Are online casinos legal in Georgia?
Not at all. Online casino gambling is not legal in Georgia. Georgia law is pretty clear about this, too.
However, there are online casinos that use a sweepstakes or social casino model that do accept players from Georgia. These casinos use virtual currencies instead of actual cash, thereby allowing them to operate legally in states such as Georgia where real money online gambling is prohibited. Most of these sweepstakes casinos such as Funzpoints use two different virtual currencies. Players can purchase one of the currencies and play games using “play money.” But they can also receive as a bonus the second currency, which can be redeemed for cash prizes. Both Chumba Casino and Luckyland Slots are online social casinos.
For example, Chumba Casino players can purchase Gold Coins and play casino games with them. Gold Coins have no monetary value, and players can only win more Gold Coins in the games. However, when purchasing Gold Coins, they receive Sweeps Coins as a bonus. They can accumulate Sweeps Coins in other ways, too, such as through site giveaways and even by writing the site directly and asking for them. Sweeps Coins can be played in casino games as well in which players can win more Sweeps Coins. They then can redeem them for cash prizes.
Is there any legal online gambling in Georgia?
No. Gambling online is not legal in Georgia. That includes more than just online casinos. There is no online horse betting, and even daily fantasy sports apps operate in a legal gray area. According to Georgia the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, a person commits the crime of gambling when they:
“Makes a bet upon the partial or final result of any game or contest or upon the performance of any participant in such game or contest;
“Makes a bet upon the result of any political nomination, appointment, or election or upon the degree of success of any nominee, appointee, or candidate; or
“Plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played with cards, dice, or balls.”
So gambling of any kind is considered a misdemeanor in Georgia. The exception to the lack of online gambling in Georgia is sweepstakes and social casino sites that offer online slots, poker, and table games.
Can you play online poker in Georgia?
The answer here is no as well, at least when it comes to online poker rooms such as PokerStars and WSOP.com. Unlike in New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and other states where online poker is legal, there are no legal online poker rooms in Georgia. That said, there are online poker rooms that employ a sweepstakes model as well that serve Georgians. The most popular is Global Poker, where again players use a virtual currency with which to play in much the same manner as described above. Global Poker serves nearly every US state including Georgia, and therefore often runs dozens of “cash” games and large-field tournaments.