Washington State Gambling Laws

Posted : admin On 08.03.2021
By Ron Upshaw
July 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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Listings of Indian gambling and bingo casinos in Washington State, includes nearby casino accommodations. Our special agents are commissioned law enforcement officers who attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and receive the same training as other police officers. Many agents are certified fraud examiners and some are certified public accountants. State Laws concerning gambling can be found under RCW Chapter 9.46. State rules concerning gambling can be found under WAC Title 230.

In the past, the state of Washington had some of the harshest anti-gambling laws. When the PASPA ruling back in 2018 occurred, many expected Washington to be one of the last wave of states to legalize sports betting. Now just two years after the May 2018 PASPA ruling, the state of Washington has now legalized sports betting. Washington State Gambling Commission — A statewide agency that oversees gambling licensing, regulation, and enforcement. Food Truck Laws and Regulations.

I’m a poker player. There was a time when you would have to whisper that fact in hushed tones and make sure you watched who you were talking to. That was before the World Series of Poker was televised nationwide on ESPN, and people generally accepted the fact that there is skill involved in the game. That was before there were personal computers in every pocket and very smart people would try and solve the game with algorithms.

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Did you realize that in the state of Washington it is a Class C Felony to play a hand of poker online for real money? Yes, it is a felony to place an online wager in Washington!

Just to give you some context, here is the explanation of misdemeanors from the Washington State Courts webpage: “Examples of gross misdemeanors are theft of property and driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Among the many types of misdemeanors are disorderly conduct and prostitution.”

You got that right. A DUI and prostitution are misdemeanors, while placing a wager online is a felony.

Here’s the thing though, people like to gamble. It’s fun, and it can add a little excitement to a dull day. So I was surprised to read on Geekwire that Muckleshoot Casino is rolling out a new app that has a clever work around this draconian online wagering law.

Here’s how it’s going to work starting in the fall. You download their app to your phone, then physically go to the casino and purchase games with cash money. Then you can leave the casino and play the games anywhere virtually. If you win, you’re winning real money that you collect the next time you’re at the casino.

These won’t be games like poker or roulette, but more like bingo and other games where you’re not playing against the house.

I’m tempted to go on a diatribe on how stupid the state of Washington is for criminalizing an online behavior that is perfectly legal in real life. Instead, I’m going to view this as a positive step.


Hopefully, this will end up in court and the current laws will be thrown out.

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Society is slowly losing its judgments about archaic prohibitions from a bygone era. Attitudes are becoming more liberal around the idea of placing a bet for entertainment. Look no further than the recent Supreme Court decision on sports wagering.

A variation of Texas Hold'em, you are dealt two hole cards, the dealer is dealt two hole cards which remain hidden until the end. Five community cards are dealt (used for dealer and player). The software decides the highest possible hand between the 2 initial cards and the 5. 5dimes live dealer services. 5dimes is an anonymous betting site that encourages users to deposit in bitcoin and has an unbranded selection of live dealer games – this is probably its unique selling point. Consequently, a long operating history and (online player forums) reputation becomes critical in assessing whether such a casino is a safe playing option. 5 Dimes seems to tick these boxes and offers one of the very rare live dealer.

Washington state needs to wake up and realize this is a perfectly acceptable tax revenue stream that is no different than ordering your groceries online instead of going to the brick and mortar store. If people want to use their entertainment budget to play a game, isn’t that their business?

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Kudos to Muckleshoot for moving this issue forward. Now let’s take the next logical step and allow responsible adults to do online all the things they can legally do in a casino.

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О нас The Washington State Gambling Commission, established by the Legislature in 1973, regulates all gambling in Washington except horse racing and the lottery.
Миссия Protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest.
Описание We are a limited jurisdiction law enforcement agency and the only statewide agency devoted to gambling licensing, regulation and enforcement.
The Commission was established by the Legislature in 1973 after a series
of gambling related scandals. We are the second oldest gambling regulatory agency in the nation, and our regulatory investigations are among the most effective in the nation.
Working closely with local, state, federal, Tribal and international law enforcement agencies, we accomplish our Legislative Declaration of keeping the criminal element out of gambling and promoting social welfare through strict regulation and control.
Five citizens are appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, to act as part-time Commissioners, for a single six-year term.
Gambling Special Agents are commissioned law enforcement officers. They attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and receive the same training as other police officers. Many Agents are Certified Fraud Examiners and some are Certified Public Accountants.
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