Your options for playing poker in Tennessee include a variety of online poker rooms, home games and a small free poker circuit in Johnson City. It is a good thing the laws are lenient here or there could have been no live poker at all here.
Tennessee Gambling Laws
I was expecting a much harder punishment here for illegal gambling, but the Tennessee gambling laws are really poker player friendly. Gambling is not legal and poker is not legal in this state, but the charge for illegal gambling is really lenient. You will be guilty of a class C misdemeanor if you gamble in Tennessee, which can carry a 30 day sentence and/or a $50 fine. Even though the fine is low, you should still hide your poker games from the general public.
Where to play live poker in Tennessee
A small poker circuit runs free live poker in Tennessee. They do this because there are no licensed casinos or poker rooms in the state. Social game between friends are also played often in Tennessee.