There are no tribal or commercial casinos in Vermont. Live poker players will need to visit Upstate New York or Canada to find poker tables, although charity games and poker leagues are legal in Vermont. New Hampshire is also an option. That state has a $4 max bet that may not appeal to serious players. It does offer tournaments with reasonable buyins.
Online Poker in Vermont
There are no laws in Vermont that cover online poker. It is not regulated and not specifically illegal. All online poker rooms that accept U.S. players allow Vermont residents to play.
Where Exactly Resident Play Online Poker in Vermont?
Our top pick for Vermont online poker players is Bovada. It is a member of the Bodog Poker Network and is the largest room that accepts U.S. players. New players earn a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus that clears at a rate of about 30% rakeback. There is also more than $300,000 in weekly guaranteed tournaments.
Bovada is a unique online poker room. It aims at recreational players. In an attempt to equal the playing field Bovada does not have usernames at the table. All players in cash games and tournaments are anonymous. Full tables are not visible from the lobby either. This keeps players from sitting on waitlists trying to get into good games. Another feature that appeals to action players is Zone Poker. It allows folded players to move to another table without having to wait for their current hand to end. Zone Poker players will enjoy upwards of 300 hands per hour.
CarbonPoker.AG (Merge Network)
Merge Gaming is a more traditional online poker network. It offers a number of features that experienced players are accustomed to using. In fact, the network has some of the best software in the entire industry. In addition to the usual games, Merge Gaming offers Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low, Badugi, A-5 Triple Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Five Card Draw and a number of mixed games.
Carbon Poker is our Merge Gaming pick. It offers a first deposit bonus of 200% up to $5,000. There is also a Royal Flush bonus where players win up to 100 times the big blind for making the big hand and a decent VIP program. There is a $150,000 guaranteed tournament every Sunday. All tournaments carry a guaranteed prize pool at Carbon Poker.
In addition to having a huge selection of cash game tables, Carbon also offers some of the best Sit n Go’s for USA players. They took a page out of the Bovada playbook and made all SnG’s “anonymous,” so novice players couldn’t be picked apart by HUD-using sharks and pros. The site also holds a regular tournament series called the Poker Maximus, which has guaranteed prize pools that exceed well over $1.5 Million.
Live Poker in Vermont
Besides home poker games, charity events and bar leagues, there is no live poker in Vermont. Players must drive to New Hampshire, New York or Canada to play poker. Massachusetts will launch casinos in 2014 and 2015. That will give Vermont poker players another option.