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The state of Vermont is famous for a number of things, including maple syrup and high safety rankings. But the sweetness of Vermont does tend to stop there, if you're a gambling fan. Vermont isn't a classic gambling state and that which does exist withinin its border trails many other states.
Gamblers in Vermont technically have a couple options when it comes to making bets. The first is charitable gambling. Another is Vermont Lottery. The other option is betting on parimutuel horse racing, but there's a big problem for those who want to back a winning horse: in Vermont, there are no more racetracks, so the law is rendered worthless. And unfortunately for gamblers in Vermont, there aren't any Native American casinos on tribal lands, which means gamblers in the state only have the opportunity to play poker, slots, roulette and blackjack at the rare sanctioned charity event.
While some of the charity casino events held in Vermont offer some good-quality table gaming, the restriction on prizes mean that it's not "real" casino gambling. And with attempts to build a Vermont state casino hitting the rocks in the courts, gamblers need to look elsewhere. The best bet is to head south to Connecticut and visit either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, two excellent casino resorts.
For now, Vermonters will have to make that trip to play a casino game. There are no legal online options - and little interest among lawmakers to establish them.
As with casino gambling, playing poker in Vermont itself is restrictive. The charity events offer some nice poker games, but the prizes simply can't compare with the real thing. The route to playing poker in Vermont is once again to head to Connecticut, or other casinos in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. Like with online table games, poker is also prohibited online in Vermont.
Sports bettors in Vermont are in the same scenario as poker and casino players. Vermont technically allows betting on horse races, but conveniently for anti-gambling advocates, the state no longer has any racetracks. Bets on all other sports like football, basketball and baseball are prohibited. Unlike some of its New England neighbors, Vermont has shown little interest to allow sports betting in its borders.