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What Do People in Tennessee Do If They Want to Gamble?

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A couple of articles back we mentioned that Tennessee has some of the strictest gambling laws around. This got us to thinking: what do people in TN do if they do want to gamble? This is an interesting idea for us to explore as most people are quick to dismiss gambling as something foolish even though according to usgamblingsites.com it’s quite prevalent across the country.

We started asking around the office and got to talking about what some of us do if they want to relax a bit and earn a little along the way.

The Issue

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For the longest time, TN unilaterally considered most—if not all—forms of gambling to be illegal. There are a few that managed to escape that rule but the things that are usually allowed somewhere else like poker, roulette, blackjack are completely banned.

Gambling doesn’t always have to be about money. It can be an activity that people can enjoy because they are good at it. It can even be a friendly game. However, once money starts to be involved, the law becomes involved as well.

Band-Aid Solutions

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That being the issue, here are a few band-aid solutions that some avid gamblers do if they are residents of Tennessee yet wanted to gamble:

Cross State Lines

While TN doesn’t have any casinos or gambling halls, Mississippi has a lot of them, however. The band-aid solution would be to plan a trip and take a drive across state lines and go into a state where gambling is allowed.

Stick to Allowed Forms

When you’ve got slim pickings, can you still afford to be picky? Many TN gamblers simply belly up and make do with what they have to choose from. While most forms of sports betting is not allowed, horse racing is okay by the law.

While the law remains this way, these are the only things that TN residents can do. Do you gamble? What band-aid solution do you have when you crave to play?