Introduction to Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Hawaii slot machine casino gambling does not exist. This island state is among the most uncompromising of any U.S. state, territory, or the federal district with regards to prohibiting gambling. And, they do so for solid business reasons.
Hawaii prohibits all forms of gambling, including slot machines, table games, lotteries, horse and dog racing, sports betting, and even bingo. Social gaming is allowed with restrictions, which has the potential to be extended to other games such as craps.
Hawaii has not embraced gambling because there’s no profit in it. Their potential increase of state tax revenue is estimated to be between $20 million and $40 million. Yet, Hawaii’s tourism revenue is $1 billion.
Simply put, Hawaii would suffer a significant loss of income if it used their valuable land for a casino instead of what they are currently using it for – tourism.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Hawaii*
The minimum gambling age in Hawaii depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: n/a
- Poker Rooms: n/a
- Bingo: n/a
- Lottery: n/a
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: n/a
“Social gaming” is the only type of gambling that can be enjoyed without breaking the law. Craps may potentially be allowed as some view it to fall under Hawaii’s legal definition of social gaming.
According to the law, social gaming is allowed when:
- All participants must be 18 years or older.
- No corporation may benefit from the game, which prohibits the sale of food and drinks at such events.
- All players begin the game on level terms.
- The house does not receive a percentage of the profits.
- The game may not be conducted inside a business or in view of the public.
Gambling in Hawaii is considered a misdemeanor offence under most circumstances. It can become a felony if an individual receives more than
- $1,000 per day in lottery bet income
- five bookmaking wagers per day with a value over $500
Daily fantasy sports have come under scrutiny from lawmakers, who have gone on the public record as expressing their opinion that it is gambling.
*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 Hawaii
The private ownership of slot machines in Hawaii is prohibited.
Gaming Control Board in Hawaii
No gaming control board has yet been established in Hawaii.
Casinos in Hawaii
There are no land-based casinos in Hawaii. Cruise ships visiting Hawaii offer casino-style gambling if traveling somewhat away from the Hawaiian islands in international waters.
List of Casinos in Hawaii
Other than the aforementioned visiting cruise ships, there are no non-tribal casinos in Hawaii.
Horse racing was once popular on the islands, enjoyed by the royal family and the financial elite in the 1800s and early 1900s. The industry nearly died out prior to 1920, but made a strong, if short-lived, comeback during World War II.
List of Tribal Casinos in Hawaii
Hawaii has no federally recognized American Indian tribes.
Federal recognition of Native Hawaiians has been proposed but is surrounded by controversy. In essence, some Hawaiian politicians believe recognition might interfere with Hawaii’s claims to independence as a constitutional monarchy through international law.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Hawaii slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring nearby casino options.
Hawaii has the following less-than-nearby neighbors:
Each of the links above will take you to my specific blog for that neigboring state or territory to the state of Hawaii.
Payout Returns in Hawaii
No information is available regarding theoretical or actual payout returns in Hawaii as slot machines are illegal.
Our Hawaii Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Hawaii? If so, join our new Hawaii slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling on or near Hawaii. Come join us!
Summary of Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Hawaii slot machine casino gambling does not exist. Alongside Utah, Hawaii is one of the most uncompromising states towards legalized gambling.
Why? Because there’s no profit in doing so. All available land is being used to support Hawaii’s strong tourism industry. So, diverting any of this valuable land toward establishing a casino property would mean suffering a tremendous loss of revenue.
Annual Progress in Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling
There has been no progress toward legalized gambling in Hawaii over the last year.
- J. Rogers, “100 Best things to do Hawaii”, Your RV Lifestyle
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