Northwestern States


The state of Washington has 26 Indian casinos. Twenty-two of these casinos are operated by tribes that have agreements with the state government that permits them to offer table games, video slot machines, and certain kinds of video poker.

The video machines in these establishments do not take cash. The player must first purchase a smart card. Wins are added to the amount on the card; losses are deducted from the cardholder’s account.

The Spokane Tribe operates the other four casinos. The tribe has an ongoing disagreement with the state and its casinos are operated without an agreement with the state government. The Spokane tribe casinos have a variety of table games, plus conventional spinning-reel slots (which take the patron’s cash, instead of a smart card).

Only a few casinos in Washington are open on a 24-hour basis. All casinos have blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, video poker and pull tabs. One must be at least 18 years old to gamble in Washington, although if alcohol is served, gamblers must be at least 21 years of age.


There are five Indian casinos in Idaho. The facilities have video games and electronic pull-tab machines. These devices don’t pay winnings in cash; when a player wins, the machine prints a receipt which can be cashed by a floor attendant or by a cashier’s. Some Idaho casinos also have bingo.

According to David High in the attorney general’s office the terms of the compact between the tribes and the state do not require any minimum payback percentage that the gaming machines must return to the public.

All Idaho casinos are open 24 hours a day seven days a week. One must be at least 18 years old to gamble in the state.

Northwestern United States | Gambling in Idaho, Montana and WashingtonMontana

The state has six Indian casinos that have video gaming machines. These do not make payments in cash; instead, they print a receipt which must be redeemed by a cashier. Bets are limited to $2; payouts may not go higher than $1,000.

Bars and taverns in Montana may have as many as 20 video gaming machines which offer video keno, video poker, or video bingo. These devices do not make cash payments; instead, they print a receipt which must be redeemed by a cashier. One can bet up to $2 on the machines; payouts reach are limited to $800. One must be at least 18 to gamble in Montana.