Georgia does not have any casinos. There are no commercial poker rooms or any other forms of legalized gambling outside of the lottery and some lottery based video slot machines. The only exception is a cruise ship that leaves Brunswick where cash games and tournaments are spread. Home poker games are legal under Georgia law as long as no rake is taken.
Legality of Online Poker in Georgia
Georgia does not have any specific laws that address online poker. This means that several international online poker rooms accept players from Georgia. These include Bovada, Americas Cardroom and Carbon Poker. We’ll take a look at a few of these options in the next section.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Georgia?
The best choice for Georgian online poker players is Bovada.LV, which is the U.S. brand for the Bodog Poker Network. New players will receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. There is also a points program where players can use them to enter tournaments.
Bovada Poker has some unique features that players either love or hate. Players cannot see full tables in the poker lobby. This gives the poker room the appearance of having far fewer tables than are actually available. It also means that a player cannot join a waitlist, a common feature at both live and online poker rooms. There are also no screen names at the tables. This takes some of the socializing out of the game, but it provides weaker players with some cover that may keep them from being targeted and followed by more experienced players.
**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.
- Americas Cardroom is going to be another online poker room to consider if Bovada isn’t your cup of tea. It is a member of the Winning Poker Network. Americas Cardroom offers mostly No Limit Texas Hold’em with low blinds. It also offers two unique promotions. TheBeast awards high volume players with a monthly points race. There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot where a player losing four of a kind 8’s or better releases it. Their VIP program rewards players based on hands that they are dealt, not just contributing to like most other poker rooms, making even break-even players profitable ones long-term.
Live Poker in Georgia
Emerald Palace (Brunswick) – The Emerald Palace is a cruise ship that ports in Brunswick. The small poker room spreads a handful of tournaments and a standard 2/5 No Limit Texas Hold’em.
Most Georgia poker players travel to other states. Players in South Georgia have Florida poker rooms nearby. Players in North Georgia have Harrah’s Cherokee within an hour or two. Biloxi and Tunica Mississippi are casino towns that are within five or six hours of most Georgians.