While sports betting has yet to be legalized in Minnesota, there is plenty of gambling to be had at one of the many tribal casinos.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018, allowing each state in the country to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting. Yet, Minnesota has been slow to develop any sports betting regulation as the local tribes have a significant influence on the proceedings.
Minnesota was the first state to negotiate a compact with tribes under the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act in 1988. When making these deals or compacts, the state didn’t include any tax contributions from the tribes or allow for any renegotiation in the deal without the tribes’ permission—there’s little reason for the tribes to choose to do so now.
Minnesota’s 11 tribes operate 19 casinos and offer things like slots, blackjack, poker, and bingo. The variety of table game offerings are rather low though.
Outside of the tribal casinos, Minnesota has a state lottery that offers residents the option to purchase tickets online. There are also two horse racing tracks/card rooms operating in the state.
Until legalized sports betting comes to the North Star State, Minnesotans are able to make the trip south to Iowa where sports betting has already been legalized.
When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Minnesota?
Minnesota has 11 federally recognized tribes who are strongly against the introduction of sports betting. Specifically, they are against online sports betting which they feel could take away from their in-person casino locations.
In 2019, a Minnesota Senate committee advanced bill SF 1894 to allow sports betting online, at tribal casinos, and at the state’s two horse-racing tracks. Another House bill, HF 1278, was also put forth which didn’t allow for betting at racetracks.
Bills proposed in odd-numbered years carry over to the next year in Minnesota, so these were still being heard in 2020, but were unable to pass despite amendments to force mobile users to sign up in person.
With local tribes holding all the power in Minnesota and being in no rush to agree to anything which could see them lose control of gambling activities in the state, it’s unlikely we’ll see legalized sports betting in Minnesota anytime soon.
Minnesota Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Minnesota?
Currently, any form of in-person or online sports betting is illegal and unavailable in the state of Minnesota.
What are the major sports teams in Minnesota?
Minnesota’s top sports teams are the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), and Minnesota Wild (NHL).
Can you bet on horse racing in Minnesota?
Horse race betting is available in Minnesota.