Navigating the murky waters of casino gambling in the United States is one of the most bizarre experiences in the world. Take New Jersey, for example. You’ve got live casino gambling allowed in just one jurisdiction (Atlantic City) but online gambling permitted everywhere around the state.
Then there’s California, which has a mix of private land-based casinos and those run by Native American tribes. And of course Nevada, where private enterprise reigns supreme and gambling is available everywhere – even at the airport.
Then there are some states that don’t allow casino gambling at all, like Hawaii for example. And others, like Indiana where the laws are just confusing.
Today, in Indiana, casino gambling is permitted. It’s been legal since 1995. Except here’s the thing. Casinos have to exist on riverboats. Yup, casinos can’t exist on actual land. It’s a bit ridiculous, but it’s the law.
That could be changing very soon. A new House Bill is proposing that riverboat casino be allowed to move onto land. And it’s not just existing casinos that will benefit from the bill, should it pass. The proposal also calls for tax incentives for new casino construction, plus the state’s existing racetracks (there are two of them) would be allowed to add live dealer table games to their mix of gambling options.
Indiana first entered the land-based gambling game in 1995. Today, Indiana’s casino industry is worth about $2.5 billion, with 13 commercial casinos fueling the economy. But with competition in neighboring states attracting Indiana residents, those numbers could drop.
The new bill doesn’t just aim to stop the leak before it starts. It aims to build a bigger, sturdier boat (not the best analogy considering that the new law would authorize land-based casinos and no longer restrict gaming to the water, but you get the deal).
The casino expansion bill doesn’t authorize online casinos, but the reality is you can still play at your favorite Internet gambling sites without specific state legislation. State-by-state regulation simply authorizes gambling companies to set up shop within state lines and allows players to enjoy games on a US-licensed site. Many online gambling sites are licensed outside of the United States so that they can serve players on a global scale.
So if you’re in Indiana, don’t forget that Slots of Vegas is open 24/7. And you can play on land right now (or even on a boat with our mobile casino app).