The laws are vague when it comes down to placing a wager as a player. I can't find anything that says for sure that playing poker is legal or even illegal. I didn't find a sentence or a fine for a law that may or may not exist. The Kentucky Governor is clearly against online poker (he tried to take away many domain names from online gambling websites that accepted wagers from Kentuckians), so I would be a bit cautious if I was planning of playing online poker from Kentucky.
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Kentucky Gambling Laws
The laws are very vague when it comes to gambling as a player. Even after reading everything that we could find about the Kentucky gambling laws, we could not find one instance of the state saying that making a bet in Kentucky is illegal. The state is against online poker, but I still can't find a law against it. If you are planning of playing poker in Kentucky, then it would be in your best interest to contact the state for more clarity on this issue. I am not sure about gambling as a player, but operating an unlicensed casino or bookmaker is clearly defined as illegal in Kentucky.
Where to play live poker in Kentucky
Home games are your only option for live poker in Kentucky. There is not a single licensed poker room in the state.
Poker sites accepting players from Kentucky
For the most part, there are only two acceptable poker rooms that accept players from Kentucky. Luckily, they are two of the top three poker networks in the U.S. market. You can play at Bovada.lv (currently the best poker room not called Poker Stars) and Bet Online Poker. You can also open an account at Ignition Poker and Sportsbetting.ag, but they are essentially the same as the above two poker rooms.
One thing is for sure, when you are in a state that might cause problems in the future, you should set up an account today at the poker rooms that will accept players from your state. What usually happens is the poker rooms will first stop accepting new players from your state and then they will decide to exclude their current players from playing. Many players in other states are playing in poker rooms that they would otherwise not be able to if they didn't sign-up before the individual state restrictions.