Is Online Poker Legal In Arizona?
Arizona has many options for gamblers and poker players. The state offers horse & dog racing, casinos and a state lottery. Casinos are restricted to Indian reservations, but there are a number of them across the state. The western part of Arizona is close to Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV offering even more options for Arizona residents. Laughlin, NV is just a few minutes drive over the Colorado River from Bullhead City, AZ.
Arizona gambling laws cover wagering on both games of skill and games of chance. This would make poker a form of gambling under Arizona law. Gambling is defined by the state as:
Gambling or gamble means one act of risking or giving something of value for the opportunity to obtain a benefit from a game or contest of chance or skill or a future contingent event but does not include bona fide business transactions which are valid under the law of contracts including contracts for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or commodities, contracts of indemnity or guarantee and life, health or accident insurance. 
The state laws regarding gambling are most interested in stopping organized and non regulated gambling and not in prosecuting normal citizens for participating in gambling.
Live Poker in Arizona
Currently there are 23 Tribal casinos in the state, with many of them offering live poker rooms. State law does not allow for bets of over $150. This means that poker rooms in Arizona do not offer No Limit games; rather you will find mostly Limit Texas Hold’em. Spread Limit is another game that you will find which is like No Limit but you cannot go all-in unless you have less than $150 in chips.
Casinos in Arizona also offer video poker, slot machines, bingo, keno, blackjack, three card poker and other table games. The popular table games craps and roulette are illegal in Arizona and will not be found at casinos.
Arizona is only one of a few states that have laws regarding online poker and gambling. The law does not allow the state or any Indian tribe to launch or run an online gambling site. The law does not mention online poker, but the states broad definition of gambling would most likely apply to poker.
This law makes it very unlikely that the state will regulate online poker in the future. There has not been any talk in the State Congress about legalizing and regulate the game online. The state does not have any laws that make it a crime for citizens to play online poker and there are no known cases of players being arrested or prosecuted for it.