Is Poker legal in Montana (mt)? Online Poker Laws in Montana Explained


Montana Montana

  • Live Poker is allowed
  • Sports Betting is allowed
  • Sports Betting is legal since 2019
  • H275
  • Online Poker is forbidden
  • Online Casino is forbidden

Can You Play Online Poker in Montana?

There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.

Current Montana Gambling Laws

Montana adheres to its history as a wild West state when it comes to gambling law, holding a unique position as the only state allowing casino-style gambling outside of casinos.

The way this actually manifests is that hundreds of bars across the state serve as sort of hybrid entertainment locations, offering live poker, video poker, video lottery, keno, and off-track betting.

Furthermore, the Montana lottery operates a pari-mutuel fantasy sports game, while daily fantasy sports are specifically outlawed in the state, keeping all of the profit in-house with the government.

But while Montana is pretty relaxed when it comes to many forms of gambling, the same can't be said about online gambling.

In 2005, state lawmakers specifically passed a law against iGaming, which "includes but is not limited to the conduct of any legal or illegal gambling enterprise through the use of communications technology that allows a person using money, paper checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards, or any other instrumentality to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes, or other similar information."

Poker players in Montana will have to keep trekking to the nearest decent-sized bar if they want to play poker in a legal setting, as online poker would appear to be a distant hope.

Best Online Poker Sites for Montana Players

None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.

Where is poker legal in the US? Which States can I play online poker in?

Choose a state to find out more about state legislation:

  • Regulation is currently under discussion
  • Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement
  • No legislation