The online poker laws are a little harsh, but the social poker game laws are player friendly. There is a variety of poker rooms to choose from in Oregon including the Spirit Mountain poker room which has the ability to host over 200 players.
Oregon gambling laws are clear and easy to understand.
Social poker games are legal among friends and family as
long as no one is collecting any rake. Playing poker
at a bar or club is only legal if the local city or county
The bad news is Texas Holdem is declared a casino game and will be considered unlawful gambling in most instances. Online poker is listed in the laws and it is considered unlawful gambling in the second degree. If you are found guilty of unlawful gambling in the second degree, you will be charged with a class A misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is one year in jail and/or a fine up to $6250.
There is a good live poker scene in Oregon. You can make a home game with your friends or visit one the licensed poker rooms in the state. The top poker rooms here include the poker room in the Spirit Mountain Casino, the Chinook Wind Casino and the Seven Feathers Resort. You can play Texas Holdem, Omaha poker, Omaha hi/lo and 7-card Stud between these three poker rooms.
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