Is Online Poker Legal in Kansas?
Kansas is like many of the states which allow a hefty amount of regulated gambling, when it comes to unregulated gambling, the penalties are pretty tough and the definition of gambling is pretty broad. That being said however, there are more than enough ‘regulated’ options out there for you to get your teeth sunk into whether you are visiting the state or live here. Let’s take a little look at the legislation.
There are two different things that we need to look to when it comes to what is defined as gambling within the state of Kansas. The first below here is what gambling is defined as, and the second definition listed here is what a bet is defined as:
Making a bet; or entering or remaining in a gambling place with intent to make a bet, to participate in a lottery, or to play a gambling device.
A bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement. 
Now, it is worth noting at this stage that judging by the case law that we have seen in Iowa, the game can include an element of skill, it doesn’t have to totally be down to chance, which means that almost any game which involves just a small element of chance in the outcome could be defined as gambling, and thus illegal unless carried out in one of the many regulated environments.
In Kansas, both players and organizers of unregulated gaming are subject to pretty stiff penalties in the eyes of the law. Both of them can include rather hefty fines and jail time. However, very few people actually end up being charged as a player, and the majority of the focus is on those that organize the games.
There are a number of regulated options available in Kansas. This includes tribal gambling in casinos, and perhaps uniquely, commercial casinos which are run by the state lottery. There are also race tracks for both dogs and horses as well as charitable gaming, but casino games are not permitted here.
Casinos and Live Poker
In Kansas you are able to play poker quite readily at tribal casinos and the commercial casinos. There is no charitable poker games. There is no law which specifically outlaws social gambling, however, case law in recent years has suggested that those who engage in commercial gambling will not be subjected to the same harsh penalties that others are subject to, although it still is a case of ‘hope for the best’ as you never know what the judge will decide in these cases.
Online Poker is not legal in Kansas, and there have been opinions from the government here that it isn’t illegal (despite not being mentioned in legislation).
It is unlikely that online poker will be regulated any time soon. The state is far too small, which means that it is unlikely to be viable as a money making platform.