Wagering a buck in Utah
Utah is not what you’d call a gambling friendly state; however there is gambling available if you look for it.
Texas Holdem style Poker
There are at least two known poker rooms available in the state of Utah, including Club Full House, located in Layton, and The Flop House located in Orem.
Until recently there were three, The Big SLC formerly located in Sandy was closed down by city officials, however they claim they will be back in business elsewhere soon.
According to an article written in the Salt Lake Tribune, there are plenty of underground illegal poker games happening everyday in Utah as well, we won’t however go into that here.In addition to brick and mortar poker rooms, and underground home games for big money, Utah also has its fair share of online gamblers.
Utah State Lottery?
Actually, no, the state of Utah does not have its own lottery. This does not keep Utah residents from buying that weekly ticket however, actually it seems that Utah is really missing the boat here, Gambling Magazine reports that residents of Utah spend more than 6Million dollars annually on Idaho’s lottery, in fact, the two largest sellers of lotto tickets in Idaho are stores located on the Utah-Idaho border. The two store owners both reported that a very large percentage of lottery sales went to drivers of cars sporting Utah license plates.
Dinner out.. with a nice game of Bingo
Even the bingo halls have in Utah have found a loop hole.
There are several Bingo Parlors located in Utah, The owners of the bingo halls argue that their halls are operating within the law as they do not charge bingo players for their cards. Go in have a nice dinner, and bingo is free with your meal.
West Valley prosecutors tried to close down one of these dinner time bingo parlors in July 2005. Prosecutors argued that the price of a meal is $25 where it would cost pennies on the dollar anywhere else. It took more than six months for the verdict to arrive, but in the end the bingo hall won. It seems the defenses argument that customers could in fact play bingo for free, without purchasing dinner was a strong one, and the bingo hall remains open today. The case did however provide a nice little precedent for bingo establishments in the state of Utah.