Introduction to Georgia Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Georgia slot machine casino gambling consists of a single casino boat which makes daily trips to international waters where casino gambling is legal.
There are no legal limits on payout returns for this Georgia casino boat, and no public reporting of its actual payout return statistics.
This post continues the weekly blog series Online Resource: State-By-State Slots Gambling Summaries, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambling enthusiasts to success. Each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Georgia*
The minimum gambling age in Georgia depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: n/a
- Poker Rooms: n/a
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The legal gambling age on casino boats sailing from Georgia ports is 18. Anyone wishing to board such casino cruises can only do so by presenting a government-issued photo I.D. showing they meet this minimum gambling age of 18 for Georgia.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Georgia
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in Georgia if it was manufactured before 1950.
Gaming Control Board in Georgia
There is no Georgia gaming control board to regulate or otherwise authorize slot machine casino gambling in Georgia.
However, there is both a Georgia Lottery Corporation as well as a state-run Commercial Gambling Unit. This Commercial Gambling Unit has responsibilities related to coin-operated amusement machines in Georgia’s convenience stores and other locations around the state.
Casinos in Georgia
There is one casino based in Georgia, which is a casino boat which ships out of Brunswick. There are no other casinos in Georgia.
List of Casinos in Georgia
The single casino in Georgia is a casino boat offering daily cruises. It is operated by Golden Isles Cruise Lines. The casino boat, the Emerald Princess II Casino, can accommodate up to 400 passengers. The current ticket price for individuals to board is $10.
Regularly scheduled cruises are currently:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 7 p.m. to Midnight
- Friday and Saturday:
- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
List of Tribal Casinos in Georgia
There are no tribal casinos in Georgia. In addition, the state of Georgia has no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Georgia slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
Georgia is bordered by:
Each of the above links will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to Georgia.
Payout Returns in Georgia
Casino cruises are to international waters, where there are no gaming jurisdictions. As a result, there are no legal limits for minimum or maximum payout returns.
Therefore, a casino boat operator need only set their theoretical payout returns to satisfy their business goals. For example, setting them too low could result in an unacceptable amount of customer dissatisfaction as well as loss of reputation and subsequent business.
Also, casino boat operators are not legally required to publish their actual payout return statistics and, typically, do not do so.
Summary of Georgia Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Georgia slot machine casino gambling consists of one casino boat, the Emerald Princess II Casino, sailing out of Brunswick. As a casino boat, it sails three miles offshore to international waters where gambling is not illegal. Individuals must be 18 to board.
Being in international waters, casino boat operators are not legally required to have a minimum payout return. Further, they are not legally required nor typically otherwise provide any actual payout return statistics.
Annual Progress in Georgia Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, one of the two available casino boats closed their business. The Emerald Princess II Casino out of Brunswick is still in operation, However, the Tradewinds Casino Cruise out of Savannah has permanently closed.
2017 Archive: Georgia Slot Machine Casino Gambling 2017 – Georgia slot machine casino gambling consists entirely of two casino boats, which sail three miles to international waters where gambling is legal. Machines are set to pay back whatever the operator wants, with no regard for a minimum payback percentage. Everyone must be at least 18 years of age to be allowed to board.
Other State-By-State Articles from Professor Slots
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