Bluff Poker – What are the home poker laws in Arkansas?

Basic Social Gambling Guidelines

Let us briefly define the guidelines of a “home poker” or “social gambling” experience:

1. The host, or home owner, may not receive economic gain for hosting the game; only from personal winnings therein.
2. There can be no advantage to one player over another. All must have an equal opportunity to win.
3. The poker game must occur in a private setting, like within the home, or a private social club.

Arkansas strictly prohibits any form of gambling on card games, regardless of the location or value to one or more players, or the host. The law states: “If any person shall be guilty of betting any money or any valuable thing on any game of brag, bluff, poker, seven-up, three-up, twenty-one, vingt-et-un, thirteen cards, the odd trick, forty-five, whist, or at any other game at cards, known by any name now known to the law, or with any other or new name or without any name, he shall, on conviction be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00).”

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Technically illegal - yes.

Likely to be busted - probably not unless you're less than circumspect about it. Unless you've been advertising the game, hold it in a public place or the cops are called for a noise complaint or the like, unlikely anyone would know or much care.

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