Though it may not be known by a wealth of people, the Midwestern United States is a hidden gem when it comes to casino gambling. Though this is not true of every state, there are plenty of gambling locations throughout the region. Minnesota, in particular, is home to a large quantity of casinos and has been for quite some time. Like some of its neighbors, the existence of casinos in Minnesota has a lot to do with effort made to prevent money from leaving the state via Canadian casinos.
Black Bear Casino Resort
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Grand Casino Hinckley
Grand Casino Mile Lacs
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
Little Six Casino
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Northern Lights Casino
Palace Casino and Hotel
Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
Running Aces Harness Park
Seven Clans Casino Red Lake
Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls
Seven Clans Casino Warroad
Shooting Star Casino
Treasure Island Resort and Casino
White Oak Casino
Just a little bit of research will show you that a large majority of the casinos in Minnesota are of the Native American variety. What this means is that the casinos in question are both situated on land owned by Native tribes and operated by the tribes too. For the average casino-goer, the fact that these are considered to be Native American casinos is not something that will have much, if any, impact on your overall gaming experience. The reason for this is due to the fact that they are much like the casinos you will find in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Most come complete with a great selection of casino games as well as amenities such as hotels and restaurants.
Card rooms in Minnesota are not, by definition, casinos, but they are important to take note of. In Minnesota, card rooms are typically located at racetracks and are unique in that they really only offer poker. Apart from the different variations of the game of poker, you will find no other forms of gambling other than, perhaps, pari-mutuel wagering (due to their being located at racetracks).
With that being said, the existence of standalone card rooms meant that the tribal casinos in the state are also allowed to offer poker games.
The casino history of Minnesota really began to take shape in the mid-1940s when bingo and other raffle games were legalized. Since then, the bingo industry has grown to be one of the biggest, highest-earning in the nation. After the legalization in the 1940s, things remained quiet for a good while in Minnesota. It wasn’t until the early 1980s when Minnesota’s many Native tribes began fighting court battles in an effort to have the state grant them bingo licenses as well. These battles were successful and by the mid-1980s there were quite a few tribal-run bingo halls across the state.
In the following years, the tribes continued taking up their issues with the courts and were eventually allowed to host video poker games, slot games, table games, and eventually poker. By the end of the 1990s, the tribal casino industry in the state of Minnesota was thriving. At this point in time the state also legalized the existence of card rooms which were to be located, almost exclusively, at horse and dog tracks around the state. Since the turn of the century there really haven’t been too many major developments on the land-based casino front. As for whether or not Minnesota will ever grant casino licenses to companies and organizations that are not affiliated with Native American tribes, that much remains unclear. There are currently no pieces of legislation being fought over, so the preliminary thought is that Minnesota’s lawmakers are content to keep the scope of gambling exactly where it is presently.