Is Online Poker Legal in Iowa?
Iowa, the gambler’s dream. There are a number of regulated gambling options available here, but as a result, there are a lot of VERY strict laws which aim to stop unregulated gambling options taking place. To be honest though, there is enough regulated options here that you don’t really need to turn to anything else. Let’s take a little look at the laws of Iowa in depth.
Now, the law in Iowa is slightly different to other places in the fact it doesn’t mention games of chance or skill. Instead, the legislation here completely outlaws anything which has a wager placed upon it. This is all gambling, and it could all get you into pretty serious trouble if you do it in an unregulated environment.
A person shall not do any of the following:
a. Participate in a game for any sum of money or other property of any value.
b. Make any bet.
c. For a fee, directly or indirectly, give or accept anything of value to be wagered or to be transmitted or delivered for a wager to be placed within or without the state of Iowa. 
As I mentioned at the start, the laws of Iowa are particularly harsh for those that engage in unregulated gambling, and when I say harsh, I mean very harsh. Anybody that is caught gambling or running an establishment is treated exactly the same, there is no differentiation between the two. This is unlike many other states, in fact, almost all of them. The penalties that you will be subject to depend on the amount that has been wagered.
Almost everything you can imagine when it comes to regulated gambling is available within Iowa, even social gaming, but we will cover that in a little bit. This also means charitable gambling.
Casinos and Live Poker
As I have mentioned already, there are a lot of gambling options available in Iowa, including commercial casinos, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding places to play Live Poker. You can even play it within the comfort of your own (or somebody else’s) home providing that you meet a few requirements. When it comes to social gambling, the most anybody can win or lose in the course of 24 hours is $50. It is a pretty crazy law, but it is something that you need to live with if you live in Iowa! This legislation means that it is technically illegal to win more than $50 on one hand, not ideal right?
There is no mention of Online Poker in the legislation of Iowa, however, it is fair to say that it isn’t allowed by any stretch of the imagination, after all, Online Poker would fall into the law that I mentioned right at the start.
So will it ever be allowed? Well, Iowa is an odd state. It has always loved to increase its gambling options, but any legislation which looks to regulate online poker has been shot down pretty quickly, so it is unlikely that it will be allowed any time soon. Although you can look on the plus side, at least somebody has mentioned it before! So it may come sooner than many other states.