Nebraska sits in the Heartland of America, surrounded by states that have embraced casinos and gambling like Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. Just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska is Council Bluffs, Iowa, with several large casinos of their own: Harrahs, Horseshoe and Ameristar, and the tax benefits to the state have been enticing for Nebraska legislators, but so far they have resisted the temptation to legalize open gaming. Instead, Nebraska has stayed with horse racing only, and seen just a few Native American casinos open.
While slot machines are found in the casinos, there are no Vegas-style casinos with table games like blackjack or craps. Again, surrounding states offer more open gaming than Nebraska, and they do siphon-off some of the tax dollars that could be captured from within the states own borders.
On the other hand, personal ownership of slot machines of any are is legal in Nebraska. Collectors in the state regularly visit large events to buy and trade machines and they can be found for sale in several locations.
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Gaming memorabilia collectors are also well-represented in the state.
Today there are five horse race tracks and simulcast locations to bet on races from around the country. The legal age to wager on horse races in Nebraska is 19. Youll also be able to play the lottery and Keno at 19.
Columbus Races at 822 15th Street, Columbus, Nebraska 68601 (800) 314-2983. Live racing July to September, 6pm to 9pm Daily. Simulcast 10am until late evening Thursday through Sunday. Website – www.agpark.com There is one snack bar.
Fonner Park at 700 East Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 (308) 382-4515. $5 fee for Clubhouse admission February-May. Simulcast wagering available year round, daily 11am to 10pm. There is one restaurant. Additional gaming: Keno. Website – www.fonnerpark.com
Hastings Fairplay Park at 947 South Baltimore Avenue, Hastings, Nebraska 68901 (402) 463-2331. Simulcast, sports bar and grill. Additional gaming: Keno.
Lincoln Race Course at 7055 South First Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68512 (402) 474-5371 Simulcast racing, opens at 10am. One restaurant and bar. Website – www.lincolnracing.com
Horsemens Park at 6303 Q Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68117 (402) 731-2900 Three sports bars, one restaurant. Live Racing in July, simulcast 10am to 10pm. Website – www.horsemenspark.com
Bingo is big business in Nebraska, with games found from Ainsworth to York and dozens of towns in-between. All games are maintained by organizations like the VFW and American Legion.Minimum age for play is 18.
Native American Casinos in Nebraska
Iron Horse Bar and Casino at 1106 South Main Street, Emerson, Nebraska 68733 (402) 695-3654 The casino has one restaurant and is open each day, 9am until 11pm (1am Saturday, Sunday morning). 2,000- square feet of gaming space houses 87 electronic Bingo and gaming machines.
Ohiya Casino & Resort at 53142 Highway 12, Niobrara, Nebraska 68760 (402) 857-3860. The property has a 45-room hotel and one restaurant. There are a total of 408 video gaming machine in the 35,000- square foot gaming space. Gaming is 24-hours.
Lucky 77 Casino at 200 Main Street, Walthill, Nebraska 68067 (402) 846-5545. Casino is open daily, 10am until 2am. There is a snack bar and 64 video machines.
Native Star Casino at 1500 Industrial Parkway, Winnebago, Nebraska 68071 (402) 878-2901. One restaurant and 83 video machines.Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-1am. The casinos 600-square foot gaming space features eighty-three gaming machines. The property has one restaurant.
Slots found at all casinos in Nebraska are ticket-in-ticket-out. All you need to do is place your cash in the bill validator and check your credits.When you are done playing, your ticket can be used in any other machine, or cashed-out at the cashier cage or in the bill-redemption machine for cash