Is Online Poker Legal in Vermont?
Vermont is an incredibly complex state when it comes to gambling laws. For the most part gambling is not allowed in the state in any way, shape or form. However, there are exceptions to this rule which allows gambling in limited situations.
The Legislation for Gambling Laws in Vermont is written as follows:
Chapter 51, Section 2141
A person who wins or loses money or other valuable thing by play or hazard at any game, or by betting on such play or hazard, or sharing in a stake wagered by others on such play or hazard, shall be fined not more than $200.00 nor less than $10.00. 
In addition to this, a further offence can be found in Section 2101 which makes it illegal to set up, promote or aid in gambling. In addition to this there is also a charge found elsewhere in the law which makes it illegal for anybody to gamble at a gaming house and this is a charge which contains a potential jail sentence.
This is a pretty broad definition for gambling, it seems to exclude everything from casino games, to lottery tickets, raffles and anything else where money or property is staked.
Despite this legislation, there are still a number of legal forms of gambling within the state of Vermont. One of the most popular of these is their state lottery. In addition to this, some organizations are allowed to organize a number of charitable gambling events throughout the year. This means that in some places in Vermont you may be able to engage in bingo, raffles and various card games such as Poker, however there are a lot of hoops to jump through and regulations to conform to for any organization that wishes to do this.
Casinos and Live Poker
Owing to the legislation it is illegal to run betting houses within Vermont and thus there are no casinos, commercial or tribal.
It is unclear whether social gambling is allowed within a social setting. However, it can be reasonably concluded that it isn’t as this would involve staking money or property. If you stick by the letter of the legislation, anybody that sets up an event in their own home could potentially be charged. Despite this though, there are very few, if any people who are actually charged with gambling offences.
In January 2013 it is expected that there will much debate on whether attitudes about gambling will change within Vermont. For the most part, future legislation will be based on an expected report from the lottery commission which may give a positive or negative outlook on the situation. If it is positive then this could perhaps pave the way towards gambling, in particular online gambling, being allowed in the state.
The situation surrounding Online Poker, or any form of gambling activity is not mentioned in Vermont law at all. However, we can assume that it is illegal within the state for the very reasons mentioned before. The only mention regarding online gaming in Vermont Legislation is where ISPs are excluded from criminal liability if somebody purchases or sells unregulated lottery tickets through their systems.