(Population of 741,894 as of 2017)
The largest state in terms of square miles, Alaska hosts various small Native American casinos that offer gaming options such as slots, bingo, and pulls tabs. On Sept. 10, 2013, a change in law allowed any gaming activity to be promoted on the internet in Alaska, but the change only pertained to promotion and advertising. Conduct of any gaming activity online is still illegal.
In 2016, Alaska passed the Alaska Gaming Reform Act, which regulates the Charitable Giving Program.
Through the act, the program extends charitable giving to include raffles, bingo and pull-tabs. Part of this effort was to force the giving online and eliminate paper records.
Alaska Senate and House also passed a bill, SB 157, that would enable Dave & Buster’s to open a location in Anchorage, clarifying that the state’s gambling law does include arcade-style amusement games of skill “(as opposed to chance) that reward tickets, credits, allowances, tokens or anything that can be redeemed for non-cash toys, candy and novelties at the same location,” reported the Alaska Dispatch News. Claw games are included in this set.
The tax revenue that Alaska’s limited population could produce isn’t going to inspire lawmakers to tackle iGaming on their own, though there’s a good chance they’d follow the lead of other states. It’s a potential domino, but with virtually no iGaming conversations being had, it’s not going to fall anytime soon.