Alabama Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Alabama

Alabama still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be progress made in the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 13A.12.20-30; 13A.12.90-92; 34.6.12-13
Definition of Gambling Gambling: A person engages in gambling if he stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
Definition of Contest of Chance Contest of chance: Any contest, game, gaming scheme or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that skill of the contestants may also be a factor therein. (Poker is not specified.)
Online Poker/Gambling There have been no serious attempts to legalize and regulate online poker or internet casino games for players in Alabama.
Live Poker No live poker is permitted in tribal casinos, which means no established poker rooms exist in Alabama.
Casinos One tribe operates several casinos in the state per IGRA, but there are no other casinos in Alabama.
Sports Betting Alabama is not yet prepared to consider a sports betting bill.
DFS Lawmakers considered S.325 to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports in 2018, but the bill never went to the floor for a vote.
Other Forms of Gambling Live greyhound racing is legal but horseracing is not. Pari-mutuel betting is allowed on dog and horse racing but only via state-licensed operations. Social games are legal in private homes with stipulations.