Is This Why Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars left Washington State?

Late in 2010 both Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker left the Washington State market.  It was done without warning and both sites blamed a recent Washington State supreme court ruling upholding the state law banning online poker and all other forms of online gambling.

Today a Forbes blogger reported that the Feds were using the UIGEA to enforce the state law.  The industry consensus has always been that that the UIGEA only applied to sports gambling.  Unfortunately Washington State’s law has provided the Feds with an avenue to apply the UIGEA to online poker, at least as it applies to Washington State law.

As the Forbes blogger reported both Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars’ processors have been targeted by the Feds due to processing payments within the state.  This puts both online poker rooms in a difficult position and both decided to leave the state of Washington.  Since no other state has the type of laws that specifically outlaw online poker like Washington State does it would seem that online poker players in all other states are safe, at least for now.

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