Like many other states in the southern part of the United States, Alabama outlaws most forms of gambling, including casinos outside of tribal areas. Alabama also does not have a state lottery, and there are no active horse racing tracks either.
Gaming Laws in Alabama
The Alabama Criminal Code Section 13A-12-21 makes simple gambling a crime punishable as a Class C misdemeanor, which is knowingly profiting from illegal activity as a player. Additional key parts of Alabama Criminal Code Section 13A-12 make it a Class A misdemeanor to promote gambling for profit, possess gambling records that may be used in the operation of a bookmaking scheme or lottery or possess a gambling device such as a slot machine. The Class A misdemeanor can result in up to one year in jail and a $6,000 fine.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama and legally operates three casinos in the state, including the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Creek Casino Wetumpka and Creek Casino Montgomery. These casinos feature hotels, restaurants and thousands of electronic gaming machines such as slots.
Sports Betting in Alabama
Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Alabama in accordance with Code Section 13A-12-20 that defines simple gambling as when a person stakes or risks something of value on the outcome of a game of chance or future event not under his or her control or influence, by an understanding that he or she or another person will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome. Illegal sports betting is a major issue in the state due to the popularity of college football.
Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Alabama, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.
Poker and Casino in Alabama
Poker and other casino games of any kind are not allowed in the state of Alabama outside of those located on tribal properties.
Because poker rooms are banned in the state of Alabama, online games appeal to interested players who must choose to pursue offshore websites in order to participate.
Other Gaming Options in Alabama
Betting on greyhound racing and parimutuel wagering are both permitted in Alabama. There are two greyhound racing tracks located outside Birmingham and Mobile while parimutuel wagering is also allowed in conjunction with horse and dog races, including those televised in other areas, but they must be run through a gambling commission and licensed by the state.
There is no state lottery in the state of Alabama.