Is online gambling legal in Vermont?
In the larger sense, no. Horse betting sites like TVG are legal to play in Vermont, as are daily fantasy sports contests (which have been legal since 2017). But if you are referring to online casinos, the answer is a definitive no. In fact, the only forms of gambling legal in Vermont are sports betting, the lottery, charitable games, and pari-mutuel wagering.
However, despite the current gambling expansion in progress, Vermont largely remains a non-gambling state. The Vermont government puts it quite simply:
“The gambling law allows nonprofits to operate games of chance like raffles, bingo, card games and “break-open” tickets. Slot machines and other mechanical gambling devices such as Cherry Master or Money Machines are prohibited.”
Furthermore, Vermont classifies gambling as follows:
“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.”
Additionally, Vermont sets fines for a person or corporation that illegally sells, leases, or rents cards, dice, or table games or any gambling machine “into which may be inserted a piece of money or other object.” While online gambling is not specifically mentioned in the statutes, it is understood to be included.
Is online poker legal in Vermont?
No, online poker is illegal in Vermont, as is all real money online gambling. You won’t find PokerStars available in Vermont. Vermont statutes are fairly specific on the games allowed (or not allowed):
“A person who plays at cards, dice, tables or other game for money or other valuable in a common gaming or gambling house that is maintained for lucre and gain, shall be fined not more than $200.00 or imprisoned not more than 60 days, or both.”
While it doesn’t specifically say poker, the description combined with the earlier statute means poker or any other card game is not permitted.
But you are not without poker options. For instance, Chumba has a Jacks or Better video poker game. There’s also Global Poker, a sister site to Chumba and LuckyLand. You can find all the classic poker games and plenty of tables including unique titles like Crazy Pineapple.