states, such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, readily agreed
to allow Indian casinos, while other states vigorously
fought the issue. The most famous case occurred in
Connecticut, where the Mashantucket Pequots sued the
state to allow them to open a casino. The final decision
was made by the U. S. Supreme Court, which sided with
the tribe. The Pequots now operate Foxwoods, which
is one of the world's most successful and profitable
casinos. There are now more than twenty states with
Indian casinos in operation.
In states with
ocean access to the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the
Gulf of Mexico, "casino ships," ranging
in size from ocean liners to motor vessels, began
cruising just outside of territorial waters, where
casino gambling is legal. Dozens of these ships offer
full casino gaming on these four- to eight-hour "cruises
Now that you
know how all of these casinos came about, you need
to know where they are located. What follows is a
state-by-state list of where you can gamble in casinos
in the United States. As you'll see, there are many
differences among the states as to what is allowed.
Some states will only permit table games while others
will only allow electronic machines. In general, the
minimum gambling age in most casinos is twenty-one,
but many Indian casinos have a minimum age of eighteen
if alcoholic beverages are not served.
In many cases,
telephone numbers are listed for the larger casinos
and for state agencies that can provide further information.
This list of casinos was prepared in July 1998, and
due to the time required to publish this website and
the volatility of the casino industry, you are strongly
encouraged to contact any establishment prior to making
there were one thing that could be considered heresy
in the church of poker, it would be to say that pre-flop
hand selection isn't important. I won't say that.
But in an Omaha-8 game that is loose, passive, and
staffed ~by six or so players-often the case in a
Home Game-1 am prepared to defend the claim that hand
selectivity is more important after the flop than
before it. From a purely statistical basis, the gap
between the best Omaha-8 starting hands and the worst
ones is not nearly as great as it is in Hold'em .
Starting hand criteria in O,naha-8 are based less
cm absolute hand strength than on avoiding traps into
losing draws. It is chasing these losing draws, not
calling with bad starters, that costs Omaha-8 players
the most money. If you have a (rood understanding
of the strengths and vulnerabilities of hands after
the flop and you have the discipline to drop draws
that you know are unwise, seeing the flop for one
low bet can be a great value with a lot more hands
than standard guidance allows you to call with.