PokerStars Blocks Washington State Residents from Real Money Poker

Matt Affleck 2010 WSOP Main Event

Matt Affleck probably had this same look on his face when he tried logging into PokerStars this morning.

Matt Affleck‘s tweet about an hour ago pretty much says it all:

@mcmattopoker: So fucking tilted over washington player ban from stars. Fml I run so fcking bad

Affleck, who’s made consecutive deep runs in the WSOP Main Event the past two years,¬†including his brutal-to-watch bust out in 15th place this year (our podcast with him afterward¬†here), recently bought a condo in Seattle but may be looking to pack up and leave the state after PokerStars’ announcement today that it has stopped offering real-money poker to residents of Washington State.

Read PokerStars full statement about blocking players here. An FAQ page for Washington State Residents here.

The decision by Stars follows an unanimous ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court on Sept. 23 denying lawyer/poker player Lee Rousso’s challenge to the state’s prohibition on Internet gambling. Rousso has said he will appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

Read the Supreme Court ruling here.

PPA Statement on the ruling here.

PokerStars Statement on Ceasing to Provide Real-Money Poker to Washington State Residents:

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 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.


One Response

  1. ben

    October 2, 2010 10:58 pm, Reply

    it’s pretty brutal to think that all the craptastic cardrooms on aurora avenue have a stronger lobbying presence than major online poker sites

    why play online when you can play 2-8 split limit with a huge rake!! even the asian dealers are ugly :(

    f u washington state

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