Vermont Online Poker | Vermont Poker Rooms
We want you as a poker player to have the best information possible, particular after the events of Black Friday made the future of online poker murkier than ever. That is why our site is committed to a state by state analysis of online poker options for the future. Today, we are focused on Vermont online poker and the possibilities for players there. If intrastate regulation of online poker is indeed where the industry might be headed, then we want players in Vermont to know what that could mean for them. This format for covering each state in the United States has involved looking at the current gaming options in each state, as well as some analysis of current gaming law, and both of these things are significant issues for the future of Vermont online poker.
Currently, there are no casinos operating within the state borders of Vermont. None. This means that there are no table games being spread, no sports or race book betting, no poker tables, no form of gambling that you can legally participate in in almost every other American state. If you want to gamble in Vermont, you have to buy a lottery ticket. But Vermont online poker players were still at one point able to find a game on their site of choice, making that one of the state’s larger gaming platforms as there were no live options available. It is probably unlikely that a brick and mortar establishment will open up anytime soon in Vermont, which means that the state will have to look in another direction if intrastate regulation of poker is to come about.
One of the most fascinating things, however, about gaming law in Vermont is that while poker games are technically illegal in the state (and they are, according to the books), they are not considered to be full-fledged felonies or even misdemeanors. Section 2132 of the Vermont state code requires that a home poker game that is broken up be met with a citation and a fine of $5.00. Yes, you read that correctly Vermont online poker players - - in your state, the penalty for participating in a home game is 5 bucks. So depending on the size of your game, the penalty incurred may be even smaller than the average size of the pot. It is an outdated law, for sure, but one thing that it also may indicate is that although gaming options are minimal in Vermont, that may not necessarily be a statement of the state’s opposition to it, but more an indicator of the state’s small size and other factors that have made large poker rooms a difficult thing to see happen.
So for now, despite the future being somewhat dim for Vermont online poker players, it is still important to note that no final decisions have been made in any state about intrastate regulation of online poker. That means that everyone is still ‘drawing live’, so to speak, and although the outs may be fewer in some states than others, no state has been completely removed from the possibility of regulation. Stay tuned for further developments in Vermont and across the United States, and Good Luck at the Tables!!