Idaho Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Idaho

Idaho 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) 18.3801-3810; 52.106; 54.2501-2517
Definition of Gambling Risking any money, credit, deposit or other thing of value for gain contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, the operation of a gambling device or the happening or outcome of an event, including a sporting event, the operation of casino gambling including, but not limited to, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, bacarrat [baccarat] or keno.
Online Poker/Gambling There have been no attempts to legalize online poker or casino games for residents of Idaho.
Live Poker There are poker rooms in the Indian-run casinos located throughout the state. The Coeur D’Alene tribe tried to offer poker tournaments in addition to its cash games, but the state took the tribe to court, at which time the judge ruled with the state that there was too much chance involved. “Idaho law does not leave room for [a chance versus skill predominance] inquiry.”
Casinos A handful of Native American tribes negotiated compacts with Idaho’s state government to run casinos per IGRA.
Sports Betting Idaho has not attempted to legalize sports betting.
DFS There have been no efforts for the legislature to examine daily fantasy sports opportunities.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, bingo and raffles for charitable organizations, dog and horse racing, pari-mutuel betting.