Social poker and other card games are legal under Washington law (Section 9.46.0269 of the Revised State Code), which states that the stipulation for these social or ‘home’ games is that nobody takes a profit from the games, either by raking the pots or selling beverages.
See below for options to play Live Poker in Washington State.
Washington has over 300 poker tables, which is far more than most states and one of the highest table per capita ratios in the entire nation. By way of comparison, Nevada, America’s gambling capital, has 730 poker tables.
However, poker tables don’t sit in mega multi-story casino resorts in Washington. Sure, Washington has a lot of poker tables, but the state doesn’t have many large cardrooms. Most card rooms in Washington State are 3 to 5 table venues that are located in Tribal Casinos, bars or restaurants. Card clubs usually have live poker rooms and sometimes, even house-banked games like blackjack.
Online Poker Laws
Online Poker is illegal in Washington and the penalties for partaking in the practice are the harshest anti-gambling laws in the United States (See section above ‘Online Casinos in Washington’ and for further clarification on the severity of the anti-online gambling laws).
Bill HB 1114 was introduced to the Washington State Legislature firstly in 2015 and then again in 2016 in a concerted effort by lawmakers to administer and regulate legal online poker in the State. However, the bill failed to win a lot of traction on either occasion and it appears the topic of legal online poker has been placed on the legislative backburner for the time being at least. We will advise if there are any developments on the horizon.