Licensed gambling is only legal at certain locations. You cannot legally gamble at restaurants, bars, or other retail stores. Additionally, most states have laws prohibiting pari-mutuel wagering at the track, the dog track, or the horse track.

There are currently 2,100 casinos operating in the U.S. 48 states have online casinos and/or mobile casino apps. New Jersey, Oregon, and New Mexico are the only states where online gambling is banned.

Is Licensed Gambling Safe?

Yes. Licensed casinos and other businesses must be licensed and certified by each state before opening. The states that license and regulate casinos are all very strict about the conduct of their licensees.

Additionally, the casinos are required to keep a complete audit trail and make records available to the state in case there is any type of investigation.


The National Gambling Impact Study Commission concluded that, “The lottery and casino industries are responsible for regulating themselves and are held to a higher standard of conduct than the regulated.”

While there have been incidents of criminal conduct in some casinos and lotteries, most of the time these cases are isolated incidents.