The Art of the Cards

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  1. 2010-09-30 22:38:38

    Bad News for Washington via PokerStars

    This just in from PokerStars: residents of the state of Washington can no longer play for real money on our site. Neither can anyone visiting the Evergreen State. You see, Washington's State Supreme Court recently upheld the UIGEA against litigation from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). You can read all the details here. With this battle lost, PokerStars broke rank and blocked access to Washingtonians.

    In light of this decision, following extensive consultation with our legal advisors, we believe that the right course of action is to now block real money play by Washington residents on the site.

    (read the whole statement here.)
    In short, by suing to protect online poker rights, the PPA may have tipped the first domino against them. The decision will be appealed, but in the meantime, who knows the severity of the fallout. And who knows whether the US Supreme Court will even hear the case.

    Posted by Graham at 2010-09-30 22:38:38

Comments on “Bad News for Washington via PokerStars”

    • anonymous
    • Do you or anyone you know play online in Washington? I am just curious to hear what people are doing, strict this policy is, etc. Can a user just switch their address to one of their family members addresses and play? I am not certain how this is all playing out.

      Thanks for any insight!

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    • avatar for Jason M
    • Oh wow, thanks for the update, man. Bad stuff :(