Washington Online Gambling Laws

Washington isn’t a restrictive state when it comes to land-based gambling, but the local online gambling regulations can be a headache for die-hard iGaming enthusiasts. The state has several Indian casinos, commercial casinos, card rooms and race tracks. Like virtually every other gambling-friendly state, Washington operates its own lottery and allows multiple forms of charitable gambling. The only thing missing from this menu are state-licensed iGaming services.

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Washington gambling regulations are known for being rather unique. According to Section 9 of Washington statutes, players who knowingly transmit or receive gambling information using the internet are committing a felony. Most experts agree that this law extends to online gambling, which means that playing on offshore sites and getting caught is pretty much guaranteed to land you in jail. Consequently, we don’t recommend Washington-based players to engage in real many play over the internet at all.

Washington Online Gambling FAQ

What laws cover online gambling in Washington?

Online gambling is covered by Section 9 of Washington statutes. As mentioned above, playing on offshore sites could be considered a felony, which means that online gamblers based in Washington that a disproportionately huge risk just by trying to enjoy their favorite pastime. Playing for play money rather than cash is the only way to avoid this punishment.

Is real money online gambling legal in Washington?

No. Real money internet gambling is definitely illegal in Washington and is likely to result in severe legal consequences.

Which offshore gambling sites accept Washington residents?

Most offshore sites refuse to accept new customers from Washington, but if you already have an account there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying play money games.

What are the most popular banking options supported by Washington-facing sites?

Most offshore sites support credit card payments and offer bank wire transfer withdrawals, but in our opinion Washington residents shouldn’t risk playing for real money while remaining within the borders of the state, as using the internet to play for real money is considered a felony.

Does Washington offer any intrastate online gambling?

No. Washington doesn’t have a regulated intrastate iGaming market.

Is it likely for Washington to regulate online gambling?

Washington politicians most likely haven’t decided how to tackle this issue yet, which means that the fate of any future Washington iGaming bill would probably be hugely dependent on the amount of states that opt to follow in Nevada’s footsteps.

Washington Gambling Resource

Revised Code of Washington:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/

Washington State Gambling Commission:

http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/

List of Casinos in Washington:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_casinos_in_Washington_(state)

More Legal Resources for Washington Residents

Courts

Washington Courts Home Page
The official website of Washington State Courts. The site includes information on Supreme Court opinions, current events in Washington courts, hearings, court boards and commissions, and access to court forms and directory.

Washington State Court Directories
The website includes contact information for the Washington State Courts and organizations related to Official Court Business.

Washington State Court Opinions
A list of Washington State Court Opinions. The site contains opinions filed within the last 90 days, with a link to access historical Washington case law from 1854 forward.

Washington State Court Rules
The website contains information on and links to details on Washington State court rules as well as local court rules.

Law Enforcement

Washington State Department of Corrections
As a partner with the criminal justice system and communities, the Washington State Department of Corrections enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions of the courts and correctional programs, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington state. The website includes department facts and figures, and information about its facilities and offenders.

Law Libraries/Schools

University of Washington School of Law Library
The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law provides internet legal resources. The resources provide helpful legal information and materials (including laws, bills, court opinions, and related documents) and/or links to legal material.

Washington State Law Library
The Washington State law library is a part of the Supreme Court and provides information to employees in all branches of government as well as the public. The website includes contact information for the library as well as the law library catalogue.

Legislation

Official Washington State Website
Official website of Washington State.

Revised Codes of Washington
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is a collection of Session Laws (enacted by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, or enacted via the initiative process), arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws removed. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts.

Washington Legislative Agencies
A list, with links, of the various Washington State legislative agencies, from the office of the state actuary to the joint committee on veteran’s and military affairs.

Washington State Agencies and Departments
An alphabetical list of the many Washington State agencies and departments with links to each individual department.

Washington State Constitution
Detailed articles and amendments of the Washington State Constitution.

Washington State Governor
Official website of the Washington State Governor, Christine Gregoire. The site includes information on current Washington news, the Governor’s priorities, bill actions and more.

Washington State House of Representatives
Listing of the current 98 members of the Washington State House of Representatives and links to their biographies, bill sponsorships, e-mail addresses, voting records, recent newsletters and press releases.

Washington State Legislature
Official website of the Washington State Legislature. The site provides access to the state Senate and House of Representatives as well as information on legislative committees and agencies, agendas, schedules and calendars.

Washington State Office of the Code Reviser
The primary responsibilities of the Code Reviser are to periodically codify, index, and publish the Revised Code of Washington and to revise, correct, and harmonize the statutes by means of administrative or suggested legislative action as may be appropriate. The website includes revised codes and other information.

Washington State Senate
Website includes a list of Washington state Senators, their biographies, contact information and committee assignments as well as information on Senate administration and the Democratic and Republican party caucuses.

Washington State’s City and County Codes
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington provides a list, with links, to Washington’s city codes including information on the city and code publisher, the municipal code, as well as the city home page.

Other

Office of the Washington State Lieutenant GovernorOfficial website of the office of the Washington State Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen. The site includes information on the office, current news, and photographs and policy.

Public Defender Information

Washington State Attorney General
Official website of the Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson. The website offers a wealth of information about the office and its mission, which includes protecting the consumer, defending state laws, and protecting state citizens.

Public Interest Organizations

Washington State Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises
Website of the Washington State office of minority and women’s business enterprises.