Is Online Gambling Legal in Alabama?
Online gambling is illegal in Alabama; what is more, Alabamian online casinos are prohibited from operating inside the Alabama state borders. Bookmakers are under the same ban.
An alternative to online casino gambling in Alabama are social casinos, also known as sweeps casinos. Facebook apps that offer popular online casino games such as slots, video poker, and blackjack are free to play for prizes or pure entertainment, with no money exchanged.
Those Alabamians who want to gamble for real in the state can do so at offshore-based sites. However, gambling at offshore-based casinos is not recommended as they are unregulated and offer no protections or safeguards to their account holders.
The gambling age in Alabama for casino gambling is 21 years, poker is 19 years while horse racing and bingo are 18 years and above.
Are Land-Based Casinos Allowed in Alabama?
Land-based gambling in Alabama is allowed, but only at tribal casinos.
Currently, there are four tribal casinos that operate in Alabama: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Wetumpka, and Victoryland, located in Shorter. All of these casinos operate under Class II gaming rules established by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.
What is a Class II gaming facility betting? Class II gambling includes bingo, instant bingo, pull tabs, punch boards, tip jars, and other games similar to bingo that are played in the same venue as bingo.
Which Forms of Online Gambling are Legal in Alabama?
At this time, Daily Fantasy Sports and online pari-mutuel horse racing betting via advance deposit wagering platforms are the only forms of gambling legal in Alabama.
In that sense, online gambling in Alabama (other than social casinos) is non-existent with casino-style games like roulette, poker, craps, and slot machines strictly forbidden in the state. In addition, Alabama's constitution forbids the establishment of a state lottery.
Can I Get in Trouble for Gambling in an Alabamian Online Casino?
For gamblers of the Yellowhammer state who try their luck at offshore casinos, there is no fear that they will pay any fines or get in trouble for taking part in online gambling since offshore casinos do not fall under Alabama’s jurisdiction.
However, do keep in mind that offshore casinos don’t offer any security or guarantee that protects the players – so, be careful when choosing your online gambling platform or skip this pleasure altogether.
What is the Future of AL Online Gambling?
With the current state of things, online casino gambling does not appear to be on the radar for Alabama.
The most realistic opportunity for Alabama to legalize online gambling is through sports betting. Although sports betting is not permitted in Al, the most recent bill proposed both in-person and online sports wagering, offering up to four licenses to casino operators.
Nevertheless, a new law about online gambling in Alabama may be coming sometime during 2022 and challenge the current state of things in this state.