Utah is one of only two states – Hawaii is the other – that prohibits gambling of any kind, including charitable gaming, parimutuel wagering and betting at racetracks in addition to banning tribal and commercial casinos plus lotteries.

Gaming Laws in Utah

According to Utah Code 76-10-1101, illegal gambling is defined as “risking anything of value for a return or risking anything of value upon the outcome of a contest, game, gaming scheme, or gaming device when the return or outcome is based upon an element of chance or is in accord with an agreement or understanding that someone will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.” Even “fringe gambling” that covers lotteries and video gaming or electronic devices used for profit are prohibited in the state.

Tribal Casinos

There are no tribal casinos in Utah.

Sports Betting in Utah

Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Utah.

Online Sportsbooks

Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Utah, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks 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 Utah

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

Online Poker

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

Other Gaming Options in Utah

There are no other gaming options in Utah.

Utah Lottery

There is no state lottery in Utah.

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