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El Scorcho
09-30-10, 12:16 PM
PokerStars statement on the blocking of players from Washington State

PokerStars today announced that it would cease providing real-money poker to residents of Washington State. To date, PokerStars has operated in Washington on the basis of legal opinions where the central advice was that the state could not constitutionally regulate Internet poker, or at least could not discriminate in favor of local cardrooms and against online sites. Last week, however, the Washington Supreme Court for the first time rejected that position and upheld the state's Internet gaming prohibition.

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 PokerStars.com site. This policy will remain in effect until the law changes or subsequent legal challenges succeed. Our decision to block real money play in Washington does not affect the balance of funds in customer accounts, which remain completely safe. Our payment services team continues to be available to Washington State residents to assist with cashout requests.

We regret this decision, which will no doubt disappoint our customers in Washington State. However, in all of the jurisdictions where we operate, we are committed to making responsible decisions that are based on a full and considered understanding of the most up-to-date legal advice.

PokerStars remains supportive of passing sensible Internet poker regulation in the United States that will provide much-needed tax revenues and formalize consumer protections. PokerStars operates under those conditions, complying with rigorous licensing regimes, for its worldwide operations in the Isle of Man (UK), and for local operations in Italy, France and Estonia.

There's probably a good chance that Full Tilt will follow. Ugh, sucks.

09-30-10, 01:34 PM
Yeah, no doubt. We had a similar scare in Minnesota a couple years ago, but nothing ever came of it.

10-18-10, 04:25 PM
I got on the other day for a quick game and got the message. What a bunch of shit. For being a blue state, we seem to take the worst of each party and make it law. And it is always wrapped around "for the safety of the children" crap.

El Scorcho
11-12-10, 05:33 PM
full tilt has joined in now

11-13-10, 01:39 AM
That sucks. Hopefully this kind of thing isn't contagious. I'd hate to see more states do something this stupid, especially my own.

12-13-10, 12:23 AM
All states are stupid, but in their own way. WA always elects liberals, but had statewide prohabition before the feds did. We are for gay marriage and abortion because what people do on their own is their own business, but you can only buy booze in a state store, and gambling is a worse crime than drunken driving.

My district rep is on the same page as I am, but too many others are into the nanny state....provided they only infringe on things they disagree with.

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