Introduction to Idaho Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Idaho slot machine casino gambling consists of seven tribal casinos ranging from resorts to truck stops.
No theoretical payout limits or return statistics are available.
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 Idaho*
The minimum legal gambling age in Idaho does not depend upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 18
- Poker Rooms: Not available
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The state originally adopted criminal and constitutional prohibitions against Class III gaming except pari-mutuel betting and a state lottery. After challenge from the tribes, ultimately the state amended its constitution to allow these Vegas-style gaming machines.
The maximum bet in Idaho is $50.
*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 Idaho
In Idaho, it is legal to own a slot machine privately if manufactured before 1950.
Gaming Control Board in Idaho
Idaho does not have a state gaming commission. Instead, it has state-tribal compacts with Idaho’s four federally-recognized American Indian tribes. These negotiated compacts determine Idaho’s gaming regulations along with its enforcement.
Casinos in Idaho
There are seven American Indian tribal casinos in Idaho.
The largest casino in Idaho is Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley with 1,600 gaming machines and 6 table games.
The second-largest casino is Clearwater River Casino and Lodge in Lewiston with 601 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Idaho
There are no non-tribal casinos in Idaho although, until 2014, the state had offered pari-mutuel wagering at horse racetracks.
Tribal Casinos in Idaho
The seven American Indian tribal casinos in Idaho are:
- Bannock Peak Casino in Pocatello located 57 miles southwest of Idaho Falls.
- Clearwater River Casino and Lodge in Lewiston located 260 miles north of Boise on the western border to Washington.
- Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley located 34 miles southeast of Spokane near the western border to Washington.
- Fort Hall Casino & Hotel in Fort Hall located 40 miles southwest of Idaho Falls.
- It’Se-Ye-Ye Casino in Kamiah located 229 miles north of Boise.
- Kootenai Casino and Spa in Bonners Ferry located 105 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington near the northern border to the Canadian Province of British Columbia.
- Sage Hill Travel Center and Casino in Blackfoot located 31 miles southwest of Idaho Falls.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Idaho slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Idaho is:
- North: British Columbia, Province of Canada
- East: Montana Slots and Wyoming Slots
- South: Nevada Slots and Utah Slots
- West: Oregon Slots and Washington Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Idaho.
Our Idaho Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Idaho? If so, join our new Idaho 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 in Idaho. Join us!
Payout Returns in Idaho
Idaho’s tribal-state compacts do not require a minimum theoretical payout return percentage. Further, these negotiated compacts don’t require the tribes report return statistics to the state.
Summary of Idaho Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Idaho slot machine casino gambling consists of seven tribal casinos offering video slot machines, electronic pull-tabs, and competition-style bingo machines. Some casinos also offer electronic forms of poker, keno, roulette, and blackjack.
Existing state-tribal compacts do not require a minimum payout return when gambling. Further, no actual return statistics are made available to the public.
Annual Progress in Idaho Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center has become the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel. While still an event center, it has re-branded by associating itself with two casinos owned and operated by the same tribe.
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