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United States Slot Machine Laws

A slot machine (American), fruit machine (British), or poker machine (Australian) is a casino gambling machine with three or more reels which spin when a button is pushed. Slots are also known as one-armed bandits because slot machines were originally operated by a lever on the side of the machine (the one arm) instead of a button on the front panel, and because of their ability to leave the gamer penniless. Many modern machines still have a legacy lever in addition to the button.

Slot machines include a currency detector that validates the coin or money inserted to play. The machine pays off based on patterns of symbols visible on the front of the machine when it stops. Modern computer technology has resulted in many variations on the slot machine concept. Slot machines are the most popular gambling method in casinos and constitute about 70 percent of the average casinos income. It is estimated that thirty percent or more of the profits from gambling machines come from problem gamblers.

Shown below is a list of potential state laws regarding the possession and sale of slot machines within the United states. This list can change at any time and without notice and is meant to be used only as an idea of what each states has in regards to slot machine laws. You should check with your own state before purchasing or selling any type of gambling device that utilizes legal US currency. 

  • Alabama Any Class II LEGAL
  • Alaska Any machine LEGAL
  • Arizona Any machine LEGAL
  • Arkansas Any machine LEGAL
  • California 25 years or older
  • Colorado Pre-1984
  • Connecticut Any Machine PROHIBITED
  • Delaware 25 years or older
  • District of Columbia Pre-1952
  • Florida 20 years or older
  • Georgia Pre-1950
  • Hawaii Any machine PROHIBITED
  • Idaho Pre-1950
  • Illinois 25 years or older
  • Indiana Any machine PROHIBITED
  • Iowa 25 years or older
  • Kansas Pre-1950
  • Kentucky Any machine LEGAL
  • Louisiana 25 years or older
  • Maine Any machine LEGAL
  • Maryland Any machine LEGAL
  • Massachusetts 30 years or older
  • Michigan 25 years or older
  • Minnesota Any machine LEGAL
  • Mississippi 25 years or older
  • Missouri 30 years or older
  • Montana 25 years or older
  • Nebraska Any machine PROHIBITED
  • New Hampshire 25 years or older
  • New Jersey Pre-1941
  • New Mexico 25 years or older
  • New York 30 years or older
  • Nevada Any machine LEGAL
  • North Carolina 25 years or older
  • North Dakota 25 years or older
  • Ohio Any machine LEGAL
  • Oklahoma 25 years or older
  • Oregon 25 years or older
  • Pennsylvania Pre-1950
  • Rhode Island Any machine LEGAL
  • South Carolina Any machine PROHIBITED
  • South Dakota Pre-1941
  • Tennessee Any machine PROHIBITED
  • Texas Any machine LEGAL
  • Utah Any machine LEGAL
  • Vermont Pre-1954
  • Virginia Any machine LEGAL
  • Washington 25 years or older
  • West Virginia Any machine LEGAL
  • Wisconsin 25 years or older
  • Wyoming 25 years or older




Slot machines include a currency detector that validates the coin or money inserted to play. The machine pays off based on patterns of symbols visible on the front of the machine when it stops. Modern computer technology has resulted in many variations on the slot machine concept. Slot machines are the most popular gambling method in casinos and constitute about 70 percent of the average casinos income. It is estimated that thirty percent or more of the profits from gambling machines come from problem gamblers.