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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 40

  • Economic Impact $3.72 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 29,160

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $516.4 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $1.51 Billion (2016)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

There are 11 compacted gaming tribes in Minnesota. The compacts with each tribe are substantially similar.

The tribal gaming commission has the primary responsibility for the on-site regulation, control and security of the gaming operation.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has the limited authority to monitor and inspect the gaming operations to ensure that the gaming operation is conducted in compliance with the compact and applicable regulations.

While tribes are authorized to enter into management contracts for the management of the tribal casinos, all have chosen not to do so.

Under the current compacts, tribes are allowed to authorize video games of chance and blackjack tables.

The compacts are effective in perpetuity. The compacts may not be re-opened or renegotiated unless both sides agree to do so. Amendments can be and have been made to the compacts.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Manufacturers/Distributors License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

REVENUE SHARE
There is no revenue-sharing provision in exchange for limited or total exclusivity in any of the compacts. However, the state does receive compensation for regulatory oversight.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
None

 

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
None

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described in IGRA.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
None

SELF-EXCLUSION
Some tribal casinos offer self-exclusion and self-limit programs. However, it is not required by the compacts.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Tribal casinos in Minnesota may offer complimentary alcoholic drinks. However, some tribal casinos are located on dry reservations and therefore do not serve any alcohol.

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
None

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
None

AGE RESTRICTIONS
The minimum gambling age at tribal casinos is 18.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
No video game of chance may be purchased, leased or acquired by the tribe unless it has been tested, approved or certified by a gaming test laboratory.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
None

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Not allowed