Poker Stars announced today that they would no longer accept players from Washington State. It is a class C felony to play online poker in Washington State. Poker Stars long held the position “…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.”
Players in Washington State need to be concerned that more online poker rooms could follow their lead and end up in the situation players in Kentucky are in. Although Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet, Merge Gaming and Cake Poker accept all other U.S. players Kentucky residents are banned from playing at those rooms. This type of prohibition might just be the spark needed to move ahead with online poker regulation.