US Poker

  • Regulation is currently under discussion
  • Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement
  • Online poker is not likely anytime soon

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North Dakota

(Estimated population as of 2013 — 723,393)

Way back in 2005, North Dakota representative James Kasper introduced HCR 3035, which would allow online poker operators to be licensed in the United States for the first time and allow them to set up servers in the states that could be offered to outlets around the world. It was a bill way ahead of its time, and it’s not surprising that the State Senate shot it down by a vote of 43-3. Still, kudos to some in the state being forward thinkers.

Unfortunately, for the next seven years it remained quiet on the northern front in regards to iGaming. Then, in 2011, the Department of Justice reversed their stance on the Wire Act, which inspired many states to explore Internet options.

North Dakota hasn’t revisited online poker, but they were one of the states to consider offering the lottery via the Internet. The fact they’re considering one avenue of iGaming is a good sign, but really it doesn’t amount to much.

Right now iGaming is illegal in North Dakota. As Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says on his FAQ page: “Online gambling is prohibited under the state's Constitution, regardless of the amount wagered. In North Dakota, gambling may be conducted only by licensed non-profit organizations, Tribal casinos or through a state run lottery.”

If iGaming is to come to North Dakota it will either be at the behest of the tribes or by the state changing the constitution. Both are highly unlikely.