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Bet on the NFL Bad news for Washington state, as poker players can no longer participate in Full Tilt Poker. It was a little longer than expected, but nonetheless, completely expected. On Friday, Full Tilt Poker, the second-largest online poker site in the United States, announced that they will no longer be able to take on poker gamers who are based out of the state of Washington.  So it looks like poker players are faced with a tough decision, move or find a new hobby, or for some, a new job. 


Two sites are discussing the technical legalities behind the new law differently. PokerStars announced that they will not let any players who have a Washington address compete on their site, period. Full Tilt on the other hand, took a different approach and said that nobody can play within Washington, but if Washington residents travel outside the state, they are eligible to play.  To help sort out the confusion for Washington residents, both sites offer FAQs for players to read through and understand their polices. Both sites are determined to do whatever possible to remedy the situation. It is recommended that players join the Poker Players Alliance as a great first step for all everyone.


Those on the inside of the Industry have suggested that the next few weeks will be pivotal in the fight for legalized and regulated online poker and with the dramatic change in politicians in Washington after last week's elections. Starting in the New Year it is looking to be a major uphill battle for poker supporters around the U.S. 


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