Finding a decent casino to play live poker is not a problem in Iowa, but depending on the stakes, playing online poker could be a risky business. The laws can be tough or lenient depending on the stakes you are playing and how you are playing. Playing between friends at a social gathering is mostly okay, but transmitting a wager online is deemed to be illegal.
Iowa Gambling Laws
Home games between friends seem to be okay in Iowa for
the most part, but the laws for online poker in the state of Iowa
are rather strict.
Depending on the wager, you could get a felony conviction on
your first offense.
In the Iowa code section 725.7, it lists that person shall not do any of the following:
a. Participate in a game for any sum of money or other property of any value.
b. Make any bet.
c. For a fee, directly or indirectly, give or accept anything of value to be wagered or to be transmitted or delivered for a wager to be placed within or without the state of Iowa... A person who violates this section is guilty of the following:
a. Illegal gaming in the fourth degree if the sum of money involved does not exceed $100. Illegal gaming in the fourth degree constitutes the following: (1) A serious misdemeanor for a first offense.
b. Illegal gaming in the third degree if the sum of money involved is between $100 - $500. Illegal gaming in the third degree constitutes the following: (1) An aggravated misdemeanor for a first offense.
c. Illegal gaming in the second degree if the sum of money involved is between $500 - $5000. Illegal gaming in the second degree constitutes the following: (1) A class “D” felony for a first offense.
d. Illegal gaming in the first degree if the sum of money involved exceeds $5000. Illegal gaming in the first degree constitutes a class “C” felony."
As always you should read the laws of Iowa before playing a game of poker.
Where to play live poker in Iowa
There are many places to play live poker in the state of Iowa. Some of the more popular poker rooms are located at the Argosy Casino, Wild Rose Entertainment and the Isle Casino in Bettendorf. Depending on the casino you will be able to play Texas Hold'em, Omaha or 7-card Stud.