Online Poker and the US Lottery
In the US, poker is one of the most popular games to play. Players can take their game online and enjoy their favorite card and table games, including Texas Hold’em and baccarat, from the comfort of their home. However, online gambling is not legal in most states. As of early 2023, only six states in the country have legalized online poker. Despite the growing popularity of this popular game, the United States is still in the dark ages when it comes to regulating the game.
For instance, the most important poker event in the state of Illinois is not even held in the state. The World Series of Poker Circuit series made its way to Indiana in 2018. But other than that, there are no other major poker events in the state.
Meanwhile, the state of Tennessee does not have an online poker site. Although poker is not illegal in Virginia, it is illegal to gamble online there. Similarly, Iowa does not permit online poker. That leaves Texas as the only major state in the country without a licensed poker site.
Mississippi is another state that has had a rocky relationship with gambling. This has been reflected in its law books. Interestingly, the state has a few brick and mortar casinos, but only a few. It’s also one of the few places in the country that does not have an online poker site.
One of the first states to legalize online poker was Mississippi. Its lawmakers have been debating whether or not to regulate it for years. Some of the earliest legislation was actually a bill that clarified a legal loophole. Another interesting part of the bill was that it included some legal safeguards for players.
Another state with a strong poker tradition is Colorado. Black Hawk is the state’s most famous poker room. While the city is a bit of a trek from Denver, it’s worth the effort.
Nebraska is a state that is more of a purist than most. While Omaha may be home to some of the best tournament poker in the country, it is not yet ready for online poker. And although some casinos in Lincoln have video lottery terminals, they are only available for residents of the city.
Florida is an especially hotbed for poker. Not only is this state home to many top poker rooms, but it is also the largest tourist destination in the nation. Miami is a popular location for poker and other forms of gaming. Likewise, the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Moreover, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa is the site of many a big tournament.
Nevada, on the other hand, is the state that paved the way for other states to follow suit. Though the state is a little more than a day’s drive from Chicago and Denver, it’s the closest state to the newest state to allow legal online poker.