While Nebraska casinos come nowhere near the number and pedigree of casinos
in Las Vegas,
those looking to indulge in a spot of Nebraska gambling while in the state need
not head home disappointed. There’s a selection of Native American-run casinos
in Nebraska that offer video gaming machines and bingo, while various horse
and dog racing tracks also allow for visitors to hedge their bets and cross
their fingers. Gambling in Nebraska may not be one of the state’s headlining
attractions, but it’s nonetheless a possibility.
Of all the Nebraska casinos, the Ohiya Casino & Bingo is probably the biggest. Its 14,000 square feet comprise 195 gaming machines, 100 bingo seats, and a restaurant that sells round-the-clock grub. What’s more, it's unlike other casinos in Nebraska in that it offers a convention space for medium-sized meetings. The Iron Horse Bar and casino in Emerson is another place where you can try Nebraska gambling. It’s much smaller than the Ohiya Casino & Bingo, but you’ll nonetheless find around 100 gaming machines on which to chance your luck. An onsite restaurant serves welcome respite when needed.
Other Nebraska casinos include the Lucky 77 Casino in Walthill, and the Native Star Casino in Winnebago. As these are dotted around the state, and are often out of town, the best way to reach them is by car. Visitors can easily secure car rentals in Nebraska at a cheap rate; the mobility it affords makes the cost more than worthwhile. With a rented car, you can drive out to any one of the casinos in Nebraska, and combine the trip with other things to do in the area. Nebraska is full of such opportunities, with the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Old Market in Omaha, and the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln all making for an excellent day out.
Aside from the casinos, Nebraska gambling comes in the form of thoroughbred horseracing. Horsemen’s Park is a 5/8th of a mile track in Omaha that is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and normally features at least seven races per day (the weekends see a packed schedule with somewhere close to 20 races on offer). As according to state laws, you must be at least 19 years old to place a wager. That does not mean children are prohibited from entry, however; as long as an adult accompanies them, kids are freely allowed to enter the complex and watch the races.
Gambling plays a surprisingly important role in the state’s history, as Omaha was once one of the gambling capitals in the US. Today, gambling in Omaha is limited to keno and slot machines. That’s not to say visitors here will miss out on casinos altogether – with Iowa just across the river, there are plenty of places in which to win big. Iowa’s gambling laws are comparatively less strict, which means visitors can still get their share of casino-related fun while staying at Omaha hotels or motels.