Top States to Play Legal Online Poker in the US
With Connecticut legalized iGaming, it became just the seventh state to legalize online poker in the United States. While online poker expansion is proving slow, it is happening. Depending on where you’re located, you may have a robust online poker market or a fledgling market.
Today, we will look at the best places to play LEGAL online poker in the United States. We will not discuss unregulated sites as we never know when the DOJ will decide to pull a Black Friday Part II.
Delaware was one of the first states to legalize online poker. They legalized around the same time as New Jersey and Nevada. Online poker is the state is done through a partnership with 888 Holdings and state racinos.
The Delaware market is small, and perhaps the smallest out of all states offering legal online poker. However, the one thing it has going for it is that it is part of the interstate online poker network with New Jersey and Nevada. This allows for a much larger player pool than if Delaware was by itself.
Michigan launched real money online casinos in January and soon after, PokerStars became the first online poker site in the state. Later, BetMGM Poker launched as part of the Partypoker.US network of sites. Players in Michigan presently have two options for online poker and they are taking full advantage of it.
The state is working on legalizing online poker compacts with other states, meaning that soon we will see both sites become part of interstate networks. Also, WSOP.com is expected to launch in the state sometime this Summer.
For a while, PokerStars was the only online poker site in Pennsylvania. Its monopoly was broken when BetMGM and Borgata Poker both launched in the state. PokerStars is still the premier online poker site, offering the best in online poker tournaments and cash games.
For example, the PA Spring Championship of Online Poker over at PokerStars paid out over $3 million in total prize money. PA is the second largest online poker network, only outshined by New Jersey.
Nevada is the first state to launch regulated online poker in the United States, Nevada is still one of the linchpins of the US iPoker market. Originally, there were three online poker sites in the state, but only WSOP.com remains. Being the only site in the state, it has a monopoly on legal iPoker, but the site also has the benefit of being tied to the World Series of Poker.
During WSOP season, Nevada becomes the top online poker site in the United States due to players from all over the world playing on the site in Nevada. The site also gets a boost from the interstate online poker network.
Honestly, if not for WSOP season, Nevada would rank lower on the list. However, that boost is enough to boost it up to #2 overall.
New Jersey is easily the top dog for online poker in the United States. Offering six online poker sites, players have plenty of options for online poker. Also, players at WSOP.com and 888 poker have the advantage of playing on the interstate online poker network.
With six sites, there’s enough action to satisfy the majority of players in the state. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan allow for interstate poker, New Jersey will become that much more appealing. For now, PokerStars is still the top dog for online poker in the state, with WSOP.com a close second.
New Jersey is the top market for real money online casinos and online poker, and that is expected to stay the same for the time being. If larger markets like New York or California ever come online, New Jersey will surrender the crown, but will still be an important piece of the US-regulated iPoker market.