Table State Laws About Poker

*Opinion for private poker games (for guideline use only).

State-Is Poker Legal?*

Source of InformationLegal Reference

State

Income Tax 1980

Alabama

NAACP of Montgomery,

Yes

No

Alabama-

Alabama State Statutes

Alaska No

Bar Association Section 11.60.140

Yes

Arizona No

Bar Association-Revised Statutes 13.431

Yes

Arkansas No

Assistant Attorney GeneralStatutes Annotated 41-2011 and 3809 (Repl. 1964)

Yes

California No

Deputy Attorney General-Penal Code 330: Refers only to stud poker as illegal

Yes

Revised Statutes, Section 40-10-9

Yes

Connecticut No

State Police-Sections 53-272-277

No

Delaware Yes

Assistant Attorney GeneralTitle II Code of 1953. Section 665

Yes

Florida No

Attorney General-Section 849.08

No

Georgia No

Assistant Attorney General-Georgia Code, Section 26-6404 and 6401

Yes

Hawaii No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Idaho No

Assistant Attorney General-Section 18-3801, Idaho Code

Yes

Illinois No

Legislative Reference Bureau-Criminal Law, Chapter 38, Section 28-1

Yes

Act of 1905, Chapter 169, Statute

10-2307

Yes

Iowa No

Solicitor General-Chapter 726, 1966 Code

Yes

Kansas No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Kentucky No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Louisiana Yes

Republican Party of Louisiana-No specific reference given

Yes

Maine No

Assistant Attorney General-Revised Statute 1964

Yes

Maryland No

Assistant Attorney General-Maryland Article 27, Section 237-264

Yes

Massachusetts No

Bar Association-Section 1, Chapter 37, General Laws

Yes

Michigan No

Democratic State Central Committee of Michigan-Penal Code, 1945, Sections 750.314 and 750-315

Yes

Minnesota Yes

Attorney-Statutes 609, 75

Yes

Mississippi No

Bar Association-

Code of 1942, Section 2190

Yes

Missouri No

Governor-State Statute

Yes

Montana No

Attorney General-Section 94-2401, R.C.M., 1947: Licensed poker clubs only

Yes

Nebraska Yes

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Nevada Yes

Bar Association-No specific reference given

No

New Hampshire No

Bar Association--577.7 Gaming

No

New Jersey No

Deputy Attorney GeneralStatutes 2A:112-a and 218:85-7

Yes

New Mexico No

Assistant Attorney General-Section 40A-19-1 to 3, N.M. Statutes Annotated, 1953 Compilation (P.S.)

Yes

New York No

Assistant Council to Governor-Article 1, Section 9 of N.Y. State Constitution, and Sections 970-998 of N.Y. State Penal Law

Yes

North Carolina No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

North Dakota No

Bar Association-Chapter 12-23-01

Yes

Section 2915.06, Revised Code

Yes

Oklahoma No

Oklahoma State University-Title 21 of Oklahoma Statutes, 1961, Section 941

Yes

Oregon No

Attorney General-ORS 167.25 and 167.510 Licensed poker clubs only

Yes

Pennsylvania No

Deputy Attorney General-No specific reference given

Yes

Rhode Island No

Attorney General's office-No specific reference given

Yes

South Carolina No

Research Clerk-Sections 16-804, 505

Yes

South Dakota No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

No

Section 39-2001, Tennessee Code Annotated

No

Texas Jurisprudence, 2nd volume 26

No

Section 76-27-1 to 3, Utah Code Annotated, 1953

Yes

Section 2132 and 13, VSA 2133

Yes

Virginia No

Attorney General-Section 18.1-316

Yes

Washington No

Assistant Attorney General-Revised Code 9.47.010-9.47.030: Licensed poker clubs only

No

West Virginia No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Wisconsin No

Bar Association-Chapter 945

Yes

Wyoming No

Attorney-Statute 6-203, 1957

No

District of Columbia ? (not clear)

United States Attorney-Title 22, D.C. Code, Sections 1501-1515

Yes

Puerto Rico No

Bar Association-No specific reference given

Yes

Virgin Islands No

Attorney-Sections 1221-1226, Chapter 61, Title 14

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United States Government Yes

Deputy Attorney General-Legality is up to individual states. Winnings are taxable income.

This section of the 1040 Federal Tax form shows how John Finn declared his $54,000 poker income over a decade ago.[ 23 ]

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