Is Online Poker Legal in Tennessee?
Ah, Tennessee, the state which gave birth to a number of popular types of music. It is often believed that the Blues was invented in the state, right in the heart of Memphis. Whilst it may be a popular tourist destination for music lovers, it certainly isn’t a place to visit if you love a bit of a flutter. In fact, the laws here are some of the strictest in the country when it comes to gambling. Let’s take a little look at them.
The definition of gambling in Tennessee is thankfully written down. The disappointing thing however is that it is incredibly broad and rules out almost all forms of gambling. Basically, you can bet on anything that has an element of chance involved.
Gambling is contrary to the public policy of this state and means risking anything of value 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. 
Both players and operators in Tennessee are subject to particularly harsh penalties if they are caught, although the latter understandably receives the highest penalties. There are a lot of arrests each year when it comes to gambling in Tennessee, and that includes social gamblers!
There are no commercial or tribal casinos located within the state. In fact, the only forms of gambling permitted in Tennessee are the state lottery and some charity. Charities can only hold events once a year, and they can only hold a raffle. In short, it is a particularly strict piece of legislation.
Casinos and Live Poker
In Tennessee, all forms of live poker are illegal. There are no commercial casinos, tribal casinos or anywhere which offers live poker games. This of course means that you can not bet on them. In addition to that, you can not be involved in social gambling when it comes to poker, and Tennessee actually seems to be taking a proactive approach to breaking up private poker games, and these games are sometimes broken up with considerable force.
In short, you should never attempt to play a game of live poker in the state, the laws are too harsh, and you will be subject to severe penalties if you are caught. There is no such thing as charitable poker as it is not a raffle.
There is no legislation related to online poker. However, as you can probably guess, based on the strict laws highlighted above, it is more than likely going to be illegal, although nobody has come out and said it yet, and it is unknown how many people have been arrested for getting involved in online poker games.
There seems to be no interest in the state to change the legislation related to online poker, so don’t hold your breath if you are a resident of Tennessee, it isn’t going to change any time soon, although stranger things have happened!