Where Is Online Poker Legal?
There are currently 4 US states that offer legal online poker for real money. They are –
- New Jersey,
- Pennsylvania, and
Pennsylvania becomes the latest to join this group when PokerStars also went live in the state in November.
The US States to Launch Soon
With the official launch of poker online in Pennsylvania, there remains one state that has legalized online poker. West Virginia legal online poker in 2019, but wasn’t expected to go live until 2020. As of November 2020, it looks as if that the timetable has shifted to 2021.
The Mountain State has a small population, and to launch real money online poker sites with a bigger number of players might be difficult without a shared liquidity pool with the other states.
Can I get in trouble for playing online poker?
To cut a long story short, an individual gambler in the United States have virtually no risk from law enforcement. No one has been arrested for playing online poker. Playing poker online is legal in most jurisdictions and isn’t really enforced where it is prohibited.
Is it illegal to play poker with friends for money?
A social game, such as a home poker game, is allowable so long as no player, host, or manager is profiting in any way outside of contribution in the game that results in winnings from the wager itself.
Why is PokerStars illegal in the US?
PokerStars left the U.S.A. real money poker market as a result of a settlement it reached with the Department of Justice in 2011. This agreement then followed the Black Friday clampdown on internet poker by U.S. government authorities.
Will online poker return to the US?
Until many states in America legalize poker online, or until the federal government considers authorizing the game on a national level, there is little sign that Americans will return to international player pools shortly.