The Legality of Online Poker and the Online Lottery
In the United States, the legality of playing poker on the Internet varies by state. While most states allow for gaming, a few prohibit it altogether. Currently, online poker is not regulated in Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Virginia. However, six states will offer legal online poker by the end of 2023.
One of the first states to allow for online poker was Delaware. It is one of the most lenient states when it comes to gambling. The state has three land-based casinos, as well as several card rooms, and it has potential for more in the future.
Another state that permits poker on the internet is Nevada. As the state with the most land-based casinos, Nevada is a great location to play poker, but it is also a state that is very competitive with other states for the most talented players. Poker is a popular game at Nevada’s casinos and at several of the country’s largest tournaments. Currently, Nevada is the world’s largest legal online poker market.
Connecticut is another state that hasn’t allowed for online poker. Although the state is technically prohibited from doing so, it has granted special exemptions to some individuals who gamble for themselves. Additionally, the state has a section of the General Statutes that specifically mentions poker as being illegal. This may not sound like a lot, but it is quite a big deal in the state.
Utah is another state that has a long history of resistance to poker and other forms of gaming. Nevertheless, the state recently made it possible for people to play a few hands of poker at tribal casinos. Also, the state will soon be the home of the first legal sportsbooks in the nation.
Alabama, however, has no online poker. Similarly, Hawaii has been a tough nut to crack. Long resisted other forms of gaming, the state has never been one to rush into the new world of gambling. That said, a few lawmakers have recently considered regulating it. Whether or not this will happen is up for debate, but it is safe to say that online poker is a possibility.
New York State has been considering legislation that would regulate online poker since 2014. The state hasn’t passed the law yet, but it is possible that the state could be a contender for the next ‘legal’ online poker state in the United States. Until then, players from the Empire State can only play at sites licensed in neighboring states.
South Dakota was another state to pass sports betting legislation, but it is not known whether it will ever pass a pro-poker bill. Meanwhile, Tennessee has never had an online poker site. Likewise, Iowa has not even passed a pro-poker bill.
Finally, Michigan will also be able to offer legal online poker in 2021. The state has a lot of poker fans, and would love to be able to play at a website with their favorite game. However, that doesn’t mean that Michigan will launch its own site, which means that Indiana residents will have to travel to Michigan to get their fix of poker.