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Old 02-02-2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Playing online in the state of Washingon

I play on Juicy Stakes Poker about 6.5 days a week and I noticed that there is a player that is almost always in the same tournaments as I. We are at the same final table so often that I joked with my wife that he is stalking me. I got curious about him and decided to do a search.

I looked up his city and found out that he plays in a pub league in the state of Washington. I'm not sure what I should do with this information.

Should I send a note to that pub league (or to him directly) warning him/them that playing online is illegal? I read recently that no one has been arrested under that law, but it's not a chance that I would take.

I'm also writing this to make sure that what he's doing is illegal in Washington. Is that still the case?

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Old 02-06-2018, 01:24 PM   #2
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Re: Playing online in the state of Washingon

PC, I live in WA. Still a felony to play online poker. True, no cases in court afaik but I do not take the risk (too much to lose).

Do nothing with regard to villain. You are not his "guardian angel". And....as you said.... it is not a risk you (or I) would take...but apparently one that villain is comfortable taking. He may be much younger than you or I.... but let him live his own life, learning during the process.
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:21 AM   #3
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PC, I live in WA. Still a felony to play online poker. True, no cases in court afaik but I do not take the risk (too much to lose).

Do nothing with regard to villain. You are not his "guardian angel". And....as you said.... it is not a risk you (or I) would take...but apparently one that villain is comfortable taking. He may be much younger than you or I.... but let him live his own life, learning during the process.
My main concern, especially if he is younger and his only live poker contacts are pub league players, is that he does not know that what he is doing is illegal. I don't want to "out" anyone or tell him what to do, even though he was once again at my final table last night and sitting on my left. We both cashed, mine was higher. Maybe I could send an informational note to his pub league without naming anyone, and individual members of the league can do whatever they want with the information.
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Old 02-07-2018, 02:28 PM   #4
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Re: Playing online in the state of Washingon

If it were me, I would let it go.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:59 AM   #5
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If it were me, I would let it go.
The more I think about it, you're probably right.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:20 PM   #6
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Re: Playing online in the state of Washingon

Many players from Washington State still avail themselves of the black market sites still serving this state, in spite of the felony prohibition.

It is unlikely this player is unaware of the law, but it is even more unlikely this player would ever be charged with a crime.

It is important to the cause of legalization that people flout the current prohibition. It demonstrates that there is a market and that prohibition is ineffective.
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