Washington state sucks for poker

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So I live in Washington state and anytime I try to download a major poker site like pokerstars or ignition or 888 it tells me that I can't even join because of where my geological placement is so what I was wondering is if anyone knew any great sites that I could play on.where I don't have to join a club or go through any loopholes.
 
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Washington State has criminalized all forms of online gambling, whether real money or play money. I wouldn't advise trying to work around it. It is a Class C Felony in your state.
 
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WA is an odd one because they actually criminalize online poker but they've never enforced it. Have you tried other sites such as Carbon, Sportsbetting, or Black Chip?
Not yet?
 
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I would not try it mate. Not worth the price. It wrong in my opinion but again its not worth it.
 
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Maybe Washington as a state is bad, but if you live in Poland you Can't even play with few friends cause gov treat you like a criminal 😢
 
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Since travelling to canada or mexico might not be an option, maybe you can travel to Nevada or Jersey for more choices. Just a thought.
 
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There are quite a few places to play live though... Ilani outside Vancouver, Muckleshoot outside Seattle, Aces in Spokane just to name a few. Also a ton of rooms in Portland, like Portland Meadows. GL
 
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The Native American own casinos in Washington are the reason online gambling is illegal there. While it is a felony, there are no records of any individuals being charged for illegal online gambling. Supposedly BetOnline will let you play. But if you do use bitcoin only and use a VPN to make it hard for them to detect. A felony is a felony and you don't want to be the first person charged with it. It will change your life forever if you are.
 
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Unfortunately most of the US is like that with the poker scene. I know my game has suffered quite a bit from the whole Black Friday situation as I am practically a newbie again and really did not start to get back into the game since the whole covid thing. But it isnt as bad as Washington State. As Tammy has said I would not work around it since it is a felony. But if you are really serious and want to play, I may suggest moving to a new state, or if the border ever opens again, then to Canada or Mexico. I have to admit I am thinking of leaving the states too but thats a different topic altogether.
 
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I imagine how the situation must be in that place, not even in my country everyone is alarmed by what is coming in the new elections this year and we are going through bad times

 
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So I live in Washington state and anytime I try to download a major poker site like PokerStars or ignition or 888 it tells me that I can't even join because of where my geological placement is so what I was wondering is if anyone knew any great sites that I could play on.where I don't have to join a club or go through any loopholes.


I feel your pain. I also live in Washington State. As such, I focus on live play (until everything closed down of course), and use online games for practice.

I have convinced myself that freerolls are not illegal. My rationale is that by playing a freeroll we are not "putting anything at risk" to play. If we are not risking anything, then we cannot be gambling.

We can play at NLOP for free and still win cash (do not pay for the "VIP subscription" or you will cross the line into "paying"). You can open an account at Betonline and at America's Cardroom and you can play in the Cardschat freerolls (and some other sponsored freerolls as well). If you win at NLOP, you can easily cash out. If you win at BOL or ACR, you will have to jump through some hoops before you can cash out.

Good luck and God bless.
 
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You cant even play a home game on stars in WA. I think a federal solution is the only way WA gets legal poker.

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I feel your pain. I also live in Washington State. As such, I focus on live play (until everything closed down of course), and use online games for practice.

I have convinced myself that Freerolls are not illegal. My rationale is that by playing a freeroll we are not "putting anything at risk" to play. If we are not risking anything, then we cannot be gambling.

We can play at NLOP for free and still win cash (do not pay for the "VIP subscription" or you will cross the line into "paying"). You can open an account with online poker sites and you can play in the Cardschat freerolls (and some other sponsored freerolls as well). If you win at NLOP, you can easily cash out. If you win at some sites, you will have to jump through some hoops before you can cash out.

Good luck and God bless.
But they are. Even play money online gambling is illegal in WA.
 
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Washington State has criminalized all forms of online gambling, whether real money or play money. I wouldn't advise trying to work around it. It is a Class C Felony in your state.
how can play money be considered gambling?
I'm not advising anyone to break any laws in any state but how many of us continued to play poker after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 ? or after the crackdown in 2011 (black friday) ?
JMO;)
You cant even play a home game on stars in WA. I think a federal solution is the only way WA gets legal poker.

Go Zags!
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I really do not see how "play money" can be considered gambling. In order to gamble, you must put something of value at risk. Is playing Monopoly then gambling with play money?


Either way, the laws here are archaic and inconsistent. I can't play online poker for a quarter, but I can go to 10 casinos within 15 miles of my house and lose my life savings. I can't play poker, but I can buy marijuana at 10 places within 10 miles of my house. If I was a heroin user, they would even give me a place to do drugs with immunity. I can't play poker but the governor can release 1000's of convicted criminals from prison. I can't play poker but Seattle can allow massive looting/vandalism/arson and assault with little to no repercussions. It sure is a good thing the state is protecting us from those evil poker players.

Didn't mean to get all political on us here, but the inconsistency in policy and execution of current laws is absurd.

Good luck and God bless.
 
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yes because they worried about scams sorry they do for ur benifint
 
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I really do not see how "play money" can be considered gambling. In order to gamble, you must put something of value at risk. Is playing Monopoly then gambling with play money?


Either way, the laws here are archaic and inconsistent. I can't play online poker for a quarter, but I can go to 10 casinos within 15 miles of my house and lose my life savings. I can't play poker, but I can buy marijuana at 10 places within 10 miles of my house. If I was a heroin user, they would even give me a place to do drugs with immunity. I can't play poker but the governor can release 1000's of convicted criminals from prison. I can't play poker but Seattle can allow massive looting/vandalism/arson and assault with little to no repercussions. It sure is a good thing the state is protecting us from those evil poker players.

Didn't mean to get all political on us here, but the inconsistency in policy and execution of current laws is absurd.

Good luck and God bless.

Go to jail for playing poker ...))) ... on the Internet ...))) ... for chips that have no value.))). This is really absurd. Then let Dota be banned too.
 
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