Players who enjoy the game of poker will be hard pressed to find a game in the state, though they do exist. The state has a strict stance on the game but do allow it on occasion. The game is categorized as ‘chance’ and the state does not allow the authorization of any game of this type. However the state does allow for non-profit organizations to host games on as many as two times per year.
The Gaming Commission has issued the Games of Chance Administration Rules and tournaments put on by non-profits are to take place no more than 3 days and have an entry fee that is at least ten percent of the total buy-in.
The state also has poker options at their tribal run casinos. There are four tribes in the state which operate a total of ten casinos. The compacts between the state and the tribes limits gaming to slot machines but a few of the casinos are allowed to offer poker games
a few times each week. On the bright side, home games are an available option but players must keep the betting to $25 maximum per hand.
North Dakota may be restrictive on poker but they have considered online poker
in the past. Back in 2005, the state decided they would place a referendum to the ballot that would mandate a bill to be created for online poker licensing. However the bill did not make much ground and was eventually rejected by the Senate.
As of 2013, the state has yet to take any steps toward offering the option in a legal and regulated setting. However, with more states creating legislation for the game, the state may soon be on board.