Live Poker can be enjoyed at Iowa’s riverboat, tribal and commercial casinos, and racetracks all of which have legal poker rooms and offer tournaments and big cash prizes.
Social ‘home’ Poker games are considered to be illegal in Iowa (as they are played without a license – see section 99B.9 of the Iowa Code),
Indiana has a total of 88 poker tables spread across a possible 14 poker rooms. At those facilities, it is perfectly legal to play different types of poker in Iowa without fear of breaking any laws (including Pot Limit Hold’em, Casino Hold’em, Omaha 8 or better, Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, No Limit Hold’em etc.)
Online Poker Laws
Iowa’s online players are still unable to play Poker online at the current time, however, online poker is under continual debate by the state’s legislators.
The hopes for online poker in Iowa remain alive despite many bills having failed to pass the Iowa State Senate in recent years; (Senate file 2275 in 2012 and Senate Study Bill 1068 in 2013). Iowa’s legislators aren’t opposed to online poker. It’s actually more a matter of appeasing the other interested parties in Iowa’s gambling industry (i.e. tribal and riverboat casinos and the ‘racinos’) and agreeing on all the fine print.