Tennessee Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Tennessee

Tennessee still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes are being discussed and there has been progress lately that could make it legal within the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 3.17; 4.36; 39.17.5-6
Definition of Gambling Risking anything of value for a profit whose return is to any degree contingent on chance, or any games of chance associated with casinos, including, but not limited to, slot machines, roulette wheels, etc.
Definition of Gambling Bet Anything of value risked in gambling.
Online Poker/Gambling It is highly unlikely that legislators will consider any type of online poker or casino games in the foreseeable future.
Live Poker Since there are no casinos and racetracks are not allowed to offer table games like poker, players cannot legally play cash games or tournaments in Tennessee.
Casinos There are no casinos in Tennessee, and there seems to be no desire to consider legalizing any gambling facilities outside of racetracks.
Sports Betting Tennessee has not yet considered a sports betting bill as of mid-2018.
DFS Lawmakers legalized daily fantasy sports contests via the Fantasy Sports Act in 2016.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse racing, limited pari-mutuel wagering, raffles and limited charitable gambling, lottery.