Nebraska Online Gambling

Gambling Information and Online Casino Listings

The fact that one of the most popular variations of poker is named after the Nebraskan city of Omaha gives us some insight into the rich gambling history in the Cornhusker State. In the early years, after the state was formed in the 1800’s, Nebraska was a destination where locals and visitors could experience the charms of prostitution, gambling, and drinking.

The following decades were shady and marked by underworld gambling run by mobsters such as Tom Dennison. Omaha was the center of illicit gambling, and it is believed that from the 1930s to the 1970s the Italian mafia controlled underground Nebraska gambling.

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History of Gambling in Nebraska

Officially, all forms of gambling were illegal up to 1934. That was when the Nebraska State Constitution was amended to permit pari-mutuel horse racing on licensed racetrack enclosures. Charity bingo was introduced in 1958. Raffles, lotteries and gift enterprises were regulated in 1967. Racing enterprises included off-track betting options in 1988 and the state lottery was established in 1992. A few tribal casinos were added to the Nebraska gambling scene in the 2000s, but the wagering choices barely expanded to Class II gaming machines and table games. Keno can be found throughout the state, but the game has experienced certain controversies. For example, some players figured out the RNG of a keno game at a restaurant in St. Mary in January 2016 and won around $150,000.

Nebraskans enjoy far less gambling options than they did back in the day, but the market is alive and well as it is, and it’s unclear if there will be any changes any time soon. There was a debate to legalize commercial casinos in 2012, but it barely made it to the committee where it died.

 

Land based casinos

No, there are no commercial casino venues in Nebraska. The alternatives are 4 tribal casino facilities and racetracks locations. The following casinos operate under the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Iron Horse Bar & Casino, Lucky 77, Native Star Casino, and Ohiya Casino. They are owned and run by the Winnebago Tribe, the Santee Sioux Tribe and the Omaha Tribe. All these venues can’t offer Class III casino games. Instead, they are allowed to feature Class II gaming items like slot machines, keno, bingo, and live keno. The slot machines aren’t Vegas-style. They deliver results which are based on bingo cards, as opposed to Class III slots which have RNGs.

Iron Horse Bar & Casino is located in Emerson. It is open 6 days a week (opens at 10 am, closed on Mondays). The lobby contains nearly 90 gaming machines, including progressive jackpots. It has a restaurant and only accepts patrons that are over 21 years of age. The Native Star Casino is located on the main street in Winnebago. It has over 83 gaming machines and accepts players as young as 19. Native Star offers free beverages and the services of the Rock River Grill which includes daily lunch specials and a salad bar. The Lucky 77 Casino is in Walthill, and much the rest of the Native American gaming facilities it boasts Class II gaming excitement. Opening hours are Monday-Thursday 10 am - 2 am, Friday & Saturday 10 am - 4 am and Sunday 12 pm - 11 pm. Ohiya Casino & Resort is situated east of Niobrara. It opened in 2013 and features over 400 gaming machines. It also includes a hotel, dining facilities and a lounge. One of the amenities is the Four Winds Event Hall, which hosts artists, comedians and musicians to provide live entertainment on a regular basis.

Four Nebraska racetrack venues offer thoroughbred horse races and live betting. The horse racing lobby in the state opposes the possible introduction of commercial casinos, as it would jeopardize their revenue. The solution would be to turn the racetracks into racinos, which has worked well in many other states, but the idea is yet to be embraced in the Cornhusker State. Nebraskans who want to enjoy proper casino gambling usually cross the state limits and go to Iowa, South Dakota or Kansas for their piece of the action.

 

Online casinos

Placing wagers over the internet is an activity that is not regulated under Nebraska laws. Whoever wants to test their fortune with online poker, casino games or sports betting, needs to look for alternative routes. These routes usually lead them to websites such as Bovada Casino, Ignition, Uptown Aces and Slotocash Casino. Despite not being licensed in the State of Nebraska, mentioned sites are regulated by other jurisdictions and based outside Nebraska borders and the entire US, for that matter. That makes them safe to play at. US-facing sites are more than happy to accept Nebraskans, as Nebraska is not risky and will not penalize offshore operators.

Ignition Casino is a Rival-powered online casino site which accepts Bitcoin payments. It includes around 250 various casino games and a poker room. Ignition is licensed by Kahnawake Gaming Commission, provides 24/7 support and also features games by Spinomenal, Genesis Gaming and RTG. Bovada is derived from the Bodog Casino brand, looks very welcoming and features slots and table games developed by Rival Gaming and RTG. Bovada Casino offers plenty of goodies, including a welcome bonus, weekend promos and easy payouts through Bitcoin and Check by Courier.

 

Regulation and legality of online gambling

The state constitution in Nebraska does not specifically address online gaming. On the other hand, the terms ‘computer gaming device’ and ‘electronic gaming device’ are mentioned in the general definition of illegal gambling outlined in section 28-1101 (4). The grey area in Nebraska is leaning towards the illegal, but, in reality, no one has ever been arrested for gambling online in the state, or prosecuted. The laws should be more explicit. The way things are, any laptop, smartphone, tablet, or VR headset could be considered an illegal gambling device. It also could not. No internet gambling crimes have been committed, and players are confident enough to play at offshore gaming websites.

 

Fun facts about Nebraska

  • The Cornhuskers’ football stadium holds more than 90,000 people and on days when games are played the stadium becomes the third most populated place in the state. Only Omaha and Lincoln have more people.

 

  • Nebraska is home to Carhenge, the replica of Stonehenge made out of 39 carefully arranged automobiles. It stands north of Alliance, and was made by artist Jim Reinders in honor of his father.
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