No exception has been carved out under the Utah law allowing for social or ‘home’ poker between friends, and as stated above, no casinos or card rooms to play poker for real money exist in the state of Utah.
For information on how to play Poker legally in Utah in a league, please read on below.
While Poker Rooms where you can play for real money do not exist in Utah, Poker is possible via the bar leagues that do not charge for entry into their tournaments. Players are rewarded with cash prizes, and the leagues even have larger monthly events with bigger prize money up on offer. As there is no entry fee, authorities tolerate these popular poker tournaments. The Bar Poker Leagues give players an opportunity to keep their poker skills sharpened ahead of travelling to the legal casino states to play for real money.
Bingo is played in Utah, with restaurants creatively offering free-cards with their meals which give-away cash prizes for those ‘players’.
Online Poker Laws
Online Poker is not a legal option in the state of Utah. See above section – ‘Online Casinos in Utah’ for further clarification.