First the good news – Home poker games are tolerated in Alabama, as long as they meet the state guidelines of ‘social gambling in a private place’, and some limited opportunities exist for charity poker with good cause biker organizations.
In Alabama State Law, the onus of proof of social gambling rests solely on the shoulders of the players in the home game.
Otherwise, charity poker, video poker, poker in casinos and/or poker games are all deemed illegal under Alabama State Law. According the interpretation of legislators in Alabama, poker is illegal ‘as it involves chance’.
Even Alabama’s Tribal Casinos are not allowed to offer their clients opportunities to play poker.
No legal poker rooms exist in the state of Alabama to play for real money.
However, in some very limited cases, charity organizations in Alabama are now capitalizing on the large draw of Texas Hold’em tournaments and holding their own poker tourneys to bring in the crowds and raise some funds for their causes. Most notably, there are poker tournaments organized by some charity biker organizations in the state of Alabama.
Online Poker Laws
At this time, online poker in Alabama and video poker online are both deemed illegal and are therefore, unavailable. See section above on ‘Online Casinos in Alabama’.