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Online poker legality?

Asked by Perchik (4987points) March 28th, 2007
I've been playing a lot of online poker for points instead of cash. However I feel that I'm at the point that I can play for real money. Is this legal?
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sjg102379's avatar
My understanding is that it's sort of a grey area in the law right now--it's possible that the Internet Gambling Act Enforcement of 2006 sort of affects on-line poker and sort of doesn't, but ultimately is one of those things that higher courts haven't yet addressed because it's too new. I think, though, that if there were consequences for anyone, it would be for the people running the site, not the people playing there. So I guess that makes it quasi-legal to play poker for money.
Supergirl's avatar
it depends on the state, in Washington it is illegal to play with real money online.
Supergirl's avatar
You cannot register to play with a credit card that has a billing address in Washington. My boyfriend uses his Australian based credit card to play.
ironhiway's avatar

as sjg102379 said online gambling is up for question.

Though I believe poker has gotten aground this by having tournaments. It’s not really gambling, but a contest that if you win or place you can receive money or other rewards.
I don’t play poker but have a couple friends that due they play these tournaments for extra money.

here a a couple links that offer this type of gaming.

AshlynM's avatar

There’s no federal law banning online gambling. However, each state may have its own law.

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