Is Online Poker Legal in Alabama?

Alabama Online PokerAlabama is an anti-gambling state and has not legalized online poker or other online gambling games. Like the majority of the states, Alabama has not specifically prohibited internet poker either:

A person engages in gambling if he stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
A person commits the crime of simple gambling if he knowingly advances or profits from unlawful gambling activity as a player.

Based on the laws above, I'd say that playing Alabama online poker is illegal. But I'm not a lawyer and I've never studied law, so if you have a great desire to play online poker in Alabama, I recommend contacting a local gaming lawyer about the subject.

All real-money USA poker sites accept players from Alabama whether playing internet poker for real cash is legal there or not.

Will Alabama Legalize Online Poker?

It is unlikely that Alabama online poker will be legalized anytime soon since the state is currently fighting over if tribal casinos' electronic bingo machines belong to the "charitable bingo" category.

Only Class II gaming is legal gambling in Alabama. There are no casinos offering live poker, blackjack, roulette or any form of gambling other than electronic bingo machines.

Legal Alabama Gambling

The only forms of Alabama gambling that aren't unlawful are charitable bingo and greyhound races.

Charitable bingo

Certain counties in Alabama have agreed to a constitutional amendment which allows them to run charitable bingo games. These games must be conducted by the charity.

Here are the counties allowed to run bingo in Alabama:

  • Calhoun
  • Covington
  • Etowah
  • Houston
  • Jefferson
  • Limestone
  • Lowndes
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Russell
  • St. Clair
  • Walker

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires that all gaming revenue must go to governmental or charitable purposes. All the three Indian casinos in Alabama have electronic bingo machines, which look a lot like slot machines, but are bingo machines.

You must be at least 19 years old to play bingo in Alabama.

Bingo Halls in Alabama

Anniston Bingo Halls:
I-20 Bingo:
1706 Martin Luther King Drive, Anniston, AL, 36201

270 Moose Lodge, Anniston, AL, 36202

Ashville Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
21320 Hwy 11, Ashville, AL, 35953

Atmore Bingo Halls:
Creek Bingo Palace:
120 Poarch Road, Atmore, AL, 36502

Carbon Hill Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
Highway 78, Carbon Hill, AL, 35549

Birmingham Bingo Halls:
Bama Bingo:
1254 Forestdale Blvd, Birmingham, AL, 35214

Birmingham Elks Lodge 79:
6802 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL, 35206

Eastwood Bingo:
1569 Cooper Hill Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35210

Decatur Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
2607 Hwy 31 South, Decatur, AL, 35602

Knights of Columbus:
1609 Wolverine Drive SE, Decatur, AL, 35602

Elberta Bingo Halls:
24230 US Hwy 98, Elberta, AL, 36530

Eutaw Bingo Halls:
Greenetrack Bingo:
Exit 45 I-20/59 South 524, Martin Luther King BLVD, 35462

Foley Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
10960 Hwy 59 S, Foley, AL, 36536

Gadsden Bingo Halls:
Bingo Center:
112 E Chestnut Street, Gadsden, AL, 35902

Gulf Shores Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
848 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL, 36542

Huntsville Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
3208 Long Ave, Huntsville, AL, 35805

American Legion:
3836 Colonial Park Circle SW, Huntsville, AL, 35807

Eagles Bingo:
2500 10th Street, Huntsville, AL, 35805

Elks Bingo:
725 Franklin St SE, Huntsville, AL, 35801

Jasper Bingo Halls:
VFW Bingo:
3401 Veterans Drive, Jasper, AL, 35501

Mobile Bingo Halls:
Bingo Haven:
4130 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL, 36693-4890
(251)-666-3587 Miracle Bingo:
122 North Craft Highway, Mobile, AL, 36611

Montgomery Bingo Halls:
Broadway Bingo:
146 A Normandale Arcade, Montgomery, AL, 36111

Good Times:
2334 E South Blvd., Montgomery, AL, 36116

Jackpot Bingo:
146 Normandale Arc, Montgomery, AL, 36111

Winners Bingo:
3660 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL, 36109

Phenix City Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
511 13th Street, Phenix City, AL, 36868

Phenix City Shrine Club:
1911 Opelika Road, Phenix City, AL, 36867

Piedmont Bingo Halls:
Piedmont Bingo:
576 E. Hywqay 278 BYP, Piedmont, AL, 36272

Prattville Bingo Halls:
1779 Highway 31 N, Prattville, AL, 36068

1707 Highway 31 N, Prattville, AL, 36068

Selma Bingo Halls:
2530 Al Hwy 14 E, Selma, AL, 36703

Sheffield Bingo Halls:
Elks Lodge:
505 N Raleigh Ave, Sheffield, AL, 35660

Theodore Bingo Halls:
American Legion:
10960 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Theodore, AL, 36582

Tuscaloosa Bingo Halls:
Elks Lodge:
4700 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404

Pari-mutuel betting

Alabama has four greyhound racing courses, which fall under "pari-mutuel betting", and are therefore legal forms of Alabama gambling.

Birmingham Greyhound Racing:
1000 John Rogers Rd Irondale, AL, 35210
(205) 838-7500

159 Exit 45 Union Rd, AL, 35462
(205) 372-9318

Mobile Greyhound Park:
7101 Old Pascagoula Rd Theodore, AL, 36582
(251) 653-5000

8680 County Road 40, AL, 36075

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