Full Tilt Poker To Block All Real Money Play Originating From Washington StatePublished on November 12th, 2010 7:35 pm EST
On September 30th, Pokerstars announced that they would immediately discontinue providing real-money poker to residents of Washington State.
At the time, many wondered if Full Tilt Poker (the number two online poker network in the world) would also follow Pokerstars out the door.
Earlier today, Full Tilt announced that they would also be blocking real money play originating from Washington State, effective immediately. It appears as though Full Tilt Poker will be blocking all real money play that originates from Washington State, regardless of whether or not the person is actually a resident of the state. So, if you are a resident of Florida but are visiting someone in Washington State, then you will not be able to play for real money on Full Tilt until you have left the state.
If you live in Washington State but are currently outside of the state, then you are able to still play for real money on the site, according to the Full Tilt Poker "Washington State FAQ".
If you are a resident of Washington State, then I would recommend heading over to the FAQ page if you have any questions about unused Tournament Tickets, Full Tilt Points, etc.
If you are unclear as to what exactly is going on, here is a snippet of Pokerstars' statement from late September regarding their move to block real money play from Washington State:
"30 September 2010 - 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."
No word yet as to whether or not any other US-friendly rooms are also going to block real-money play from Washington State..
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