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Estimated population: 11,689,442 (2018)

Where You Can Play Online Poker In Ohio

Can You Play Online Poker in Ohio?

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

Current Ohio Gambling Laws

Ohio allows horse racing with a permit, pari-mutuel wagering, and wagering on races at legal satellite facilities. "Private, social gambling" is allowed in the state, and Ohio has had a lottery since 1974.

Meanwhile, as far as casinos are concerned, Ohio was late to follow the lead already charted by its neighboring states to allow them. In 2009, Ohio finally passed legislation allowing four casinos (one each in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus.)

The first ones opened in 2012, and since then licenses for seven more "racetrack casinos" or "racinos" have been approved to operate elsewhere in the state, which according to some observers is just about as many as the market can handle. None of these properties are tribal-owned.

As far as online gambling is concerned, the state's lawmakers have shown little interest in the subject. A study was commissioned in 2016, however, that made some recommendations regarding online gambling. That study instigated some to hope Ohio will one day follow in the footsteps of its eastern neighbor Pennsylvania.

Best Online Poker Sites for Ohio Players

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