Kentucky is famous for its horse racing, but casinos are not yet legal. The closest thing to it is electronic off track betting on past races. Kentucky poker players must either play a home game or visit a neighboring state. Obviously the state is more geared towards the allure of horse racing, as the Kentucky Derby alone brings in millions upon millions of added revenue to Kentucky every year.
Is Online Poker Legal in Kentucky?
There are no Kentucky laws that specifically address online poker. The state was the home of one of the oddest online gambling cases in U.S. history that was related to online poker. Kentucky attempted to seize 141 domain names from online gambling company, many of which were online poker rooms.
The court case is still active. Party Poker recently settled its case, while PokerStars is still fighting in court. Most of the other domain names were used by companies that have since gone out of business or moved to .eu domains that are out of the reach of U.S. governments.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Kentucky?
Several online poker rooms that otherwise accept U.S. players do not accept players from Kentucky. One of the bigger ones is Carbon Poker, which disallowed players from the state years ago. Another one is Bovada, which stopped accepting USA players earlier in 2014. There is really only Network option and that is Winning Poker, which houses True Poker and Americas Cardroom.
Since ACR and True Poker are large skins on the Winning Poker Network, there are large guaranteed tournaments held every week, most notable on Sunday. The most popular promotions are TheBeast, which is a points race where players can win cash and tournaments, and the Bad Beat Jackpot where a player wins big if they lose quad 8’s or better.
These promotions are only available at certain tables that are clearly marked. A special rake is taken to find these promotions. The site itself prides itself on its MTT’s and SnG promotions, where the competition is a mix of fish and pros alike; however, cash game tables in the medium stakes levels have tons of sharks swimming around, so you may want to be careful on game selection if you’re new to the site.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in Kentucky?
Outside of home games, there are no poker rooms in Kentucky. Players must travel to neighboring states. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia all have live poker. Cherokee, NC, which offers mostly PokerPro machines, may also be convenient for some players on the eastern side of Kentucky.