PokerStars Wusses Out - Full Tilt to Follow?
For those of you hiding under a rock, PokerStars announced earlier in the week that they are no longer serving Washington State residents for real money gaming. This came from the WA Supreme Court's decision that the law that bans online gambling was not unconstitutional. They upheld the law and PokerStars decided that it was time to get out.
So many Washington players headed over to Full Tilt to chill out with Ivey and the boys. Well guess what Washington, here is a wakeup from Full Tilt
"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.
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. "
Translated into those that don't speak "beat around the bush", WA players will soon not be able to access real money games on Full Tilt either.
While this serves as a stumbling block for WA players, I see this as a good thing for their case in Tennessee. PokerStars has proven that they have the ability to block WA players, and Full Tilt is looking into that option. It seems to me that they could somehow wiggle their way out that lawsuit.
I do have a long term concern regarding this. Now that a precedent has been set, does that mean that other states, or even the U.S. as a whole could follow? What will happen if legislation fails to get pushed through regarding online gambling and poker? Will they and other sites take the next step and leave the market?
Yes, I realize that is a lot of speculation, but at this point I don't see that outside the realm of possibility. The next 6 to 8 months will be very interesting. (Or two depending on if Full Tilt enacts a WA ban.)