Gambling in the United States is legal, but with a huge number of possible “buts” and restrictions. Each state has the right to pass its own laws on gambling zones and the types of gambling allowed in them. Gambling includes everything that has anything to do with the possibility of winning: from playing “bingo” for money, lotteries and poker tournaments to roulette and sports betting. The most serious restrictions are imposed on commercial casinos.
Commercial casinos are allowed (with various types of restrictions) in the following States: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, California, West Virginia.
And only two States allow casinos throughout the territory: Nevada and Louisiana.
There are about 450 commercial casinos in the United States.
In another 30 States, there are several hundred casinos or places for various types of gambling on native American territories, that is, on Indian lands. Games there are regulated by the National Indian gaming Commission (The National Indian Gaming Commission) and coordinated with the Federal Commission.
Today, the largest gaming centers (with commercial casinos):
Las Vegas, Nevada
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Casinos on the water (not on land: on boats, pontoons) are legalized in Louisiana and Illinois.
The rules and nuances of the game are governed by Federal laws, state laws, the Federal gaming Commission and the rules of the casino itself. Therefore, the rules may differ significantly in different casinos, even in the same city.
You can only start playing at the age of 21. In casinos, people younger than this age are usually not allowed at all. In some casinos (if it is located in the lobby of the hotel, for example, and you can pass through the casino from one building to another), those who are not yet 21 years old can walk along specially designated routes, but they can not stop or stay along the way.
Usually, you can’t take photos in a casino. In some areas, you can’t even carry a mobile phone.
Different casinos have different dress codes. In the hall with slot machines, you can sit in shorts, and in the halls with high stakes, where a separate invitation may be required, there is usually a strict dress code, close to black-tie.
Maximum bets in a casino are a matter for the casino itself. In Nevada, for example, there are no legal restrictions on the size of bids. The bigger and richer the casino, the higher the stakes it can afford. In some casinos, bets go up to $50,000 or even higher (unverified information). Usually in a high-Limit room, bids from $100 – $10,000 are accepted. A notable story is that of a businessman and billionaire from Omaha, Terence Watanabe, who lost about $ 100 million in a Las Vegas casino one night in 2007. And this is only possible at very high rates.
Serious players who make big bets and play regularly, hotels (at casinos) are happy to provide the highest level of rooms for free. Most casinos provide free alcoholic beverages for players. The quality and quantity also depends on the bids. But the casino has the right to refuse a player if it suspects him of a gambling addict with a strong addiction or considers his behavior inappropriate. In this case, the person is simply escorted out of the door and may not be allowed in again. This is exactly what happened to that Terence Watanabe as a result.
There are no restrictions on winnings. In Las Vegas, there are legends about million-dollar winnings and six-digit jackpots above slot machines confirm this possibility. For example, in 2013, a software engineer from Los Angeles (name not disclosed) won the Megabucks jackpot- $ 39 million-at the Excalibur casino.