A guide to where it is possible to play (or not play), legal, regulated poker both online and in land-based card rooms and casinos in the USA
Legal U.S Online Poker
Legal online poker is available in just a handful of states in the United States:
The Rhode Island Senate gave the green-light to legal and regulated online gambling in July 2023 when Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee signed SB948 into law. Online poker in the state is sure to become reality in due-course.
Legal U.S Cardrooms & Casinos by State
Live poker is legal, and regulated and available in most U.S states including:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
USA Poker Frequently Asked Questions
Is Poker legal in the USA?
Yes- poker can be played live in land-based casinos and cardrooms as well as on casino cruise ships in international waters.
Which U.S states have regulated & legal online poker?
Which U.S State has the most card-rooms for poker players?
Some may be surprised to learn that California is the state with the most poker tables - more than even Nevada, the home of poker.
When and where is the 2023 World Series of Poker?
The 2023 WSOP is held each summer in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The series switched venues from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas to Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas in 2022.
What is the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA)?
The MSIGA is a multi-jurisdictional poker agreement allowing internet gamblers (including poker players) to compete across state lines.
Which international / offshore sites accept U.S poker players?
There is a handful of international online poker sites which accept players in most U.S states, including BetOnline, Bovada and Ignition Casino. View our USA online poker page for more details, including the consumer risks associated with playing on foreign poker rooms.
How do poker sweepstakes poker sites work?
Operating on a sweepstakes model - where players buy "coins" to play tournaments and cash-games, sweepstakes poker sites offer legal poker for real money in most US States.