North Dakota allows poker on its reservations. There is a $250 bet limit for cash games. Charity poker games are allowed with a $1 bet limit. Charity poker games may only be spread twice per year per location. The explosion of the North Dakota oil industry has created a poker boom in the state. It has some of the best games in the country due to the economic benefits of the state’s oil exploration.
Is Online Poker Legal in North Dakota?
North Dakota attempted to legalize online poker in 2005. The bill would have allowed online poker servers to be hosted in North Dakota. The bill passed the House, but failed to pass the North Dakota Senate after the federal government notified the state that online poker may violate federal law. There has been no serious discussion about online poker since then.
North Dakota has always been progressive about gambling. It was the third state to legalize blackjack after Nevada and New Jersey. It also allows charities to operate bingo and raffles.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in North Dakota?
Several online poker rooms accept North Dakota poker players. Bovada, a member of the Bodog Network, is the largest. It offers over 2,500 peak cash game players each day. It has the widest variety of No Limit and Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em games available to North Dakotans. Bovada also spreads Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low and Stud games.
New Bovada players receive a first deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000. It clears at a rate of approximately 30% rakeback. There is also a weekly $100,000 guaranteed tournament every Sunday. Bovada specializes in appealing to recreational players. They protect weak players by not showing usernames at the table. Full tables cannot be seen in the lobby, which means there are no waitlists. This feature helps create more tables as players must start new games instead of waiting to get into existing ones.
**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.
We also recommend Carbon Poker, which is a member of the Merge Gaming Network. It has some of the best software in online poker history. New players receive a 200% up to $5,000 first deposit bonus and a monthly reload bonus for all players. There is also an excellent VIP program, as well as a monthly tournament leaderboard.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in North Dakota?
There are many small poker rooms throughout North Dakota. All are located on reservations in rural areas. Most poker rooms open around noon each day. None are 24 hours. There is a $250 bet limit at poker games in North Dakota.
Dakota Magic (Harkinson) – Dakota Magic spreads six tables. There are five weekly tournaments. Players will find Texas Hold’em and Omaha High/Low at this room, which is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Sky Dancer (Belcourt) – Sky Dancer spreads five tables and five weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em tables. Sky Dancer opens at 6pm daily.
4 Bears (New Town) – 4 Bears is a 4-table poker room that opens at 8am daily. It spreads Texas Hold’em, which includes three weekly $20-$30 tournaments.