Full Tilt Follows PokerStars Lead and Pulls Out of Washington

November 18, 2010

About six weeks ago, we reported that PokerStars had made the decision to pull out of the Washington State Market due to the fact that Washington laws cite online gamblers with up to five years in prison plus a fine of $10K, though they have yet to actually accuse or charge anyone with online gambling.

Now because of the same ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that makes Internet gambling a Class C felony, Full Tilt Poker is following suit and will no longer allow Washington state residents to play real money poker on the Full Tilt Poker website, though they will be allowed to play for fun money.

While PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker account for at least 2/3 of online poker traffic, they supply a vast majority of US players with Internet poker services, along with only five additional poker clubs or networks allowing US players, Full Tilt’s policy regarding Washington players varies from that of PokerStars. Unlike PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker will allow residents of Washington to play real money poker if they have traveled beyond the state’s borders. This will make it possible for professional players residing in Washington to play online at Full Tilt when they are traveling to tournaments. Also, they will be able to maintain a Washington residence while setting up their business in Oregon, British Colombia, etc. in order to participate in online poker.


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