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The Gopher State has yet to legalize MN betting as lawmakers are still amending the sports gambling bill. As this happens, bettors can expect a wide range of sportsbook apps when the state finally passes the bill.

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Is online sports betting legal in Minnesota?No
Is in-person sports betting legal?No
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?Yes
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

Despite Minnesota's not-so-ideal sports betting situation and having one of the strictest gambling laws in the United States, the punters still get at least some wagering services. In a nutshell, MN residents can legally bet on horse races and greyhounds both online and in person on the state's two licensed race tracks.

Furthermore, MN residents can access many Daily Fantasy Sports apps, as DFS is entirely legal in the state even though it still lacks state-wide regulation. The sports betting bills that have been proposed in the legislative process would legalize and regulate DFS apps, but for now, residents can still access PrizePicks, Underdog, Sleeper, and more.

Online sports betting in The Gopher State

Minnesota stands out as one of the remaining states without laws that support sports gambling. Lawmakers are currently pushing for the legalization of online sports betting in MN.

However, the current bill faces strong opposition from the native Indian tribes, as these tribal groups operate about 19 casinos across the state. Until the legislators convince the tribes that online sports wagering is helpful, Minnesota will have zero state-regulated online sportsbooks.

A good example of this came in 2019 when the Senate approved a bill to legalize retail sports betting at casinos and race tracks and allow online sportsbook apps in Minnesota. However, the bill did not advance further, primarily due to the resistance of the MIGA.

For several Indian tribes, sports wagering, especially mobile betting, is a matter of caution in Minnesota. Since the tribes invested heavily in constructing physical casinos, most of their people depended on the revenue generated from them. So, while multiple pushes have been made to legalize online and mobile sports betting in the state, they have failed to pass.

Most recently, in 2022, HF 778 continued into 2022 and received approval in a full House vote. However, the discussions stalled in the Senate due to disagreements about tribal exclusivity.

Apart from greyhound races, DFS, and horse racing betting, there are no other opportunities for domestic online sports wagering. Nonetheless, bettors can travel to surrounding states to place wagers. For example, a state like Iowa has legal mobile sports betting options that Minnesota residents can use. However, all IA mobile sports betting apps are geo-restricted, so each MN bettor must physically travel to Iowa to enjoy such services.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in MN

The good news for Minnesota residents is that tribal casinos are not against sports betting, as the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) changed its stance and is no longer against the legalization of sports betting, stating that they have been studying the implementation of sports betting in different regions and its effects on tribal communities.

Even with their change of stance back in 2021, Minnesota's sports betting legalization proposals face time constraints due to the pending approval of a two-year state budget. Although many lawmakers support sports wagering legalization, it's unlikely to progress in 2023, potentially delaying the legislative process.

Therefore, in addition to horse race wagering, greyhound betting, and DFS, the other legal forms of gambling are mainly limited to the 23 tribal casinos in MN, which offer slots, table games, and all kinds of casino-based card games.

Are online casinos legal in Minnesota?No
Are retail casinos legal?Legal (restricted)
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Minnesota?TBD
How many legal sports betting apps are there in MN?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in MN?2 racinos (20+ tribal casinos)
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in Minnesota?- (Gambling: 18+)
Minnesota's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings5.35% - 9.85%
Who regulates sports betting in Minnesota?The Minnesota Gambling Control Board

Most recent updates from the MN sports betting & gambling scene

  • July 16, 2024: In Team USA's 98-92 exhibition win over Australia, Anthony Edwards started and scored 14 points. He is currently (+500) to lead the team in scoring for the 2024 Olympics.

  • July 9, 2024: After winning the award for the 2023-24 season, Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert has opened with the second-best odds to win the Defensive Player of the Year at (+900).

  • June 27, 2024: In the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded for Rob Dillingham and selected Terrance Shannon Jr. Currently, Dillingham is (+2000) to win Rookie of the Year while Shannon is (+8000).

  • June 18, 2024: Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell has announced that Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for this upcoming season. The Vikings are currently (+285) to make the playoffs.

  • May 30, 2024: College football season is just a few months away, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers' win total is set at five.

  • May 28, 2024: By winning game four, the Minnesota Timberwolves will at least get one more game in the Western Conference Finals. Despite being down 3-1, Minnesota is (+450) to win the series.

  • May 20, 2024: Even with a late push from lawmakers, Minnesota could not pass a sports betting bill, which means residents will need to wait at least another for legal sports betting.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Currently, there are over 20 tribal casinos in Minnesota, including two thoroughbred race tracks, so-called 'racinos,' that offer the same card, table, and slot games with the addition of horse race and greyhound betting options. However, these two race tracks are the only locations that offer at least some kind of in-person betting for MN residents, as the tribal casinos focus solely on other types of gambling options.

All forms of gambling include an 18+ age limit in Minnesota. So, to gamble at casino resorts or race tracks in Minnesota, individuals must provide proof of their age.

Race tracks / Racinos

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Canterbury Park

1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee

Running Aces

15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus

Sports betting in neighboring states

Minnesota is located in a hotbed for sports wagering since all its four neighboring states have legalized in-person betting. However, from these neighbors, only Iowa also allows online sports betting within its state lines, so it is the only nearby state where individuals from MN can visit to enjoy mobile sports betting.

South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin all provide retail betting sites for sports fans, but none have legalized online or mobile wagering. In addition, each of the four neighboring states, like Minnesota, allows Daily Fantasy Sports and horse race betting.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
South DakotaLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal
IowaLegalLegalLegalLegal
North DakotaIllegalLegalLegalLegal
WisconsinLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal

What’s next for MN betting apps?

Currently, lawmakers in the state are still discussing several amendments to the sports gambling bill. Bettors hope that the modifications will cater to the needs of native Indian tribes for a smooth online sports betting experience.

If the gambling bill passes and online sports betting is legalized in MN, top sportsbook operators such as DraftKings, Fanduel, Caesars, and BetMGM will likely join the party. Other possible betting apps that could become available for MN bettors in the future are fresh names like ESPN Bet and Fanatics Sportsbook.

Potential sports betting revenue impact on Minnesota's economy

As Minnesota hasn't yet legalized sports betting in their state, there is no gambling-related revenue data to be presented. However, according to House Rep. Zack Stephenson, MN could earn around $12 million in tax revenue annually just by legalizing online sports betting. If online gambling were legalized as well, the figure would, of course, be even higher.

From Minnesota’s neighboring states, only Iowa has legalized sports betting within their state's lines, and it will rack up over $12 million in revenues in taxes from such activities in the 2023 calendar year.

Regarding population Colorado is the closest state with legalized sports betting compared to Minnesota. This fact alone should encourage both the tribes and the Minnesota government to get a deal over the finish line since Colorado has seen over $16 billion in handle and $1.14 billion in revenue, two of the country's highest marks.

Minnesota - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in MN?

Minnesota is one of the few states that does not offer legal sports betting. Residents can only access daily fantasy sports apps and wager on horse racing.

What neighboring state to Minnesota has made the most revenue from legal sports betting?

Iowa wins this title by default since it is the lone state neighboring Minnesota that has legal sports betting. The Hawkeye State has made over $586 million in revenue.

What is the most popular mascot in Minnesota?

Arguably, the most recognizable and noteworthy mascot from MN is Goldy Gopher, the mascot of the University of Minnesota.

What is the saddest fact about MN sports history?

Sports fans in Minnesota have endured a great deal of heartbreak. One of the biggest is that the Minnesota Vikings have not been to the Super Bowl since 1977. A game in which they lost 32-14.