Gambling in Alaska
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Guide to Online Gambling in Alaska: Are There Legal Gambling Sites in AK for 2019?

Alaska Daily Fantasy

Alaska differs from many other states in that there is currently no legislation governing daily fantasy games. It is one of just four states in the United States where no legislation has been introduced, the others being North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Though there is no legislation explicitly stating whether daily fantasy games are legal or illegal, they are available to play by Alaskans at their leisure.

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Gambling Laws in Alaska

Though Alaska has the most land mass of any U.S. state, it also has the sparsest population. So while gambling definitely exists in the state, there isn’t as much of a gambling lobby or legislative push in Alaska as you might find elsewhere in the country. For the most part, different forms of gambling are either completely illegal or unlegislated. Land-based casinos are illegal, as are their online counterparts. Though the state does have tribal gambling establishments, these only offer games of bingo or so-called ‘pull tab’ games. Pull tab games are a type of scratch card, where tabs can be pulled from a card to reveal symbols and form a winning combination.

Many locals find ways around the restrictive land laws by gambling on cruises in international or Canadian waters. Here, they can enjoy slot machines and table games at their leisure. Games of poker are typically permitted in Alaska if they fall under the state’s charity gambling laws, meaning no profit can be made from hosting the games.

History of Gambling in Alaska

The history of gambling in Alaska is relatively short, speaking from a purely legal standpoint. Though gambling has doubtless existed in the state in some form for a long time, the first laws regulating gambling weren’t introduced until 1960. Over the following decades, relatively few more laws were introduced, and the situation isn’t likely to change much in the near future either.

Alaska Gambling History
1960 The first Alaska gambling laws are written and the Department of Revenue becomes the overseer of all gambling regulation.
1984 The Department of Revenue legalizes pull tab games.
1993 The state takes full regulatory control of third-party gambling institutions, raising minimum payments from 15% to 30% in pull tab games.
1995 Gambling in cruise ship casinos off the coast of Alaska is legalized, but this law expired at the end of 1995 and was never re-enacted.
1996 Three video pull tab games are legalized – Sled Dog Race Classic, Snow Machine Classic, and Deep Freeze Classic.
2011 Pay-to-play golf video games are deemed to be gambling and are made illegal.

Alaska State Facts

As mentioned earlier, Alaska is the largest state in terms of land mass but the most sparsely populated, having the third lowest population of all the states. Of its estimated 739,795 residents, roughly half live within the greater Anchorage area. The state was purchased by the U.S. from the Russian Empire in 1867, but was not admitted as the 49th state in the union until January 1959. It both the northernmost and westernmost state in the union, and is colloquially referred to as “the last frontier”.

Facts About Alaska
Population 739,795
Min. Income $1,714.27
Biggest Offline Gambling Location Klawock Bingo
Gambling Commissioner
Spoken Languages English, Alaska Native languages, Tagalog, Spanish
Biggest Local Sports Team
Alaska Tax Authority
Link to the State Law
Gambling Winning Tax None
State Website Link
Famous Local Gamblers Perry Green, Greg Hobson

Gambling Age in Alaska

Like many states, Alaska has two official gambling ages which refer to different gambling activities. The legal age for playing in bingo halls is 19, whereas players must be at least 21 years of age in order to play pull tab games.

  • Online Gambling Age:
    None, as online gambling is illegal in Alaska.
  • Alcohol Age
    The minimum legal age of drinking in Alaska is 21 years.
  • Weed Age
    Alaskan Rezidents aged 21 and over can possess and use marijuana in the privacy of their own homes.

Responsible Gambling and Addiction Prevention

The main port of call when dealing with problem gambling in Alaska is the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees all addiction services in the state and provides information on gambling issues. Players who are seeking help can also contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, or reach out to Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon, and GamTalk.

Upcoming Regulation and Expected Changes

There are no upcoming changes on the horizon for gambling regulation and legislation in Alaska. The last time any legislation was introduced was in 2011, when it was ruled that a pay-to-play golfing game fell under the umbrella of gambling activity and was therefore deemed illegal. Be sure to check back to this page for any updates on the legal situation of gambling in Alaska.

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