Known for its healthy country music scene (not to mention its rock and roll icon, Elvis Presley), the state of Tennessee has a lot to offer its visitors. Located in the southeastern United States, it also has an impressive tourism industry: from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Dollywood and Graceland, people from all over the globe plan vacations to this sunny state. If your idea of fun involves a night gambling at the casino, read on to learn more about gambling in the state of Tennessee.
While you won't be able to find a proper casino in Tennessee due to its somewhat strict gambling laws, people who enjoy a good bet can be found gambling on local horse races or partaking in the state lottery (proceeds of which go to support state education). Visitors can also join in on the occasional fundraising game night for a local nonprofit. Finally, as of April of 2016, fantasy football betting is also allowed. Beyond this, however, visitors will need to head to a neighboring state for a night at the casino.
If you're looking for anything beyond a horse race or lottery ticket, you'll need to head out of the state. From French Lick Resort and Casino in French Lick, Indiana to Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, there are several casinos within an hour or two of the state, depending on where you are. All of the nearby casinos boast hundreds of slots, live entertainment and delicious dining.
This isn't to say that you can't get in on any "casino" gambling action while in Tennessee! Just boot up your computer and you can log into any number of offshore online casinos, which aren't prohibited in the state. In fact, there are no laws stopping Tennessee residents from playing in an online casino (though they aren't allowed to run one). While Tennessee's gambling laws are certainly strict, the state opens up the opportunity to fully explore online casinos and all they have to offer, from themed slots to video poker. Best of luck!