Arkansas law does not allow live cards to be dealt in any game. This includes poker. Instead, poker rooms in Arkansas offer PokerPro tables distributed by Pokertek. These machines are popular in jurisdictions that do not allow real card games as well as on cruise ships.
Poker players in Arkansas that want to play with real cards have several options. Players may cross the border into Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, or Oklahoma to play live poker. The most popular destination for Arkansas residents is Tunica, Mississippi.
Is Online Poker Legal in Arkansas?
Online poker is not yet regulated in Arkansas. It is not illegal to play either. However, our two favorite online poker rooms are available to Arkansas residents. This is great news for those who aren’t able to play live poker in the state at the moment.
Legality Online Poker in Arkansas
Bovada.lv is the best choice for U.S. players. There are over 2,500 players at peak hours. There are No Limit Hold’em cash games in virtually every limit. Fixed Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low games are also popular. It is also by far the best U.S. facing online poker for sit and gos and it also offers a $100,000 weekly guaranteed tournament. New players receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. Poker Points may be exchanged for tournament tickets.
Bovada does have some unpopular features. There are no usernames so you never know who is at the table with you. It is also hard to find tables to play as full ones do not appear in the lobby. If these items are unappealing to you, then we suggest you try Carbon Poker.
**UPDATE** Bovada.LV has temporarily halted new signups in the USA; existing accounts will continue to function as usual, with cash out times still being within 1 to 2 weeks.
- Carbon Poker is a member of the Merge Gaming Network, which has some of the best online poker software in the world. It is smooth and animated. It adds to the already enjoyable game of poker. Players will find a wide variety of games. Badugi and Triple Draw are even available. There are dozens of guaranteed tournaments each day, including a $150,00 Sunday No Limit Hold’em event. Most tournaments are No Limit Hold’em, though there are a handful of small Omaha and Stud guaranteed tournaments.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in Arkansas?
Both poker rooms in Arkansas use Pokerpro machines. There are electronic poker tables manufactured by Pokertek. There are no physical tables where you can actually play and interact with other players and a live dealer.
Oaklawn (Hot Springs) – The poker room is temporarily closed during casino expansion.
Southland Park (West Memphis) – Southland Park offers ten electronic tables. The games offered include 2/4 and 3/6 Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, 1/2 and 2/5 No Limit Texas Hold’em, 3/6 and 10/20 Fixed Limit Omaha, and 1/3 and 2/5 Pot Limit Omaha.