Casinos in the USA

Welcome to CasinosUSA.com, your source for online and land-based casino reviews, promotions and industry news. We also cover the latest industry developments to include legal and regulatory updates. With fifty states’ worth of gambling news to cover, you can be sure there’s always something happening somewhere that’s worth discussing.

Established in 2018, CasinosUSA.com is a relatively new project, but now couldn’t be a better time to launch a website dedicated to land-based and online casinos in the USA. Online gambling, sports betting and poker are no longer illegal at the federal level and an increasing number of states are giving the green light for legal online gaming.

The future also looks bright on the land-based side. Atlantic City’s casinos are making a comeback, Las Vegas is healthy as ever, legal sports betting is expanding, and new casinos are being constructed across the country as you read these very words.

All in all, it’s an exciting time for gambling in the USA and that’s why we’re here. And on that note, we’d like to make it a point to make one thing clear: we only deal with legal gaming options in the USA. We do not acknowledge offshore casinos or sportsbooks that accept US citizens contrary to US law.

Our own, domestic casino industry has already spread to the point where most of us have at least one (if not multiple) forms of legal gambling within reach – be it at the nearest casino or online through a licensed sports betting app. With that in mind, it is better to stick with what’s expressly legal right here in the United States.

Online Casinos and Mobile Gambling Apps in the USA

With most states already home to numerous brick-and-mortar casinos, the internet is gambling’s next frontier. Changing federal laws have paved the way for states to legalize online casinos, sportsbooks and poker sites.

Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey led the vanguard as the first handful of states to legalize online poker and casinos games. Several other states have since joined the party, and some have even legalized online sports betting.

Today, you’ll find legal online casinos, sportsbooks or poker sites in:

  • New Jersey: online casinos, poker and sports betting
  • Delaware: online casinos and poker
  • Nevada: online poker
  • Pennsylvania: online casinos, poker and sports betting
  • West Virginia: online sports betting

Online Gambling FAQs

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked question regarding online gambling in the United States.

1. Which states have legal online casinos?

New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania have all legalized online casinos. A handful of states have legalized other forms of online gaming, but those three are the only that have specifically authorized online casinos.

2. Which casinos operate online gambling sites and mobile apps?

In the states that have legalized online gambling to date, local land-based casinos have been given first dibs to acquire licenses to offer their games over the internet. So far, nearly every casino in each pro-online gambling state has either launched an online casino or is in the process of doing so.

This means that if you live in one of these states, there is a good chance your nearest casino operates at least one online casino.

New Jersey

Regulatory Body: NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement

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  • Golden Nugget Atlantic City: GoldenNuggetCasino.com, BetfairCasino.com, PlaySugarHouse.com
  • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: HardRockCasino.com
  • Ocean Resort Casino: OceanOnlineCasino.com
  • Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City: ResortsCasino.com, MoheganSunCasino.com, PokerStarsNJ.com, BetStarsNJ.com, DraftKings.com
  • Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City: TropicanaCasino.com, VirginCasino.com
  • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment: Sportsbook.FanDuel.com
  • Monmouth Park: NJ.US.WilliamHill.com

Delaware

Regulatory Body: DE Division of Gaming Enforcement

  • Delaware Park: DelawarePark.com/igaming/
  • Dover Downs: OnlineGaming.DoverDowns.com
  • Harrington Raceway: HarringtonGamingOnline.com

Nevada

Regulatory Body: NV Gaming Control Board

  • South Point Hotel Casino and Spa: RealGaming.com
  • Caesars Palace: WSOP.com

Pennsylvania

Regulatory Body: PA Gaming Control Board

Pennsylvania has passed laws to legalize online casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms, but none have launched as of today. The following casinos have submitted licenses and should begin online operations shortly.

PA gaming laws permit a maximum of up to 39 total licenses for online gambling, sports betting and poker. Land-based casinos have been given the first opportunity to apply for those licenses. Once the first few rounds of licensing are complete, any remaining online gaming licenses may be acquired by other “qualified gaming entities.”

Eleven of Pennsylvania’s land-based casinos have applied for online gaming licenses to date. Meadows Racetrack & Casino and Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin are the only casinos that have not applied for an online gaming license of any type.

  • Parx Casino
  • Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack
  • Presque Isle Downs & Casino
  • Stadium Casino

West Virginia

Regulatory Body: WV Lottery Commission

West Virginia legalized retail, online and mobile sports betting in 2018. Two retail sportsbooks have opened for business since then, but online betting is still a work in progress. All five casinos are expected to offer online wagering at some point.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: retail sports betting now available
  • Casino Club at the Greenbrier Resort: retail sports betting now available
  • Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack: launch date TBD
  • Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort: launch date TBD
  • Mardi Gras Casino: launch date TBD

3. How do I deposit and withdraw?

US online casinos accept a range of deposit methods that are generally pretty straightforward and easy to use. The exact list of funding methods varies from state to state and casino to casino, but these are some of the most common ways to deposit and withdraw:

  • Credit Cards and Debit Cards: Most casinos accept Visa and MasterCard
  • PayPal: Some casinos accept PayPal, some do not – can be used to deposit and withdraw
  • eCheck: Transfer money straight from your bank account to your casino account – works for deposits and withdrawals
  • PayNearMe: New deposit method that has caught on in popularity across the US – can be used to fund your account with physical cash at your nearest 7-Eleven
  • Online Banking Bill Pay: If you have online banking at one of the major national banks, you can use your bill pay feature to fund your gaming account without sharing your banking details with the casino
  • Neteller: Another e-wallet similar to PayPal – designed specifically for the online gambling industry – easy to use, handy for deposits and withdrawals
  • Cash at the Cage: Most online casinos can also be funded by visiting the land-based partner to deposit with cash in person at the actual casino

One of the key reasons it is important to stick with licensed online casinos in the USA is they must conform with certain information and security standards to ensure your payments are processed and private information protected.

For the most part, making a deposit at a licensed online casino is as easy as buying something online from Amazon. However, there is still one issue related deposits and withdrawals that continues to plague the industry.

A significant percentage of credit and debit card deposits are still blocked by players’ banks due to the association with gambling. Even in states where online casinos are expressly legal, some banks still refuse to process transactions due to vague banking regulations dealing with online gaming. This issue should clear up over time as the industry settles in and banks grow more comfortable with online gaming transactions.

If you have trouble depositing with a credit card or debit card, your next best options are PayPal and eCheck. PayPal accounts can be funded with credit or debit (zero rejections) and then you can easily use PayPal to complete the deposit to your casino of choice. eChecks also work well because all they require is a standard bank account.

4. Which casino games can I play online for real money?

All legislation passed in the United States thus far has been quite permissive in terms of which games online casinos may offer. All the same types of games that you could find at your local casino can also be found online.

This includes all the classic casino staples such as slots, video poker, table games (blackjack, baccarat, craps, etc.), instant win scratch cards, keno and more.

Where you’re more likely to find restrictions are in the major forms of gaming – that is poker, sports betting and casino games. Nevada, for example, only allows online poker while New Jersey and Pennsylvania have legalized everything. If you scroll back up almost to the top of the page, you’ll see a list of states that explains which forms of gaming are legal in each state.

Land Based Casinos in the United States

Casino gambling has proliferated across the United States and now most states have at least one land-based casino. As excited as we are about the expansion of online casinos in the USA, we have no plans to neglect our land-based friends.

Soon, we’ll have a complete and up-to-date list of every casino in the country organized by state. Our casino database will show you where you can find casinos near you, describe what types of gaming you can find at these casinos and more.

US Gambling Laws and State-Specific Regulations

Gambling law in the United States is dictated at both the federal and state level. Certain federal guidelines set the stage for gambling as a whole across the country, but state laws play the biggest role in determining what forms of gambling are available in each state.

  • Federal Gaming Laws
  • State-Specific Gaming Laws

Federal Gaming Laws

In recent years, the federal government has relaxed its stance on what types of gaming individual states may authorize. For instance, a DOJ memo in 2011 changed a longstanding legal interpretation of the Federal Wire Act that resulted in states gaining the ability to legalize and regulate online casinos and poker sites in the USA.

Likewise, the 2018 Supreme Court decision that declared the federal sports betting prohibition unconstitutional granted states the authority to legalize in-person and online sports betting. We will soon publish a guide to all the major federal gambling laws that set the stage for gambling across the nation.

State Gaming Laws

State gaming laws are where we get into the nuts and bolts that actually shape the landscape for players on the ground. When we move past the federal laws, sates have a wide range of latitude in determining what forms of gambling are legal and how those things are regulated.

States hold considerable power in regulating gambling within their borders. It is the state, for example, that determines which forms of gambling are legal, where casinos may be constructed, who may be licensed to operate a casino, whether or not online gaming is permitted and much more.

In most states, a state-run gaming commission is tasked with forming all the rules and regulations governing the industry. State gaming commissions set tax rates, determine minimum payback machines on slots, set maximum wager sizes and much more.

Some states allow open competition among commercial casino operators while other states operate a monopoly or have an agreement with Native American tribes to operate casinos on tribal land. We explore the differences between all types of operators and establishments across the country.

Lest we get too bogged down in the details already, the point is this: gambling laws and regulations vary significantly from state to state. We will soon put up pages dedicated to every state that will provide a complete picture of the legal situation, including what you can bet on today and where you can find licensed casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms.

Tribal Casinos vs State Monopoly vs Privately Owned vs Publicly Traded Companies

The casino industry across the USA is a diverse landscape.  Some states allow open competition while other states operate a monopoly or have an agreement with Native American tribes to operate casinos on tribal land. We explore the differences between all types of operators and establishments across the country.