Gaming Laws in Hawaii
According to Hawaii Revised Statutes 72-1220, illegal gambling is defined as “staking or risking something of value upon outcome of a contest of chance or uncontrollable future contingent event in order to receive something of value.” However, “social” gambling is permitted in the state as long as it is not for anything of value or profit and “not committed in a hotel, motel, bar, nightclub, or any business establishment or public place.”
There are no tribal casinos in Hawaii. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, also known as the Akaka Bill after Senator Daniel Akaka, gave native Hawaiians federal recognition similar to American Indians but still prohibits gambling.
Sports Betting in Hawaii
Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Hawaii.
Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Hawaii, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Online sports betting sites are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.
Poker and Casino in Hawaii
Poker and other casino games of any kind are not allowed in the state of Hawaii.
Because poker rooms are prohibited in the state of Hawaii, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue online poker websites in order to participate.
Other Gaming Options in Hawaii
There are no other gaming options in Hawaii.
There is no state lottery in Hawaii.