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Play now! A law in Washington state that bans online-gaming has come under fire in recent years. The state Supreme Court upheld the law against a legal challenge earlier this year, and now the state is starting to see the detrimental affects the law is having.

Proffesional poker players have been torn between their home and their jobs.  PokerStars pulled out of the state shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, and now Full Tilt Poker, another of the largest online poker sites in the world, has followed suit. That has left professional online gamblers scurrying for a way to keep their job.

Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins has commented on the fact that U.S. lawmakers are underestimating the profit potential of online poker.  They do not understand that millions of Americans have turned to the occupation of playing professional poker after the economic recession. This new law passed by the Washington Supreme Court has the potential to put hundreds of people back into the unemployment lines, and more will soon follow as online poker sites continue to block players in Washington.

Several players who made their living playing online poker as well as online betting from their homes in Washington claimed they are seeking residency in other states. One, who wished to remain anonymous, told CGW, the he can't live in and support a state that does not allow him to make money working a job to feed my family. I feel like I've been laid off by the government.

Margarita Prentice told Gary Wise, in regards to those who are now out of work because of the new law they all those jobless pro poker players can  go pump gas.  Representative Barney Frank, who is pioneering the cause of regulating online gambling in the US was shocked by this statement.  Saying that Wise's intolerance is appaling, but representative of the general attitude that U.S. lawmakers hold.  Therefore Frank is really pushing to see some changes in the online gambling world.


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