Playing poker, even at high stakes, is not illegal in Virginia. A poker game becomes illegal when you have a professional operator who makes money on the game, typically by collecting a "rake" of up to 10 percent of all money wagered.But some people I know are going to be in trouble if the Fairfax police are able to tap their computers:
Vice also said it is illegal in Virginia to gamble on poker Web sites that have become popular recently, because such sites also collect a rake. But he said his department has not made enforcement of online poker gambling a priority.And why isn't it a priority? Because it's hard to get jurisdiction over that company in Belize who is running the web site.