Gambling in KentuckyKentucky Casinos

There are not any traditional casinos in Kentucky, which is also known as the “Bluegrass State.” That nickname is a reference to an “ideal” type of grass that can be found in some of the major pastures around the state due to the area’s fertile soil. 

The most common type of gambling offered is pari-mutuel betting on thoroughbred horse racing at the 10 racetracks located throughout the state.

The most famous horse race offered in the state is the Kentucky Derby, which has been run annually since 1875. The Kentucky Derby is always run at Churchill Downs on the first Sunday in May. A festival is also held each year for two weeks before the race in Louisville, where the track is located. Louisville is also the state’s largest city.

Types of Casinos in Kentucky

There are three racetrack casinos in Kentucky that offer some form of casino gambling. There are no traditional slot machines in Kentucky casinos. Instead, they all offer instant racing betting machines.

While these machines may appear to be regular slot machines, they are actually gaming machines that are based on unidentified past horse races and the spinning reels shown on the machines are for entertainment purpose only.

Types of Gambling Offered at Kentucky Casinos

Those instant racing machines are the only types of casino gambling offered in Kentucky casinos. There are no table games offered at any of the casinos in Kentucky. The minimum gambling is 21 at all of these Kentucky casinos.

There are no casinos in Louisville, Kentucky. However, there is one casino in Lexington, Kentucky, That casino, Red Mile, is also the closest casino to Louisiville, being located about 75 miles east.

For more information on visiting the casinos in Kentucky, call the Kentucky Department of Tourism at (800) 225-8747, or visit their website at https://www.kentuckytourism.com/

Want to See a Map of all casinos in Kentucky?

Visit our Kentucky casinos map page to see a detailed map showing all casinos in that state.

Shown below is a list of the Kentucky casinos that offer instant racing betting machines. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

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