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Pokerstars retreats from Washington State citing Rousso case ruling

The recent finding in the Washington Supreme Court that went against a constitutional appeal by PPA member Lee Rousso against the state's draconian anti-online gambling laws is causing industry waves. This week the world's largest online poker provider, Pokerstars, announced that it would no longer offer real money poker to residents of Washington state following the court's ruling.

Pokerstars issued a statement explaining its decision as follows:

"PokerStars today announced that it would cease providing real-money poker to residents of Washington State.

"To date, PokerStars has operated in Washington on the basis of legal opinions where the central advice was that the state could not constitutionally regulate Internet poker, or at least could not discriminate in favor of local cardrooms and against online sites.

"Last week, however, the Washington Supreme Court for the first time rejected that position and upheld the state's Internet gaming prohibition.

"In light of this decision, following extensive consultation with our legal advisors, we believe that the right course of action is to now block real money play by Washington residents on the PokerStars site.

"This policy will remain in effect until the law changes or subsequent legal challenges succeed. Our decision to block real money play in Washington does not affect the balance of funds in customer accounts, which remain completely safe. Our payment services team continues to be available to Washington State residents to assist with cashout requests.

"We regret this decision, which will no doubt disappoint our customers in Washington State. However, in all of the jurisdictions where we operate, we are committed to making responsible decisions that are based on a full and considered understanding of the most up-to-date legal advice.

"PokerStars remains supportive of passing sensible Internet poker regulation in the United States that will provide much-needed tax revenues and formalize consumer protections. PokerStars operates under those conditions, complying with rigorous licensing regimes, for its worldwide operations in the Isle of Man (UK), and for local operations in Italy, France and Estonia."

Source: InfoPowa News

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