Full Tilt Poker issues in Washington
Full Tilt Poker recently shocked the online poker community of Washington by banning all Washington-based poker players from playing real money poker on the site. This news follows the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling which stated that online gaming was a class C felony in the state of Washington. This law allows for online gamblers in Washington to be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced for a period 5 years; this news was seen as disturbing and unfair by the online poker community because an offence as serious as sexual assault is also a class C felony and draws the same punishment in Washington.
Earlier, news reports also confirmed that PokerStars had also banned all online poker players of Washington from playing on their site. The Washington State Supreme Court took this intensely anti online gaming stand two months ago and PokerStars was the first online poker room to ban all Washington poker players from playing real money poker. Full Tilt Poker has now followed in the footsteps of PokerStars, leaving players with few options.
However, there is a huge difference between the ban imposed by PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. While PokerStars prevents Washington-based online poker players from playing real money poker at their site, Full Tilt Poker permits residents of Washington to play real money poker only when they are out of the borders of the state.
This is one ray of hope for poker players who have to travel to participate in poker tournaments or those who decide to purchase a house in another state. The slight change makes a load of difference for a professional poker player who can simply set up residence in a state that is friendlier to poker players.