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.
|State Code Section(s)
|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.
|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.
|There are no live poker rooms in Hawaii.
|Hawaiian legislators have discouraged all talk of casinos.
|A bill introduced to the House in January 2017 proposed a study of sports betting, but the bill never advanced.
|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.