Hawaii Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Hawaii

Hawaii 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) 5.37.712.1220-1231
Definition of Gambling & Player 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.

Player: A person who engages in gambling solely as a contestant or bettor.

Definition of 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.
Online Poker/Gambling There are no laws specifically referencing online poker, but the few lawmakers who have attempted to legalize it have been met with no support whatsoever.
Live Poker There are no live poker rooms in Hawaii.
Casinos Hawaiian legislators have discouraged all talk of casinos.
Sports Betting A bill introduced to the House in January 2017 proposed a study of sports betting, but the bill never advanced.
DFS A Senate bill in 2018 to legalize daily fantasy sports did not pass.
Other Forms of Gambling Social gambling is legal if not in public or a business, no rake is taken, and no one receives anything other than winnings.