Following the government crackdown on online poker in 2011, certain states started to explore legalizing online poker. Following a December 2011 DOJ memo clarifying the scope of the Wire Act, Nevada became the first state to adopt online poker regulations.
From that time, the process to legalize online poker has been slow but there are states where you can play legal and regulated online poker. Today we cover where U.S. players can play poker online legally.
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Nevada was the first state to launch legal online poker in late April 2013. Presently, two sites offer online poker in Nevada.
WSOP.com is the online extension of Caesars Entertainment and easily the top site in the state. The site shares cash game and tournament pools with Delaware online poker. Presently, WSOP.com averages 180 cash players daily with as many as 320 playing during peak hours.
The other site operating in Nevada is Real Gaming. Offered through South Point casino, this site is still struggling to gain traffic in the state. Presently, they max out at 14 cash game players during peak hours.
Delaware presently offers online poker through the state’s three racinos. The Delaware Lottery operates and regulated online poker in Delaware.
Players can play online poker through the following sites:
It doesn’t matter which of the three sites you play as they all sharing playing pools. In addition, Delaware Poker shares pools with WSOP.com NV.
PokerScout currently groups together Delaware and WSOP.com NV in terms of traffic, but the reality is that the majority of the 180 cash game players per day come from Nevada.
New Jersey is the largest market in the United States for online poker. Presently, four sites offer online poker in New Jersey and average between $1.8 and $2 million monthly in earnings.
Below are the four sites presently offering online poker in New Jersey are Borgata Poker, Party Poker NJ, WSOP.com NJ, and 888 Poker.
WSOP.com NJ and 888 Poker NJ are powered by 888 Holdings and partnered with Caesars AC in Atlantic City.
WSOP NJ and 888 Poker NJ share player pools and are tops for traffic. They average 190 cash players daily with a peak of over 500 players.
Borgata Poker and PartyPoker NJ also share player pools and average 120 cash players daily with a peak of 335.
Each site has their benefits. PartyPoker offers over $20,000 in daily tournament guarantees and over $70k in Sunday Guarantees. The Sunday $50k is the largest online tournament in New Jersey.
WSOP.com offers players a chance to earn Total Rewards Tier Credits for playing online. These credits can be used for a variety of benefits when visiting any Caesars casino worldwide. In addition, they have a $30,000 Sunday Guaranteed tournament that pays at least $9,000 to first.
Which States May Legalize in the Near Future
The million-dollar question when it comes to iPoker regulation is – who’s next? California has been considered the frontrunner for iPoker regulation but issues surrounding bad actors and participation by the horse racing industry have stalled talks.
Pennsylvania has risen to the top of the list in recent months and could actually beat California online. There have been multiple hearings held in 2015 on the matter and while time is running out for passage this year, many are optimistic on the state passing a measure in 2016.
Other states that have debated regulation in recent years and could revisit the matter are New York, Mississippi, Illinois, Florida, Iowa, West Virginia and Massachusetts.