There are currently 5 states that offer legal online poker for real money in the United States – New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Delaware. Pennsylvania joined this group when PokerStars went live in the state on Nov. 4, 2019. Michigan followed in 2021 when PokerStars went live in January followed shortly by BetMGM in March.
In states where online poker is legal, it's only legal when you play at a site given a license by the state to operate. If you play online poker at a different site not only the site operator but you yourself could be hit with criminal penalties.
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Delaware online poker. Delaware is the smallest US state with legal online poker, though a liquidity-sharing agreement with Nevada does help the numbers. Thee state’s three casinos all operate their own branded skins on a shared 888 Poker network.
Online poker can be found throughout the world, with all of the legal issues that each state has to deal with. In fact, there is even an online version of the game known as online blackjack. In recent years, four states, California, Nevada, Colorado and Pennsylvania have legalized online poker.
Playing online poker is legal in almost every state in the US, except for Indiana and Washington. However, the options you have to play with real money may be limited, depending on where you live. If you’re from Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, you can only play in poker sites that operate in your area.
You may be surprised to learn that, despite a confusing legal landscape, it is generally accepted that playing online poker is currently legal in the U.S., at least at the federal level. For this reason we feel a better way of approaching the issue is to look at when online poker will be regulated on a state by state basis.
Private poker clubs have been popping up recently all over Texas and their legality is currently under debate. Owners of these clubs claim they are operating in accordance with Texas' gambling laws by only charging membership fees and dues rather than taking a percentage of the pot.
Online poker became legal in Connecticut on May 27, 2021 when Governer Ned Lamont (D) signed HB 6451 into law. Connecticut was the seventh state to legalize online poker, following in the footsteps of New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia.