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Regulation and legality of online gambling

As far Alabaman legislature is concerned, online gambling doesn’t seem to exist (at time of writing). No law pertaining to online casinos was neither suggested or drafted.

This means that all forms of gaming over the internet exist in a perpetual grey area of the state’s legal system. In fact, the only type of gambling that’s legal in Alabama are pari-mutuel games, which is a form of pool betting.

However, there are some indications that online gambling will be officially legal in the Heart of Dixie. Recently, the state house approved HB354, a bill that would legalize fantasy sports. Many believe that the legalization of skill games will pave the way for poker and other table games to be legalized, as well. Nevertheless, the bill is now in the hands of the Alabama State Senate, awaiting further debate.

As mentioned earlier, there have been no initiatives to regulate the gambling activities people in Alabama are conducting online. There are no laws that criminalize online wagering, therefore Alabamians are free to choose sites offered online as long as they accept bettors from North America and are hosted outside of state. Online gamblers playing out of Alabama are not in danger of going to jail or anything similar for visiting and wagering real money at online casinos, because no laws or statutes ban online gambling specifically.

Land-based gambling has been having difficulties throughout its implementation into Alabamian society, and any measures taken so far have been related to gambling at brick and mortar establishments. Online gambling hasn’t even been mentioned.

While unregulated, online gaming is available to residents of Alabama, but ought to be cautious and choose reputable websites only, with valid licenses to operate. Since the federal legislation states that gambling transactions through banks are illegal in all US states, Alabamians should also pay attention to the banking options they can use to safely manage their online gambling funds.

In general, gambling is treated conservatively and regulating and licensing an online gaming site hasn’t yet become a burning subject; chances are it won’t in the foreseeable future. There are no online casino sites available on the Alabama market, but Alabama residents have loads of online options to rely on.


Gambling History in Alabama

Gambling was defined in the constitution in 1901 in Alabama, as any game played for financial gain that implies an element of chance. This definition has been the subject of loose interpretation for decades. It has paved the way to banning many popular games, and allowed activities such as betting on dogs and horses, as these have been considered to be based on skill rather than chance.

In the 80s, charitable bingo games were approved and also the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allowed casinos on Native American-held soil in Alabama. To this day, the legality of electronic bingo games has been discussed and disputed, and a state lottery has never been established in the Yellowhammer State

. Electronic bingo parlors can now be found in some counties, while in others they are outlawed. Alabama and its neighboring state Mississippi are in competition when it comes to gambling options, and although Alabama-based gaming venues accommodate patrons from across the country, certain groups of citizens won’t hesitate to cross over and enjoy a wider availability of table games.


Land based casinos

There are less than a dozen casino facilities in Alabama; in fact, all the casino venues are run by Native American tribes, while the only alternative is bingo parlors and racetracks.

The casinos are, therefore, located on Indian reservations. The closest venues to Montgomery, for example, are Wind Creek Casino Wetumpka and Wind Creek Casino Montgomery, located within 15 miles of the city’s downtown region. Tribal casinos offer Class II video gaming machines. These cabinets look like slot machines, but technically they are bingo games which make use of spinning reels for ‘entertainment purposes’ exclusively.

You won’t find any table games in Alabama casinos, only some pull-tab cards, off track wagering options and video gaming machines, which are also a rarity.

There is one racino in Shorter, Alabama. It is called VictoryLand, and it operated a greyhound track for over 25 years, a casino, and a hotel, before it closed in 2010. VictoryLand reopened in 2016, sporting over 500 gaming machines (electronic bingo).

The rest of the venues are run by the Native American community. More notable ones include Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery and Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka. The offer of these venues may be limited, but they do have a resort-like allure to them. It is known that one of them was visited by Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” before she died, which proves they attract eminent patrons.

Neighbouring States: Florida, Tennesse, Georgia, Mississippi


Alabama gambling FAQ

How old do I have to be to play at Alabaman online casinos?

Due to the absence of any apparent laws and rules pertaining to online gaming, it would be best to adhere to the rules relating to land-based casinos that don’t serve alcohol to their customers. This means that 18 should be the minimum age at which you should consider playing at an online casino. If you’re not sure about what to do, read the casino’s rules before creating an account. With this knowledge, you’ll be effectively shielded from any legal repercussions.

Is it possible to get in trouble for playing at an online casino in Alabama?

While online gaming isn’t legally defined in the Heart of Dixie, you can, theoretically, get in trouble. However, individual players rarely get in trouble, as they’re not responsible for the fact that they’re able to enter the site and play. Because online gaming-related crimes are rarely enforced, it’s safe to say that you have nothing to worry about.

Do online casinos in Alabama offer free spin bonuses?

Most of them do, but this depends on the nature of the bonus you’re interested in. In some cases, a casino might offer a lucrative financial reward for players, while others choose to prioritize free spins. Do a bit of research and you’ll be able to easily find a promotion that’s to your liking.

Do Alabaman casinos offer live dealer games?

Since there are not sites based in Alabama, we would have to say no. However, since many casino sites technically accept players from all around the country, you might be able to come across a few casinos that offer these types of games. In some cases, brands block all Alabaman IP addresses, but such sites are a minority.

Therefore, you will be able to find all the most popular titles, depending on the site’s adherence to state-specific laws. Since it’s difficult for casinos to modify their offer and interface according to 50 different sets of legislature, most choose to turn a blind eye and accept players from anywhere in the country.

Which payment methods are accepted at Alabaman online casinos?

Credit/debit cards are by far the most common means of payment in Alabaman online casinos. Everybody has one, so it is considered one of the easiest ways to make transactions. Other popular platforms are eWallets such as PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller. Players sometimes prefer them to credit cards, mostly because the payment processing speed dwarfs that of credit cards and wire transfers.

In recent years, cryptocurrencies have become more popular, so it’s possible to encounter casinos that offer deposits and withdrawals using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other blockchain-based currencies. Some sites are crypto-only, while others include traditional payment options in order to attract more players.

How fast will I get paid if I win at an Alabaman online casino?

The answer to this question depends on two things - the casino’s policy when it comes to withdrawals and the payment option you’ve chosen to use. Some casino sites are known to have a pending period, during which they review each withdrawal request in order to determine if the action is fraudulent or not. The very best online casinos in Alabama resolve this is no more than a day.

eWallets usually provide instant transactions, while everything that involves a bank may take a long time. Cryptocurrencies also provide instantaneous payouts, with the maximum waiting time being two hours. In general, US-friendly online casinos all have waiting times that are less than two days.

Do no deposit bonuses exist in Alabaman online casinos?

Currently, no deposit bonuses are a rarity. Casinos choose not to offer them because of the obvious financial risks. With a normal deposit bonus, players have to make a transaction before they’re eligible for the bonus. This is a much more feasible option for casino sites, as players are more likely to lose their bets than to win them. There are also things like bonus contribution, wagering requirements, and other annoying ‘obstacles.’

If you do manage to find a no deposit bonus, it will most likely be riddled with unrealistic requirements and stipulations. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before claiming any offer devoid of a mandatory deposit.

Can I enter a VIP/loyalty program in Alabama online casinos?

Certainly, but this depends solely on the casino. Big sites that get a lot of traffic love using tiered loyalty programs, mostly as a means of enticing players to spend more money. Basically, the more you spend, the better perks you’ll get. If you’re interested in such a program, see what each tier or level offers and check to see if the benefits fit your gaming goals.

If I register at a casino in Alabama, can I continue playing even if I’m out of state?

If you’ve chosen a casino that’s open to players in all 50 states, then you absolutely can. However, many sites have restrictions when it comes to operating in some states, so there is no definite answer to this question. Check to see if the state you’re in isn’t blacklisted by the casino. If they’re available there, too, you should have no problems whatsoever.

Fun Facts about Alabama

  • Windshield wipers were invented in Alabama. The now standard feature in every car was invented by Alabamian Mary Anderson who saw drivers leaning out of their cars to wipe away the rain from the windows. She made the idea official in 1903.
  • Interesting illegal things in Alabama include participating in wrestling with bears and playing dominos on Sundays.
  • Remember the Lynyrd Skynyrd no.1 hit song “Sweet Home Alabama”? There really is a Sweet Home, Alabama. The house was built in 1906 for H. W. Sweet. It cost $10,000 and it was designed by architect William E. Benns.

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