Kansas takes a very tough stance on all forms of gambling, except in regulated casinos, and poker is no exception. The Kansas Penal Code states that, “Gambling is: 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.” It is illegal in Kansas to even be in a place that you may be able to place an illegal wager. This law of what constitutes gambling, forms the backbone of the penal code regarding gambling as a whole. However with no laws regarding online poker, many residents of Kansas play at sites such as BetOnline Poker very regularly, so read more to find out exactly where you stand when it comes to playing poker in the state of Kansas.
Playing Home Games in Kansas
There are absolutely no exceptions to the law in regards to home games of poker, whether the game is being played with or without the host charging a fee or raking the pot, playing poker in a private residence or indeed anywhere, for real money is illegal in the state of Kansas. Most states allow games to be held when no-one is making a profit apart from their winnings, but this is not the case here, not even for charitable events. We hardly think that police will come crashing through the door as soon as you deal a hand of poker, however it is illegal and the only advice we can give is that if you are thinking of hosting a home game then check with your local law enforcement agency.
Playing Online Poker in Kansas
There is no mention of online poker in the Kansas Penal Code and nor is there likely to be in the foreseeable future. This means that will no law against playing online poker we assume that it's legal and all is fine. What we do know is that many residents of Kansas do play online poker regularly. There is no law at federal level either and in fact many states are going through the process of regulating it themselves. There are many online poker rooms that welcome residents of Kansas with open arms and these state of the art offerings will all offer welcome bonuses and plenty of promotions. Three of the best are Full Flush Poker, BetOnline Poker and Americas Cardroom, all of which have great software and plenty of real money action. As long as you are not operating an online poker room within state borders then you have nothing to worry about.
Playing Poker in a Kansas Casino
As we have seen, Kansas takes a very tough stance when it comes to home games, however this is not the case when it comes to land based casinos. Native American tribes are permitted to operate casinos within the state and offer every game imaginable. You'll find table games such as Craps, Blackjack and Roulette and as far as poker is concerned then the larger establishments will have separate poker rooms offering many varieties of the game.