While there are currently no legal sports betting options in the state of Minnesota, this could change in the near future.
Since the US Supreme Court ruling on May 14th 2018 that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional, legislators have made several attempts to introduce sports betting legislation. Many of these attempts have been held up by the local tribal communities who are in no hurry to offer sports betting in their casinos.
The most recent attempt came in January 2021, when a two-tiered system was proposed that would see the first year of sports betting launch as a retail-only market. Mobile sports betting would then launch a year later. However, support for the bill dwindled once discussions began and it failed to pass.
Although this means that there is no chance of legal sports betting in 2021, the fact that legislators continue to introduce sports betting bills suggests that it’s not a case of if but when sports betting launches in the state.
Who regulates the Minnesota sports betting industry?
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board currently regulates the state’s legal charitable gambling industry. This makes the board a prime candidate to regulate the sports betting market when legislation is passed.
Which sportsbooks are available in Minnesota?
There are no retail sportsbooks in the state as of yet. However, if legislation were to pass the most likely locations for retail sportsbooks are the state’s 21 tribal casinos.
It’s not yet clear which major sports betting operators would enter the market as none currently have a presence in Minnesota.
The state’s casinos are listed below. We will update this list when legislation is passed.
|Casino||Type||Betting Partner/Retail Brand|
|Black Bear Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Cedar Lakes Casino Hotel||Tribal||TBD|
|Fond Du Luth Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Fortune Bay Resort & Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Grand Casino Hinckley||Tribal||TBD|
|Grand Casino Mille Lacs||Tribal||TBD|
|Grand Portage Lodge & Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Grand Portage Trading Post Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel||Tribal||TBD|
|Little Six Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Mystic Lake Casino Hotel||Tribal||TBD|
|Northern Lights Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort||Tribal||TBD|
|White Oak Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Seven Clans Casino Red Lake||Tribal||TBD|
|Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls||Tribal||TBD|
|Seven Clans Casino Warroad||Tribal||TBD|
|Shingobee on the Bay||Tribal||TBD|
|Shooting Star Casino Hotel||Tribal||TBD|
|Shooting Star Casino Bagley||Tribal||TBD|
|Treasure Island Casino||Tribal||TBD|
Minnesota sports betting apps
As there are currently no sports betting operators with a presence in the state, it’s impossible to determine which brands will enter the market.
We will update this section if any announcements are made regarding mobile sports betting licenses.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Minnesota
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo! operate in the state. However, as no formal DFS legislation has been passed, the market is currently unregulated.
What about online poker in Minnesota?
According to state laws, it is illegal to make a bet in the state of Minnesota. There are some exceptions such as tribal gaming and charitable gaming but online poker or online casino gaming is not one of those exceptions.
There are quite a few international online poker platforms that will accept players from the state, but like DFS, the online poker scene in Minnesota is unregulated.
There are no signs that this will change in the near future.
Minnesota sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in Minnesota?
No, sports betting is not yet legal in Minnesota though legislators have tried several times to pass sports betting bills.
What is the legal gambling age in Minnesota?
The legal gambling age is 18 or older but some casinos may require gamblers to be 21 or older.
When will Minnesota legalize sports betting?
Legal sports betting will not come to the state of Minnesota until 2022 at the very earliest.