re: Poker & Living in Virginia not good for online poker
I do play at almost all the major sites that still cater to the USA though. A lot of people DO think it is illegal to play online poker, the majority of people I talk to actually. It gets old trying to explain to them time after time about how it is not illegal to play poker, but rather to run a poker site/payment processor.
The closest casino is Maryland Live, which according to Google Maps, is a 2hour58min drive from my house.There are others that are not too much farther..Charles TownWVA, acNJ, & DoverDE all have casinos
, but Maryland live is the current closest for me, from Williamsburg, VA
There are local, bar league, poker games
.. but not worth the time and effort for the prizes they offer, at least the closest bar league.
There are some leagues that give cash prizes, but that is technically illegal in this state.. and at least a 45 min drive to the closest venue.
Colonial Downs Horse-Track has at least 1, if not 2 or 3 freerolls
that offer a $500 betting voucher, if you get first...but I've seen the final table chop more often than not. You can then use the voucher towards a 10c trifecta, or whatever and take the rest back in cash...but the next day because the poker game ends after all of the betting windows are closed. So it's basically just like winning cash, but in this state that is supposedly illegal, so they give you a betting voucher instead.
There are also plenty of home cash games around, I know of at least 1 every night of the week in the Hampton Roads area. If you go play at the bar leagues you will eventualy hear about a cash game or tournament at someones house, and if your not a total weirdo..prolly get invited lol.
Some of them are run like at a casino, with free booze and a dealer, but they take a rake..highly illegal also, and you hear about a gambling house getting busted every once in a while in the news.
The others are just self dealt, no rake or "optional" $5 donation when u buy in, BYOB...usually at a neighborhood clubhouse. If you double your original buy in or more, than you "donate" another 5% or so, and it all goes towards the swim team or club house your playing at.
From my understanding, in Virginia, you can make a bet with someone else as long as a third party is not profiting/taking rake, and it is not illegal. So if you were playing at one of the poker houses taking rake, and it got busted, you would not get in trouble for playing..but the people running it would.
Sorry I started to ramble and stuff..
Poker sucks in VA, but at least there are some games..