Tennessee Online Poker Sites
Tennessee is a near dead zone for gambling, but online poker remains popular and residents remain hopeful. If you’re looking for casino gambling or poker then keep driving when you reach Tennessee because you won’t find any legal options inside the state borders.
The only legal gambling allowed in Tennessee is lotteries, horse race betting and oddly, due to a bill passed in 2019, online sports betting.
Is Online Poker Legal or Illegal in Tennessee?
There is no legal online poker in Tennessee and judging by how harshly they view live gambling of any kind that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Under current state laws it is illegal to operate online poker sites in Tennessee. However, none of Tennessee’s gambling laws mention online or internet gambling for state residents.
Tennessee laws define gambling as “risking anything of value, including real money, for a profit whose return is to any degree contingent on chance, or any games of chance associated with casinos, including, but not limited to, slot machines, roulette wheels and the like.” Since most poker player see poker as a game of skill and not a game chance, they believe poker doesn’t fall under that definition.
This has not been tested in court so there is no legal precedent of how Tennessee views poker. Offshore online poker sites do allow residents of Tennessee to play on their sites, something they do not allow all states to do, so take that as you will as well.