Alaska Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Alaska

Alaska 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.  For now, though, conduct of any gaming activity online is still illegal.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 11.66.200-280; 05.15.690; 43.35.200-220
Definition of Gambling Gambling: A person stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that that person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
Definition of Contest of Chance Contest of chance: A contest, game, gaming scheme, or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that the skill of the contestants may also be a factor. (Poker is specified as a contest of chance.)
Online Poker/Gambling Alaska has not regulated online poker, casinos or betting. No bills have been brought forth, and it is unlikely the state will so do anytime soon.
Live Poker There are no live poker rooms in the state of Alaska. Home poker games are permitted in a social setting, but no rake is allowed.
Casinos All gambling devices are banned except for those on reservations. Alaska has 10 casinos with 92 slot machines.
Sports Betting Alaska has not considered any laws related to sports betting.
DFS There is no law specifying DFS as legal, though most popular DFS sites allow Alaskans to play.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse racing and betting on racing is illegal. By permit only, the following contests are allowed: Salmon classics, dog musher contests, snow classics, snow machine classics, fish derbies, animal classics, cabbage classics, Calcutta pools, moose derbies, and contests of skill.

Alaska Gaming Reform Act of 2016