June 3, 2011 by esarsea
Greetings from Washington State – home of 41 Las Vegas-style tribal casinos, countless other non-tribal casinos and card rooms, legal horse race betting, and state administered gambling such as Daily Keno games, Pick 3, Hit 5, Lotto, Mega Millions Lottery, Power Ball Lottery, and scratch tickets ranging in price from $1 to $20 each.
However, don’t get caught playing 5-cent/10-cent stakes poker on the internet. It’s a felony here. That’s right, a felony. Washington State prohibits online poker with laws that are over and above the applicable Federal statues.
Residents can spend unlimited amounts of money on state-operated gambling (on games that are pure luck), but cannot compete in an online game of skill that contains an element of risk.
More accurately, it’s only ok to gamble in Washington State when said gambling generates revenue for the state. I am so tired of the fucking hypocrisy and ignorance here. Washington State laws have nothing to do with the issue of gambling per se. In this case our state laws are little more than cattle guards, fences and barricades designed to heard gamblers and card players to the troughs that feed state coffers.
It’s the equivalent of having state-operated brothels within a jurisdiction that prohibits at-home masturbation under penalty of law.