Poker Legislation: Is poker legal in my state?

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All states have different rules for playing Online Poker, use the map and key to see the states that allow you to play.

  • Regulated and Legal
  • Legalization is under discussion
  • Legalization is not currently being discussed
  • No legalization

State-regulated online poker and live poker in America are constantly in flux. With the lack of federal legislation around the game, the United States is anything but united on the issue. Each of the 50 states can legalize, regulate, and license live poker rooms or online poker sites as they choose.

Live Poker Legislation

More than half of the states allow live poker, whether in card rooms, casinos, or on Indigenous lands. However, there are some states, like Texas and Georgia, with such ambiguous laws that poker enthusiasts have found ways to open membership-based card clubs without explicit licenses to do so.

READ MORE: Best Poker Rooms In The United States

Online Poker Legislation

Online poker is much rarer than live poker. Only a few states have specifically legalized state-licensed internet poker by 2022: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, and West Virginia. But two of those states (Connecticut and West Virginia) have yet to license any operators for poker.

Among those states, only a few have signed the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. This allows poker sites open in more than one state to link their sites across state lines. It offers benefits to players in that it creates larger fields of players and subsequently increased prize pools. 

Only Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Michigan have signed MSIGA as of this writing (June 2022), but Pennsylvania is reportedly considering its option to join.

Upcoming Poker Legislation

Lawmakers in several states have considered legislation to legalize online poker. Those in New York and Kentucky have made annual efforts that fail every year, but Kentucky made more progress in 2022 than in the past.

Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota have examined proposals for online poker and casino games, but lawmakers took no positive action.

Most bills to legalize poker — either live or online — appear at the beginning of each year. Lawmakers put their bills up for consideration, and committees then decide whether to allow those proposals to move forward. Typically, bills meet their fate by the end of spring. After that, poker players must wait another year to see if anything will change.

This map provides the most up-to-date information.

Alabama

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Alabama

As of July 2022, Alabama does not permit online poker and live poker. There has been no legislation that considers either style of poker.

Alaska

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Alaska

As of July 2022, Alaska does not permit online poker and live poker. There has been no legislation that considers either style of poker.

Arizona

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Arizona

While live poker is permitted in the state of Arizona, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Arkansas

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Arkansas

While live poker is permitted in the state of Arkansas, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

California

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in California

As of July 2022, California does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Learn more about live poker and poker rooms in Los Angeles here.

Colorado

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Colorado

As of July 2022, Colorado does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Connecticut

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Connecticut

Live poker has been available to people in Connecticut since the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe opened Foxwoods Resort Casino in 1992. The Mohegans followed four years later with the opening of Mohegan Sun. Per compacts with the state, the Native American tribes offer all types of casino gambling, including online poker.

In May 2021, the work of years of legislative efforts came to fruition when Gov. Ned Lamont signed Public Act 21-23 into law. The bipartisan bill authorized the two tribes to license and regulate online casino gambling, including online poker and sports wagering. The state then moved to approve emergency regulations, which was a faster process, to issue guidelines so the licensing process could begin.

Connecticut launched its first online casinos in October 2021. However, neither tribe has signified the intent to launch online poker on those sites.

The state may move to open online poker rooms when Connecticut signs on to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. That will allow them to share prize pools with other states, thereby increasing the player pool to a much larger one.

Delaware

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Delaware

The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act became law in 2012. It showed that Delaware saw the future of the gambling industry, as it authorized online lottery ticket sales and online poker before most other states even considered it.

The state’s lawmakers knew that these offerings would combine well with legal live poker at the racetrack casinos (racinos) in the state, which also offered table games and video lottery terminals. The online options gave customers greater access to games. Because of this, Delaware was one of only a few states that generated gambling income during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

Delaware online poker sites share one player pool, which it also shares with the same platform provider in New Jersey and Nevada. It will link with Michigan, too, via the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) later in 2022.

Florida

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Florida

As of July 2022, Florida does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Georgia

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Georgia

As of July 2022, Georgia does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Hawaii

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Hawaii

As of July 2022, Hawaii does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Idaho

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Idaho

As of July 2022, Idaho does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Illinois

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Illinois

As of July 2022, Illinois does not permit online poker. However, the state legislature is currently discussing legalizing online poker.

Indiana

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Indiana

As of July 2022, Indiana does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Iowa

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Iowa

As of July 2022, Iowa does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Kansas

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Kansas

While live poker is permitted in the state of Kansas, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Kentucky

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Kentucky

As of July 2022, Kentucky does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing either form of poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Louisiana

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Louisiana

As of July 2022, Louisiana does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Maine

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Maine

As of July 2022, Maine does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Maryland

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Maryland

As of July 2022, Maryland does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Massachusetts

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Massachusetts

As of July 2022, Massachusetts does not permit online poker. However, the state legislature is currently discussing legalizing online poker.

Michigan

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Michigan

Years of online poker bill attempts led to a successful foray in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the internet gaming and sports betting bill into law in December 2019, thanks to bipartisan lawmakers who carefully walked it over the finish line. 

The first online casino and poker sites launched in January 2021. In the year and a half that followed, more than a dozen casino sites appeared, partnering with both tribal and commercial land-based casinos across the state. Online poker players then had several choices in Michigan.

In December 2020, Whitmer signed an amendment to the original law to allow online poker sites to join MSIGA and share platforms across state lines. And in 2022, Michigan joined MSIGA to put the wheels in motion. Poker operators will likely officially link their sites in the second half of 2022.

Minnesota

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Minnesota

While live poker is permitted in the state of Minnesota, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Mississippi

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Mississippi

As of July 2022, Mississippi does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Missouri

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Missouri

While live poker is permitted in the state of Missouri, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Montana

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Montana

While live poker is permitted in the state of Montana, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Nebraska

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Nebraska

As of July 2022, Nebraska does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Nevada

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Nevada

The gambling hub of the U.S. and perhaps the entire world, Nevada hosts more than 300 casinos. Live poker is a part of the legal gambling landscape, with more than 500 poker tables in operation throughout the state for cash games. Tournament poker brings many more tables into action, as the World Series of Poker more than doubles that number by itself each summer.

Nevada started considering legislation for legal online poker in 2012 with the support of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Lawmakers passed a bill in early 2013.

The law does not allow for other online casino games. Poker operators are limited in that any who operated in the United States between 2006 and 2011 were not initially eligible to apply for online poker licensing. 

There is only one operator in Nevada for online poker at this time, the WSOP poker site, which has maintained a monopoly over the state’s games for years. However, partypoker and BetMGM may launch a site in 2022 or 2023.

Learn more about live poker and poker rooms in Las Vegas here.

New Hampshire

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in New Hampshire

As of July 2022, New Hampshire does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

New Jersey

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in New Jersey

The people of New Jersey approved the building of casinos in Atlantic City in the 1970s as part of an urban redevelopment plan. The state long remained an alternative to Nevada for gambling, and poker rooms there have been popular since the 1980s.

New Jersey lawmakers legalized online poker and other forms of internet gaming in 2013. The state was the first to welcome PokerStars back to the U.S. market after Black Friday, and it offered more online poker choices than Nevada. New Jersey became the launching pad for most online poker operators in America after Black Friday.

As a part of the MSIGA for interstate online poker, New Jersey was one of the original authors of the agreement with Nevada and Delaware. Their respective governors well understood the need for multi-state online poker for the games to thrive.

New Mexico

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in New Mexico

While live poker is permitted in the state of New Mexico, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

New York

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in New York

As of July 2022, New York does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

North Carolina

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in North Carolina

While live poker is permitted in the state of North Carolina, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

North Dakota

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in North Dakota

As of July 2022, North Dakota does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Ohio

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Ohio

As of July 2022, Ohio does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Oklahoma

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Oklahoma

As of July 2022, Oklahoma does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Oregon

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Oregon

As of July 2022, Oregon does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Pennsylvania

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Pennsylvania

In 2004, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill to update the state’s gambling laws and legalize casinos in the state. In less than two decades, more than a dozen casinos now operate in Pennsylvania, and their gambling revenue is second in the U.S. only to Nevada. 

Pennsylvania legalized online poker and online casino games in 2017. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded its first poker licenses in 2018. Online casinos launched in July 2019, and PokerStars was the first online poker site to launch in November 2019. The state quickly overtook New Jersey in online poker revenue due to its larger population.

While Pennsylvania has yet to sign the MSIGA, all signs point to the governor doing so in 2022. The online poker segment of the market will only grow when it connects with other states’ player pools.

Rhode Island

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Rhode Island

As of July 2022, Rhode Island does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

South Carolina

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in South Carolina

As of July 2022, South Carolina does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

South Dakota

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in South Dakota

While live poker is permitted in the state of South Dakota, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Tennessee

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Tennessee

As of July 2022, Tennessee does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Texas

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Texas

As of July 2022, Texas does not permit online poker. The state legislature is not currently considering legalizing online poker, though it has been discussed previously.

Learn more about live poker and poker rooms in Texas here.

Utah

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Utah

As of July 2022, Utah does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Vermont

Live Poker is not permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Vermont

As of July 2022, Vermont does not permit online poker and live poker. The state legislature has not discussed legalization of either.

Virginia

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Virginia

As of July 2022, Virginia does not permit online poker. However, the state legislature is currently discussing legalizing online poker.

Washington

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Washington

While live poker is permitted in the state of Washington, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

West Virginia

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in West Virginia

The only types of casinos allowed in West Virginia are those attached to horse racing tracks. They are called racinos, and some offer live poker.

West Virginia lawmakers, Shawn Fluharty in particular, worked for years to legalize online poker. He was successful with the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act in 2019, legalizing online gaming and lottery ticket sales. The governor did not approve it but did not veto it, so it became law.

Since then, casinos in the state have partnered with online gambling providers to launch games online. Poker was not one of those games. Operators appear hesitant to launch online poker in such a small market unless and until West Virginia signs the interstate poker agreement, MSIGA. But there is no indication that the West Virginia Lottery Commission has worked with other states to sign on to that contract.

Wisconsin

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Wisconsin

While live poker is permitted in the state of Wisconsin, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.

Wyoming

Live Poker is permitted

Online Poker is not permitted

Can You Play Online Poker in Wyoming

While live poker is permitted in the state of Wyoming, there is no legislation that considers online poker, as of July 2022.