Hawaii is one of two states where all forms of gambling are illegal. There is not even a lottery in Hawaii. That is because the state relies on the tourism industry for its survival. Hawaiian lawmakers have never been able to collectively agree on how to launch gambling without potentially hurting the hotel industry.
Is Online Poker Legal in Hawaii?
Online gambling has been just as difficult to expand. A bill has come up in the Hawaii Legislature each of the past four years that would create a lottery based online gambling commission. All poker and casino games would be allowed. Unfortunately for gambling proponents, the bills have died without any discussion at all in the house or senate chamber.
There are no specific laws banning online gambling in Hawaii. That means that Hawaii is not on the list of banned states of any U.S. facing online poker room. That is good for online poker players in the state as there are no forms of legalized live gambling.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Hawaii?
Bovada.lv is the largest online poker room to accept online poker players from Hawaii. It peaks at over 2,500 players daily. There are hundreds of No Limit Texas Hold’em tables available during peak hours. There are also Fixed Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low. New players receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. There is also a program where players can exchange points into tournament tickets.
Bovada is a unique online poker room. The network uses the recreational player model. This helps less experienced players stay in the game longer. Usernames are not used, nor are there wait lists. They also use an “anonymous” player model, so players can’t datamine one another and use player HUD’s to gain an advantage against their opponents.
**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.
- Another great choice for Hawaii online poker players is Carbon Poker. It is the most well known skin on the Merge Gaming Network. Carbon Poker players receive a first deposit bonus of 200% up to $5,000 and access to one of the best VIP programs in online poker. Carbon Poker is known for having some of the best software in the industry.
Live Poker Rooms in Hawaii
There are no poker rooms in Hawaii. There are not even day cruises available for casino gambling. Las Vegas is the most popular destination for Hawaii residents. There are cheap flights there and it is probably the best choice for Hawaii poker and casino players.