placing a bet or playing in a game with someone who is collecting a fee is illegal and comes with a harsh penalty.

It isn't all bad in Oregon, however. Tribal compacts set the stage for casino gambling years ago, and social games in which the house is not collecting any money are completely legal. Bettors have options, but must bet online at their own risk.


Home to over 70 Native American casinos, Oklahoma has more than enough variety for bettors looking to play their favorite slots and table games. Choctaw Durant and Winstar World have two well known poker rooms that are popular spots for tournaments.

As is the case across most states in the country however, there are no legal options for sports bettors. Oklahoma does have general laws against placing bets outside of tribal casinos, but with no specific mention of sports betting or online betting, sports bettors that venture online can feel relatively safe.

North Dakota

Although commercial casinos are prohibited in North Dakota, the state does have five tribal casinos where gambling is allowed. These casinos have slot machines, table games such as blackjack craps and poker, and bingo as well. In addition, North Dakota has a state lottery and also allows licensed horse and dog racing plus charitable gaming for non-profit organizations.

New Hampshire

Betting in the state of New Hampshire is restricted to horse and dog racing, on-track parimutuel wagering, and lottery and charitable gaming, including bingo, raffles, Lucky 7 and other games of chance. In fact, New Hampshire was the first to introduce the modern state lottery in 1963. While casino gambling is illegal in the state, cruise ships with machines such as slots can enter the state for a maximum of 48 hours at a time as long as they are disabled.


The state of Louisiana may be well known for its Mardi Gras celebrations and party friendly atmosphere, but there is nothing friendly about the state's laws against gambling. Louisiana is one of the few states in the United States that has specific anti-internet gambling laws listed in its constitution, making it one of the worst states for a sports gambler to live in across the country.


Unlike most states that don't differentiate between casual betting and professional betting, Connecticut makes it legal for its residents to bet and play games among their friends. But when it comes to betting with a bookmaker or playing games outside of tribal casinos, Connecticut has clear and harsh laws in place.

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