Washington State 2006 Internet Gambling Law

Internet gambling is illegal under Washington law. Enforcement efforts by Washington State authorities generally focus on commercial Internet gambling activities, such as gambling sites and service providers in Washington. In response to the increased participation in illegal Internet gambling activities in Washington State, the Washington State legislature reinforced Washington State's existing statutory prohibition against Internet gambling. The Washington State Internet Gambling Law was passed during the 2006 legislative session, and became effective on June 7, 2006. Pursuant to this law, an individual or entity that intentionally transmits or receives gambling information via the Internet in Washington State is guilty of a Class C felony-up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. This article addresses the following questions: What are the penalties levied under the Washington State Internet Gambling Law? Is playing online poker illegal in Washington? How is a “Class C felony” defined in Washington State? How is gambling information treated under Washington State law? And, Does the new law affect the purchase of online lottery tickets in Washington State?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the penalties levied under the Washington State Internet Gambling Law?
Is playing online poker illegal in Washington?
How is a “Class C felony” defined in Washington State?
How is gambling information treated under Washington State law?
Does the new law affect the purchase of online lottery tickets in Washington State?

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