The state of Illinois does not care that poker might be considered a game of skill when making their laws, but they seemed to have licensed some decent poker rooms for the poker players living in this state. The most popular poker game in this state is Texas Hold'em. Home poker games in Illinois are played often and many online poker tournaments are filled with poker players from Illinois.
Illinois Poker Room
Play at Bet Online
Visit the Bovada Casino
Illinois Poker Laws
It is quite unfortunate, but even if you argue that poker is a game of skill, it still will not change the fact that it is gambling according to section 28-1 of the Illinois code which make up the Illinois gambling laws. This section states that "a) A person commits gambling when he: (1) Plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value..." also "Gambling under subsection (a)(1) of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor". The laws are a little tough here, but there are some great legal poker rooms in this state, and I am uncertain how often this law is enforced.
Where to play live poker in Illinois
There a few good places to live poker in this state. Harrah's Metropolis, Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Par-A-Dice Casino are the most popular poker rooms in the state. For the population of this state you would think there would be more and larger poker rooms, but you can find many home games between friends in this state.
Poker sites accepting players from Illinois
Illinois might not be the greatest state for live poker, but it is a great state to play online poker. Any poker network that accept players from the United States, will accept players from Illinois. This includes the PaiWangLuo, Chico Poker and the Winning Poker networks. The PaiWangLuo network has Ignition Poker and Bovada.lv, both of which run the same software. The Chico Poker network has Sportsbetting.ag and Bet Online Poker, both of which are owned by the same operating group. The Winning Poker network is anchored by America's Cardroom and for the most part there are no other skins worth playing at in this network.
There are only three quality online poker rooms for players from Illinois, when you consider that most of the poker rooms above are in the same network. Any poker room not listed above, is not worth opening an account. The quality of poker rooms drops quickly after the top three networks. The other poker sites that accept players from Illinois have few players, many of the poker rooms have fewer players in their entire poker room, then a single poker tournament in the top three poker networks.