Introduction to North Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
North Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of six American Indian tribal casinos. Otherwise, North Dakota prohibits slot machines at racetracks and other OTB facilities as well as 800 charitable gaming sites.
Minimum and maximum payout limits have been set with different minimum limits for video poker and video blackjack versus physical-reel and video slot machines. Return statistics are not publicly 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 North Dakota*
The minimum legal gambling age in North Dakota depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18, or younger if accompanied by an adult
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Beginning in 1992, five negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts were approved allowing Class III Vegas-style gaming machines at tribal casinos in North Dakota. At these tribal casinos, the maximum bet is $25.
*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 North Dakota
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in the state of North Dakota if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in North Dakota
The North Dakota gaming commission is the Licensing and Gaming Division of The Attorney General’s Office. This gaming control board is responsible for enforcing gaming regulations on:
- Charitable Gaming
- Tribal Gaming
- North Dakota Lottery
With regards to slot machines, the commission conducts random inspections at tribal casinos to ensure game integrity and compliance with wager limits and prize payout ratios.
Casinos in North Dakota
There are six American Indian tribal casinos in North Dakota.
The largest casino in North Dakota is Dakota Magic Casino Hotel with 1,001 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Sky Dancer Hotel Casino & Resort with 820 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in North Dakota
There are no commercial casinos in North Dakota with slot machines. However, two racetracks and a series of Off-Tracking Betting (OTB) sites without slot machines exist. Further, another 800 sites state-wide offer charitable gaming but, also, none offer slot machines.
Tribal Casinos in North Dakota
The six tribal casinos in North Dakota are:
- Dakota Magic Casino Hotel in Hankinson found 255 miles southeast of Bismarck.
- Four Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town found 152 miles northwest of Bismarck.
- Grand Treasure Casino in Trenton found 233 miles northwest of Bismarck near the border to Montana.
- Prairie Knights Casino & Resort in Fort Yates found 51 miles south of Bismarck.
- Sky Dancer Hotel Casino & Resort in Belcourt found 188 miles north of Bismarck.
- Spirit Lake Casino & Resort in St. Michael found 173 miles northeast of Bismarck.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying North Dakota slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering North Dakota is:
- North: Canadian Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba
- East: Minnesota Slots
- South: South Dakota Slots
- West: Montana Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to North Dakota.
Our North Dakota Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in North Dakota? If so, join our new North Dakota 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 North Dakota. Join us!
Payout Returns in North Dakota
Each gaming compact states the theoretical payout for slot machines is between 80% and 100%. Games of skill machines such as video poker and video blackjack have theoretical payouts between 83% and 100%.
Monthly gaming statistics are not publicly available, as the gaming compacts do not require it.
Summary of North Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
North Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of six tribal casinos. The maximum bet is $25. Electronic gaming machines are not available at North Dakota’s other gambling centers including pari-mutual wagering racetracks, OTB facilities, or 800+ locations with charitable gaming.
Slot machines have a minimum theoretical payout of 80% while video games of skill have been set to 83%. Both types of gaming machines have a maximum theoretical payout of 100%. Return statistics are not publicly available.
Annual Progress in North Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, there has no significant change to the slots gaming industry in North Dakota.
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