Idaho became the 43rd state in 1890, and is known as the Gem State and is the home to roughly around 1,300,000 people. Idaho was the second to the last state to legalize gambling in most recent years. In the 1930′s & 1940′s slot machines were permitted, the voters decided in 1948 that slots gaming was no longer legal within the state and should cease operations immediately.
Land Based Casinos
Today Idaho is also known for its amazing Native American casinos. Here the state has five operating casinos that offer their players electronic pull-tab machines, are open 24 hours a day and allow anyone who is of 18 years or older. Players can find just about any kind of gaming they can think of within these casinos. Players can find casinos all over the state including, Bannock Peak Casino, Itse Ye Ye Casino, Clearwater River Casino, Coeur D’Alene Casino, & more. To play in a casino a player must be 18 or over.
One form of gambling that has almost always been available is pari-mutuel gambling for thoroughbred, quarter horse and dog racing. Currently the state of Idaho offers 7 different racetracks for horse racing which include, Sandy Downs, Pocatello Downs, Oneida County Fair, Les Bois Park, Emmett Race Track, Eastern Idaho Fair & the Cassia County Fair. Idaho is home to just 1 dog racing track at Coeur d’Alene. Players who would like to participate in this kind of gambling must be 18 or over.
The state of Idaho also has a state lottery which allows players who are 18 and over to participate. The state lottery offers many different lotto games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Pick 3, Weekly Grand, Winner Take All, Idaho $1,000.000 & Wild Card. The Idaho Lottery began in July of 1989 and has pulled in about 2.1 billion since 1990 to 2011. From every $1 the lottery receives about $0.25 goes to the annual dividend.
Idaho currently does not have any laws against online gambling. Players should abide by the federal law which permits players who are 18 and over to partake in gambling activities. Players in the United States however cannot make deposits with their bank account or credit card information as the UIGEA states. The UIGEA was passed in 2006 and only prohibits banks & credit card companies from making deposits into online casinos. Players can benefit from playing online with many different game choices and tons of promotions that are not available in land based casinos.