Is Full Tilt the next to leave Washington?

5 October 2010
Last week, PokerStars announced that it would no longer allow residents of the state of Washington to play real-money games on its site. Full Tilt Poker, the world's second-largest Internet poker site, may soon be following PokerStars' lead.
Full Tilt, designed and played by professional players Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Phil Ivey, among others, has remained relatively quiet on the subject. But a customer service response to an inquiry by Casino City suggests that Full Tilt may be considering a withdrawal from Washington.
"In light of recent legal events, Full Tilt Poker notifies all of its players from Washington State that we are closely monitoring and have been assessing the recent legal developments that have occurred in Washington along with our advisors," wrote Lara from the Full Tilt Poker support team. "While the option to play real-money poker games of skill is still available on Full Tilt Poker, we will have further information about the status of real-money play by Washington residents in the near future."
PokerStars' decision to ban players from Washington came a week after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that a state law making Internet gambling a Class C felony was constitutional.
No other Internet poker rooms or networks that operate in the United States were able to immediately respond to a request for comment. Casino City will continue to monitor the situation in Washington and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Aaron Todd

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Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.