Washington’s recent ban on internet poker has left poker professionals in the state high and dry as they look for a way to balance the game they love with the place they call home.
The emotional state of Dan “Wretchy” Martin, who bagged more than $160,000 in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, lived up to his nickname, as he was pretty torn up about the prospect of having to leave his Seattle home to keep up his winning streak.
“This law has forced me to change my life 100 percent,” he said to ESPN. “Where I live, my relationships… It’s almost like getting fired from your job, where you have to go relocate somewhere else.”
Enterprising poker pro Phil Gordon, however, has found a way to hang tough in the Evergreen State without giving up the game.
“I do not play online poker from the state of Washington,” he told the source. “I live literally 50 yards from the Idaho border, so when I want to go play, I go to the office I have set up in Idaho and play.”