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Like many states, casino gambling in Nebraska is limited to tribal casinos. In addition, Nebraska has licensed horse racing with parimutuel wagering and off-track betting options. Charitable betting including bingo and raffles are also allowed within the state.

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Gaming Laws in Nebraska

Illegal gambling in Nebraska is defined as “betting something of value upon the outcome of a future event which is determined by an element of chance” in State Statute 28-1101. All forms of gambling were deemed illegal according to the state constitution until 1934, when it was amended to permit parimutuel wagering on horse racing at licensed tracks. Bingo games were likewise permitted in another amendment to the constitution in 1958 while raffles, lotteries and other charitable gaming were later allowed in 1967. In 1988, simulcasting of horse races were permitted in yet another amendment to the state constitution.

The state prohibits the use of gambling devices like slot machines outside of tribal casinos.

An 1887 law banned gambling houses in Omaha, where they were once widespread.  

Tribal Casinos

There are currently four tribal casinos in the state and two more owned by Nebraska tribes that are located in Iowa. The Iron Horse Bar & Casino, Lucky 77 Casino, Native Star Casino and Ohiya Casino are located in-state and feature electronic gaming machines, including multi-denominational games and progressive jackpots.

Sports Betting in Nebraska

Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Nebraska.

Online Sportsbooks

Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Nebraska, 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 Nebraska

Poker and other casino games of any kind are not allowed in the state of Nebraska.

Online Poker

Because poker rooms are banned in the state of Nebraska, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue offshore poker websites in order to participate.

Other Gaming Options in Nebraska

Licensed horse racing is available in Nebraska with parimutuel wagering and off-track betting options. Charitable gaming is also allowed in the state, including bingo and raffles for prizes.

Nebraska Lottery

The Nebraska Lottery was created by LB 138, a bill passed by the state legislature in 1993, starting with scratch ticket sales in 1993 and expanding to cover lotto drawings in 1994. Proceeds from the lottery are transferred quarterly though beneficiary funds specified by the state legislature and used to support causes through the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Nebraska Department of Education, the State Fair and Compulsive Gamblers Assistance.

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