Tennessee has no live poker rooms. Poker players are forced to travel across state lines to find casinos with poker rooms.
The lottery is the only form of legalized gambling in the state. Even charitable bingo is outlawed due to a bingo scandal where organized crime was allegedly masquerading as charitable bingo halls. This caused Tennessee to ban all forms of bingo.
Is Online Poker Legal in Tennessee?
While Tennessee was the 48th state to legalize any form of gambling when it approved a lottery, it has not specifically outlawed online poker. All online poker rooms that accept U.S. players also accept Tennessee residents.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Tennessee?
Bovada is the best choice for Tennessee online poker players. It offers peak traffic of nearly 3,000 players. There are hundreds of tournament and sit and go players at any given time. No Limit and Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em are the most popular Bovada games, but Omaha, Omaha High/Low and Seven Card Stud may also be found.
Bovada now offers a fast fold game option in its software. Players that fold are immediately taken to a new table. This helps a player get dealt as many as four times as many hands per hour when compared to traditional tables. It is the only U.S. friendly online poker room with this feature.
This is not the only unique item in Bovada’s software; players are anonymous at both cash and tournament tables. There are also no waitlists. Players must sit at a table with an open seat. They may not wait for a seat to open at an existing table. In fact, full tables cannot even be seen in the lobby. This helps new games constantly launch.
**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.
Players looking for a poker room with standard features should look no further than Carbon Poker. It is a member of the Merge Gaming Network. It offers some of the best software in the online poker industry. There are many features that will please both new and experienced players.
There is a 200% up to $5,000 first deposit bonus and an exclusive VIP program where players may exchange player points into straight cash. There are also monthly reload bonuses and a tournament leaderboard.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in Tennessee?
Outside of home games, there are no live poker games in Tennessee. Players near Memphis have two convenient out of state options. Tunica is about 45 minutes south. There is also a poker room across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas, which uses Pokertek’s electronic tables.
Players in Knoxville will find Cherokee, North Carolina to be the closest poker room. It also uses Pokertek tables. Players in the Knoxville area looking for live cards will need to head to West Virginia. Nashville players will find poker rooms in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.