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Minnesota Casino Guide 

Minnesota has a long history with the Native American Tribes, which is where all of the casino gambling in the state comes from. 

There are over 20 tribal casinos in MN, offering a range of electronic gaming machines and pari-mutuel betting. 

Apart from wagering at casinos and racetracks, Minnesota residents are also able to play the lottery and bingo. 

In our guide below, we'll examine every option of gambling available in the Gopher State.

We'll also look at the current laws regulating the industry, and the future of casinos in Minnesota. 

Online Casinos in Minnesota

Minnesota has not legalized any forms of online gambling in the state just yet.

It does not look like it's going to be legal to play at an online casino any time soon, as Minnesota tends to have a more traditional look on gambling. 

If you're caught playing on an online casino, the biggest consequence you'll face is a "misdemeanor." This has no real penalties attached.

So far, no one in Minnesota has gotten into any legal trouble for gambling online. 

The state could potentially legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in the near future, which would be the sole online gambling option. 

Land-Based Casinos in Minnesota

All Minnesota casinos are located on Indian reservations and under a compact reached with the state the only table games permitted are card games such as blackjack and poker. 

Additionally, the only kind of slot machines allowed at casinos in Minnesota is the electronic video variety. 

Therefore, you will not find any mechanical slots that have traditional reels - only video screens.

Optional games include: poker, Caribbean stud poker, pai gow poker, three-card poker, ultimate Texas hold’em, Mississippi stud, let it ride, and bingo.

There are no casinos in Minneapolis. However, there are two casinos near Minneapolis. About 25 miles southwest is Mystic Lake Casino, which is also the largest casino in Minnesota. 

The other is the Little Six Casino, which is affiliated with Mystic Lake and is within a one-mile drive from that casino.

Types of Casino in Minnesota

Indian Casinos

Every casino facility in MN is operated by a Native American Tribe.

According to the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes, the minimum and maximum payouts for casinos in Minnesota are regulated as follows:

  • video poker and video blackjack - 83% to 98% 
  • slot machines - 80% to 95%
  • keno - 75% to 95% 

Each tribe is free to set its machines to pay back anywhere within those limits and the tribes do not release any information regarding their slot machine percentage paybacks. 

This means that there is no way to tell which MN casino payouts are the best. 

Unlike the casinos in Minnesota, in many U.S. states, the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.

Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Betting on horses was legalized in the 1980s after the state spent decades going back and forth trying to pass a bill for it.

Pari-mutuel betting is permitted at two horse racetracks in MN; Canterbury Park and Running Aces. 

Off-track betting is illegal in MN, as well as dog racing. 

 List Of Land-based Casinos In Minnesota

Click on any of the following casinos below to learn more about the facility. 

Black Bear Casino & Hotel

  • 1785 MN-210, Carlton, MN 55718
  • 1 218-878-2327
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, and Bingo

Canterbury Park

  • 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • 1 952-445-7223
  • Games: Blackjack, Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud, and Four Card Poker

Fond-du-Luth Casino

  • 129 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
  • 1 218-720-5100
  • Games: Only Blackjack and Slots

Fortune Bay Resort Casino

  • 1430 Bois Forte Rd, Tower, MN 55790
  • 1 218-753-6400
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold 'em

Grand Casino Hinckley

  • 777 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley, MN 55037
  • 1 320-384-7771
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, and Bingo

Grand Casino Mille Lacs

  • 777 Grand Ave, Onamia, MN 56359
  • 1 320-532-7777
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, and Bingo

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

  • 70 Casino Dr, Grand Portage, MN 55605
  • 1 218-475-2401
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Bingo

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

  • 39375 County Rd 24, Morton, MN 56270
  • 1 800-946-2274
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, Bingo 

Little Six Casino

  • 2450 Sioux Trail NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372
  • 1 952-403-5525
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

  • 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372
  • 1 800-262-7799
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, and Bingo

Northern Lights Casino & Hotel

  • 6800 Y Frontage Rd NW, Walker, MN 56484,
  • 1 844-554-2646
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, and Poker

Palace Casino Hotel

  • 6268 Upper Cass Frontage Rd NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633
  • 1 218-335-7000
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, and Bingo

Prairies Edge Casino Resort

  • 5616 Prairies Edge Ln, Granite Falls, MN 56241
  • 1 320-564-2121
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack

Running Aces

  • 15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025
  • 1 651-925-4600
  • Games: Blackjack, Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride. No gaming machines

Seven Clans Casino Red Lake

  • 10200 MN-89, Red Lake, MN 56671
  • 1 888-679-2501
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack 

Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls

  • 20595 Center St E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701
  • 1 800-881-0712
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Keno, Blackjack

Seven Clans Casino Warroad

  • 34966 605th Ave, Warroad, MN 56763
  • 1 218-386-3381
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, and Poker

Shooting Star Casino - Bagley

  • 13325 340th Street, Bagley, MN 56621
  • 1 800-453-7827
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker

Shooting Star Casino Hotel - Mahnomen

  • 777 S Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557
  • 1 218-935-2701
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, and Bingo

Treasure Island Resort Casino

  • 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, MN 55089
  • 1 800-222-7077
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, and Bingo

White Oak Casino

  • 45830 US-2, Deer River, MN 56636
  • 1 218-246-9600
  • Games: Video Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, and Blackjack

Minnesota Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Minnesota casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Minnesota, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History Of Gambling In Minnesota 

The first form of legal gambling in Minnesota was bingo, which kicked off in 1945. 

It wasn't until the '80s when things really got started, after pari-mutuel betting and tribal casinos were both legalized in the state. 

Canterbury Downs opened the first pari-mutuel venue in 1985 and still remains one of the few horse tracks in business in MN. 

Native American tribal casinos first began to operate in 1981, after the US Court of Appeal allowed them to offer bingo games. 

As the '80s went on, Indian casinos were permitted to eventually offer video gaming machines, which saw more and more venues being built. 

In 1989, the state had signed compacts with 7 tribes, and a couple of years later, Indian casinos were allowed to offer table games. 

By 1993, there were 17 tribal casinos operating off state soil, raking in an estimated $5 billion in wagers. 

Since the tribes were operating on their own land, the casinos did not have to pay the state of Minnesota taxes. This was brought up by MN in the early 2000s, however, the tribes refused to pay any taxes and stick to that decision to this day. 

Instead, the majority of the money goes towards construction on the tribe's land, with some given to the state. 

Minnesota Indian Tribes

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa 
  • Fond Du Lac Reservation
  • Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Prairie Island Indian Community
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community
  • Upper Sioux Community
  • White Earth Reservation

Minnesota Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations

The following is a list of legal gambling options offered in Minnesota: 

  • Tribal casino gambling
  • Pari-mutuel betting 
  • Lottery
  • Bingo and raffles 

Online gambling is not legal at the time of writing but could change soon if the bill in favor of Daily Fantasy Sports is passed. 

Those looking to participate in any of the above forms of gambling in MN must be at least 18 years old. 

Minnesota Gambling Control Board

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board regulates all charitable gaming in the state.

This includes:

  • Bingo 
  • Raffles
  • Tipboards
  • Paddlewheels
  • Pull-tabs

The National Indian Gaming Commission 

The National Indian Gaming Commission regulates all of the tribal casinos in Minnesota, as well as across the country. 

You can read more about the IGC and their responsibilities, here

Gambling in Minnesota Today

Compared to other states, Minnesota has a lot of options for those who want to gamble. 

Pari-mutuel betting isn't nearly as popular as casino gambling, but both are available in the state. 

There is also the lottery and charitable games residents can take part in. 

If someone is looking to host an event where gambling will take place, the PGCB must be informed to give the license out. 

Online players can look forward to the possibility of Daily Fantasy Sports, but it's unlikely online casinos will be available any time soon. 

Fun Facts

Did you know? 

Bars in Minnesota are allowed to host games of chance involving dice, as long as they aren't the organizers or making any money from it. Players can bet on food and drinks, but not real money. 

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For more information on visiting Minnesota casinos, or other tourist attractions, call the state’s office of tourism at (800) 657-3700 or go to www.exploreminnesota.com.


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