Washington State's ban on internet gambling may be keeping people who don't live in Washington from playing too.
The poker blog Part Time Poker posted a blurb today about at least one smart phone user user of the site Rush Poker who says he's being blocked from playing because his IP address is coming up as being from Washington, even though he lives elsewhere.
He tried to register and received this reply.
Due to recent legislation changes in Washington State, some players in the surrounding areas have been affected by service restriction.
This is due to the Geo-IP currently in use by your Internet Service Provider. Your Geo-IP holds the information that determines where our gaming platform will define as your geographical location and unfortunately your current Geo-IP is being identified as Washington State.
Your Geo-IP address is assigned solely by your Internet Service Provider and only they have the authority to modify this.
We understand that this is very inconvenient but unfortunately Full Tilt Poker have no control over your advertised Geo-IP.
As such; we strongly suggest contacting your Internet Service Provider and requesting that your Geo-IP be changed to reflect your true location. If this is not possible, the only other suggestion we can offer would be contacting an alternative Internet Service Provider.
It's unclear how widespread the problem is, but considering that it's not uncommon to see IP addresses register a user as being hundreds of miles from where they actually are, it's likely an occurrence we'll see more of.
So, on behalf of Washington: sorry, rest of the nation. We suck.