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This is actually a very murky area of law. There are lots of unsettled questions, but there are a few things I can tell you.
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Online poker is probably illegal, as it is still considered a game of chance under the law.
I say "probably" because players have not yet been exposed to criminal or civil liability, so far, but many of the websites have been.
From a practical perspective, the risk you run is losing your money because the US Government seizes it. The odds of you facing personal civil or criminal liability are very slim, though.
Does that make sense?
It sounds like you can not advise me with certainty that playing poker online in the state of Ohio will not lead to Jail Time or Criminal or Civil charges. I would not want to risk getting in trouble, but I do want to play. Having money seized online does not concern me, as long as I am not at risk for personal penalties or charges. So I guess what I am ultimately asking is this:
What I can say is this:
Am I breaking the law by playing online?
No player has ever faced criminal or civil liability.
But, you could have your money seized.
Would the government be within their legal right to charge me if they for whatever reason decided to?
In theory, yes. However, there have been hundreds of thousands of players before you that have not been.
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