Is Online Poker Legal in the United States?
Contrary to what many people, there is actually no federal law in the United States that strictly prohibits US players playing for real money online or making accounts to do so. For individual states however, that’s when things get confusing.
And that’s not the most confusing part: Some states have laws regarding gambling that are either outdated or don’t actually target US poker sites and on top of that, there’s the controversial UIGEA act that—in short—prohibits US states from processing transactions related to unlawful online gambling.
But here’s the good news…
Even though laws around online gambling can be confusing at the best of times—especially for real money online poker—our team of experienced industry veterans at Online Poker America compiles this data and maintains an up to date list of legal US online poker states so you have all the information you need to play safely, securely and most importantly within your legal freedom.
To get started, pick a state to find out more about it and see what online poker options are available to you today:
Gambling States for Online Poker
For your convenience we’ve assorted every US state on our map into three categories so you can see if poker is legal in your state and learn more about its progression.
Every update that our editors learn of comes through this list first.
Remember, if online poker isn’t fully legal in your state, you may still be able to play it while staying on the right side of the law and if it’s still illegal you may still be able to participate in alternative forms of gambling such as horse racing, state lotteries or online poker using fake money so check out the list below and stay abreast any updates our editors we give you instantly through this list; 24/7, all year around.
Illegal in your state? No problem – it is still legal to play on play money poker sites which for your convenience we also keep updated on our Top US Poker Sites page.
Keep in Mind
While our editors will always do their best to find accurate information, we still advise you as a player to educate yourself further on your individual state laws when it comes to gambling and always gamble responsibly. This state page is intended for your convenience but at the end of the day our editors are not lawyers and should be treated as such - so if you’re seeking legal advice, make sure to consult a professional lawyer and only use this page as an opinionated guide and source of further reading.