Idaho is one of the only states to expressly prohibit poker and poker is illegal at the states’ Tribal Casinos. Obviously, neither does Idaho have any legal Poker Rooms.
As recently as 2014, one of Idaho’s Tribal Casinos opened a live poker room. Idaho officials immediately challenged the tribe’s position that poker was legal through the state’s pari-mutuel gambling laws. The state contended that poker was expressly illegal under the state constitution.
The state of Idaho prevailed in the landmark case when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with it in July 2015 and the casino was forced to shut down its poker room immediately.
Online Poker Laws
Online poker in Idaho and video poker online are both implicitly deemed illegal in the state.
While not a direct reference to Online Poker, the Idaho constitution does forbid a class of game that would seem to include online casinos and online poker. Even if regulated, operators are not allowed to;
“employ any electronic or electromechanical imitation or simulation of any form of casino gambling” (Section 20 Idaho Constitution).
Consequently, there is no regulation or moves towards legalizing online poker in Idaho at the moment. For further details, please refer to the above section on ‘Online Casino in Idaho’.