Top states for casino gambling in the United States
While the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has fifty states, not all of them are happy with games of chance, and even fewer are famous for this time-honored form of entertainment. Let us stand in awe at the giants of gambling, the pillars of prizes and the foundations of fortune – here are the top US states for casino gambling. We are not focusing on the mere number of casinos per state. Rather, the main focus of the article will be the fame of the gambling states in question. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
This list could hardly begin without Louisiana, home to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and many other cities where not a small number of hustlers and fortune seekers have traveled to and settled. Louisiana harbors some 54 casinos, each equipped to handle your desires. This state legalized riverboat gambling in 1991 and casino gambling in 1992, which isn’t to say the dice and cards hadn’t already found their place in many inns and other establishments.
During 1930s, this state was among those notorious for illegal gambling. In fact, Omaha was an infamous place of sin even back in 1854, which was the year of its foundation. Omaha may have only three casinos, which as a standalone fact is laughable, but what we need to consider is the history of gambling in this fine city, as well as the fact that the casinos in question are owned and operated by the Native Americans. The state might seem like an odd choice for this list, though we urge you to withhold your judgment until you have a go at this unique experience.
If the number of casinos is still what you find impressive, then we suggest checking out the marvelous Mississippi, where you can find about thirty such establishments. The gross casino revenue of this state is over 2 billion dollars. Native Americans gambled here centuries ago, even before the colonization of the West, and now tourists from other states and around the world challenge Lady Luck on the banks of Biloxi.
While it possesses fewer casinos than Mississippi, Pennsylvania out-earns its southern sister by one billion dollars in revenue coming from casinos. It is interesting to point out that this state came to the poker table much later than others. Most states legalized gambling officially and completely at the start of 1990s. Pennsylvania, however, waited until 2004 to officially allow casino gambling, and even then, three full years passed before the first casino actually opened. Nevertheless, it quickly caught up on the gambling trend, and now Pennsylvania is one of the top states in the US in terms of casino gambling.
We couldn’t begin the list without Louisiana, and it is only fitting to end it with Nevada. While last on this list, it is certainly not the least, since the state and its cities are synonymous with games of chance and bright lights. In fact, Nevada was something of a pioneer in legalized gambling, as Reno became the first mecca of gaming in 1935. The state’s trademark neon lights came to be after the Second World War, and Las Vegas took over the mantle of the gaming city. Since then, the city and state have been thriving and, by all accounts, will continue to do so.