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Some 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 to nowhere."

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 travel plans.

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A Parting Shot on Omaha-8
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