US gambling market: American gambling exists outside Las Vegas

US gambling market

Las Vegas is American gambling market’s business card. Licensing Gaming experts tell about US ground gambling market outside Nevada state.


It’s quite hard to have a business in the USA. There are certain difficulties, related to the working specifics with gambling in addition to the legal regulations rigor, which may vary significantly depending on the particular state’s burdensome tax system.

We have learned the information published in official sources and communicated with Licensing Gaming company’s specialists in order to get a complete understanding of the US gambling market functioning. The material provides the gambling licenses obtaining and work terms in the US market.


US gambling market: the gambling types allowed

Las Vegas gambling monopoly has not been operating in the United States for a long time, contrary to popular belief. A relatively recent American legislative system’s innovation is PASPA federal law cancellation, adopted in 1992, prohibiting gambling and similar games. The prohibition was cancelled by the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018, which allowed local authorities to choose their own policy, related to the betting operations legalization in the states.

Thus, the sports betting industry has been added to the previously legal ground-based casinos with the slot-machines and lotteries use with a reservation to state legislation, which has been reformed in multiple federal units over the past year.

Gambling in Las Vegas

US gambling industry has got several specific features: for example, tribal casinos are common throughout the state. This means gambling establishments, which can be located on the land, originally belonging to Indian tribes, and being controlled by them. Sometimes the state authorities sign the agreement with the exclusive gambling services type’s representatives in the state. As a rule, this is about certain gambling services types, provided in casinos. But the issue of tribal monopoly rights for the current gambling type is increasingly being discussed in the sports betting operations legalization context.

A special place among other gambling entertainment in America is occupied by the lottery. American industry’s leaders are the world-famous Powerball and Mega Millions. The current lottery operators support interstate transactions while being famous for both playing the world’s largest jackpots as well as extremely generous deposits to the state budgets. Powerball and Mega Millions work in 44 states and the money, being generated by the lottery giants, is redirected to important social needs.


Gambling licenses types in the USA

There are three gambling licenses types in the United States, according to which the operators are entitled to provide gambling-related services.

The first type is a limited license. Licensing Gaming specialists note the current license type provides the operator with a chance to open the slot machine hall, provided the hall will contain no more than fifteen equipment pieces. The license doesn’t give the right to provide other gambling services types, including popular table gambling. The current licensing type is interesting for medium-sized gambling halls, entertainment centersa and bars or restaurants owners, as a rule.

Gambling licenses types in the USA

The second licensing type – unlimited permit has two subtypes. The difference is the first license subtype allows to organize the slot machines operation with an unlimited equipment types number, but doesn’t apply to the equipment installation for table gambling. The second licensing type provides the right to install both an unlimited slot machines and gaming tables number.

“The third licensing type implies a special permit, which the operator can be provided with to place gambling equipment in a casino, owned by the third party. The tenant’s working terms are discussed by the bargain parties”, – according to Licensing Gaming specialists.

These current licensing types relate to the direct gambling activities implementation. The legislation involves the documents preparation for each individual company’s employee. Gambling equipment production and supply is regulated by a completely different system while being licensed separately.


US gambling market’s working terms

American gambling business provide a long formation story. Despite the fact that sports betting is currently at the final legislative consolidation stage while being a novelty for multiple states, the current status does not concern other gambling types. This contributes to multiple operation features in the market.

“Getting the loan from the bank is the largest challenge for a foreign gambling business in the United States. As a rule, the operator only is entitled to take the current privilege benefit”, – according to Licensing Gaming representatives.
USA gambling markets working terms

Getting a license for the right to provide gambling services is quite long process while the modern industry is developing at an accelerated pace.

In addition, the US gambling market is a stable environment, within which the large actors set internal unspoken rules just by negotiating with each other. A general refusal to serve free alcohol drinks in gambling institutions, which was introduced recently, may be deemed such actions example.



Licensing Gaming experts note that American market is one of the most complicated in the world in the state pressure terms and in the competitive market density context, despite the accelerated pace of gaming industry development and new horizons for operators.

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