The history of online poker in the United States is a long one. It started in 1998 with the launch of Planet Poker. This was the first online poker site to allow players to play for real money. Later, Paradise Poker joined the scene. As a result of the success of these sites, gaming operators began to push for legislation to legalize poker in other states. Eventually, six states were approved for online poker in early 2023. However, the future of internet poker is far from certain.
In the early 1900s, Ohio was a hotbed for illicit gambling. In fact, Wild Bill Hickok, a famed Wild West hero, played a “dead man’s hand” before being killed. Despite this, the state’s laws were relaxed. Soon, commercial casinos would begin offering poker games.
During the 2000s, the Internet became an increasingly popular medium for playing poker. Online gambling was illegal in many states, but Nevada and Delaware made the legal switch. While Illinois doesn’t allow online gambling, live poker is regulated. A law was passed to require reasonable accommodations for handicapped players. Also, a number of card rooms are located throughout the state.
Until 2013, Idaho had no legalized casino or live poker. However, the state took action to shut down the Coeur D’Alene tribal casino. Because of this, it is now illegal to play poker in Idaho. Alaska also has no legalized online poker. On the other hand, Colorado has two live poker racinos. One of these, Black Hawk, is one of the most well-known places to play. There are only a few locations to play live poker in the entire state.
Live poker is a bit trickier. Hawaii has always had a negative view of other forms of gambling. Despite this, it has become a popular tourist destination. Many people travel to Miami and Tampa to play poker. Other states that have a large population of poker players include Louisiana and Connecticut.
Oklahoma has yet to be approved for legalized online poker. However, a number of lawmakers have discussed legalizing it. Although, no bill has been drafted and passed.
Georgia has no online poker. Similarly, Iowa hasn’t allowed any poker sites to operate in its state. Nebraska is another state that is a few steps behind in its attempt to legalize online gambling. Another state that is likely to legalize it in the near future is New York.
Indiana has a huge following of poker players. Due to its size, it is a major target for legalization. Although, the state doesn’t seem to be in a hurry. Instead, the legislature seems to be more focused on other forms of gambling. That isn’t surprising.
Several states have recently passed legislation to legalize sports betting. The first legal sportsbooks will make their way to South Dakota in 2021. Sports betting will also reach Ohio and Kentucky in the coming years. With the recent legalization of sports betting, optimism has increased. But the state’s lawmakers haven’t shown much interest in the idea of legalizing online poker.