June 15, 2010
The "free drink" is becoming less common in casinos as studies show that casinos
can sell more alcohol when they stop giving it away.
There are commercial casinos in 13 states.
"Free drinks" are allowed in 9 of them:
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
The other 4 states with commercial casinos must sell alcohol. No free
Source: American Gambling Association
Most of the 500 Indian casinos that operate in 28 of our states sell alcohol. Many
casino that do not are now seeking licenses to do so. This is evidenced by
the following examples:
- Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina got permission from voters last year
to add alcohol sales to its casino.
- Turning Stone in upstate New York won a state liquor license in May that
will make alcohol more widely available throughout its facilities.
- Fire Rock Casino, run by the Navajo in New Mexico, now serves alcohol
even though the sales or possession of it are prohibited on their
At most casinos the minimum age to enter is determined by the minimum age to
drink. In states that require a minimum age of 21 to enter a facility
serving alcohol, casino have set 21 as their minimum age to enter to protect the
provisions of their liquor license. Non-alcohol casinos generally allow
entrance to a minimum age of 18 years old.
Return to Indian Casinos.