Introduction to Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Hawaii slot machine casino gambling does not exist. For solid business reasons, the eight Hawaiian Islands is one of the most uncompromising states with regards to prohibiting gambling.
However, casino gambling is so popular with residents that they often refer to Las Vegas as Hawaii’s ninth island.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, 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 Hawaii*
The minimum legal gambling age on the Hawaiian Islands does not depend upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: Not available
- Poker Rooms: Not available
- Bingo: Not available
- Lottery: Not available
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Not available
Hawaii prohibits all forms of gambling, including slot machines, table games, lotteries, horse and dog racing, sports betting, and even bingo. Hawaii allows restricted social gaming, with a potential extension to other games such as craps. Craps might fall under Hawaii’s legal definition of social gaming.
Hawaii has not embraced gambling because there’s no profit in it. Their estimated potential increase of state tax revenue is 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.
Gambling in Hawaii is 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
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Hawaii
Hawaii prohibits private ownership of slot machines.
Gaming Control Board in Hawaii
Hawaii does not have any gaming control commissions.
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.
Casinos in Hawaii
There are no land-based casinos in Hawaii. Visiting cruise ships offer Vegas-style gambling when traveling in international waters, but not when located in nearby Hawaiian waters.
Commercial Casinos in Hawaii
There are no commercial casinos on the Hawaiian Islands.
Tribal Casinos in Hawaii
Hawaii has no federally recognized American Indian tribes.
Proposed federal recognition of Native Hawaiians is politically controversial. Some Hawaiian lawmakers 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 casino options in a nearby state. Near Guam is:
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. territory to Hawaii.
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 join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling on or near Hawaii. Join us!
Payout Returns in Hawaii
All slot machines are illegal in Hawaii plus, without a gaming commission, no information is available regarding theoretical or actual payout returns.
Summary of Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
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 supports Hawaii’s strong tourism industry. So, diverting any of this valuable land toward establishing a casino property would mean the state suffering a tremendous loss of business income tax revenue.
Annual Progress in Hawaii Slot Machine Casino Gambling
There has been no progress toward legalized gambling in Hawaii over the last year.
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