In the latest announcement from Full Tilt Poker, the second-largest online poker room in the world and one of the few poker rooms that still accepts American players, it is now official that they will no longer allow players in Washington State to play at their poker site. This announcement comes in response to recent legal developments that have made it a felony for any player to play poker in the state of Washington.
This development follows a similar decision by PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, which had already pulled the plug on Washington State player.  Full Tilt Poker has stipulated that Washington residents would no longer be allowed to play in Washington State, but unlike the stipulations made by PokersStars, they will be permitted to play on Full Tilt if they’re outside of the Northwest State. Similarly, residents from jurisdictions other than Washington will not be allowed to play on Full Tilt for real money while they’re in the state. Affected players will be permitted to withdraw their balances from the world’s second largest online poker site.  The policy in Washington is based on laws made in 2006, prior to the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
In an FAQ posted on its website, Full Tilt officials explained, “Due to recent legal developments, Full Tilt Poker has announced it will no longer provide real money games to players located within Washington State.” A law in the Northwest state makes playing online poker a Class C felony. Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Washington State Director Lee Rousso filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statute, but the state’s Supreme Court upheld it in a September decision. Rousso argued that the statute making playing online poker a Class C felony violated the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. However, the Washington State Supreme Court argued that the law affected in-state and out-of-state internet gambling outfits equally and therefore did not trample on the Constitution. Rousso plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Also commenting on Full Tilt’s policy regarding Washington State poker players was Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Board Member Rich Muny, who was recently quoted as saying, “We’re all saddened for players to lose access to a site. It’s important to keep in mind that laws do have consequences and we’re here fighting for our rights at the local and state levels. Players can count on the PPA being in Washington State during the next legislative session to repeal this egregious law.”
The last of the big three poker networks that accept American players that still accept players from Washington State is the Cereus Network, which includes the poker rooms UB and Absolute Poker, however, it is not advised that players residing in Washington look to play at any poker rooms as such actions would constitute a felony if conducted within the state..
For those players who still have tournament tickets and Tournament Dollars on Full Tilt, poker room officials explained the redemption process: “If you have any unused tournament tickets and T$ that you would like to convert to cash prior to withdrawal, please contact wa.state@fulltiltpoker.com. Please note that you must provide proof of Washington State residency.” Full Tilt Points can still be redeemed in the Store and Black Card members can continue to grab items from the Black Card Store. The only caveat for Washington State players is that cash bonuses and tournament tickets won’t be available for purchase.

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