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Minimum Legal Age to Place a Bet

15 June 2000

By I. Nelson Rose


State Lottery Parimutuel Betting Casinos & Slot Machines (includes VLTs) Charity Bingo & Pull-tabs
Alabama 19 None/19
Alaska 18 19/21
Arizona 18->21 18->21 18->21 18->21
Arkansas 18
California 18 18 18/21 18
Colorado 18 18 21 18
Connecticut 18 18 18/21 18
Delaware 18 18 21 16/18
District of Columbia 18 18 18
Florida 18 18 ? 18
Georgia 18 None
Hawaii
Idaho 18 18 ? None/18
Illinois 18 17 18/21 18
Indiana 18 18 21 18
Iowa 21 21 18/21 None/21
Kansas 18 18 ?
Kentucky 18 18 None/18
Louisiana 18->21 18? 18->21 18
Maine 18 18 16 16
Maryland 18 18? 21 16/18
Massachusetts 18 18 18
Michigan 18->21 18 18/21 18
Minnesota 18 18 18 18
Mississippi 21 None/18
Missouri 18 18 21 16
Montana 18 18 18 None/18
Nebraska 18/19 18 18
Nevada 21? 21 21 21?
New Hampshire 18 21 18
New Jersey 18 18 21 18
New Mexico 18 18/21 21 None?
New York 18 18 18 None
North Carolina 18 ? None?
North Dakota 18/21 21 None/18/21
Ohio 18 18 18/60
Oklahoma 18 ? ?
Oregon 18 18 18/21 ?
Pennsylvania 18 18 18 None/18
Puerto Rico 18 18 18 18
Rhode Island 18 18 18 18
South Carolina 21 ?
South Dakota 18 18 21 ?
Tennessee
Texas 18 21 None/18
Utah
Vermont 18 18 18
Virgin Islands 18 21 ?
Virginia 18 18 None/18
Washington 18 18 18 None/18
West Virginia 18 18 21? 18
Wisconsin 18 18 18->21 None/18
Wyoming 18 18?

A question mark without a number means that particular form of gambling is legal in that state, but the minimum age requirements, if any, are not known. A number with a question mark means there is a state limit, but it is unclear whether it applies. This is usually the case with Indian gaming, where tribes are often free to set their own limits.

An arrow (18->21) indicates the minimum age is in the process of being raised from 18 to 21.

I. Nelson Rose
Professor I. Nelson Rose is an internationally known scholar, public speaker and writer and is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on gambling law. A 1979 graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a tenured full Professor at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where he teaches one of the first law school classes on gaming law.

Professor Rose is the author of more than 300 books, articles, book chapters columns. He is best known for his internationally syndicated column, "Gambling and the Law ®," and his landmark 1986 book by the same name. His most recent book is a collection of columns and analysis, co-authored with Bob Loeb, on Blackjack and the Law.

A consultant to governments and industry, Professor Rose has testified as an expert witness in administrative, civil and criminal cases in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, and has acted as a consultant to major law firms, international corporations, licensed casinos, players, Indian tribes, and local, state and national governments, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and the federal governments of Canada and the United States.

With the rising interest in gambling throughout the world, Professor Rose has spoken before such diverse groups as the F.B.I., National Conference of State Legislatures, Congress of State Lotteries of Europe, United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has presented scholarly papers on gambling in Nevada, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, England, Australia, Antigua, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and the Czech Republic.

He is the author of Internet Gaming Law (1st & 2nd editions), Blackjack and the Law and Gaming Law: Cases and Materials.

I. Nelson Rose Websites:

www.gamblingandthelaw.com

Books by I. Nelson Rose:

Gambling and the Law

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