This case follows a similar lawsuit filed by Cheryl Kater, who sued Big Fish Casino for charging for play-money poker services.
Kater wanted $1,000 back that she spent at Big Fish. And she was successful in recouping her funds through a Washington Courtroom.
New Lawsuit Brings Forth Same Argument Against Washington Play Money Sites
Adrienne Benson, who’s part of the new class-action lawsuit, spent around $1,000 in play money chips at DoubleDown. Here’s an excerpt from Benson:
“Double Down Casino games are illegal gambling games because they are online games at which players wager things of value (the chips) and by an element of chance (e.g., by spinning an online slot machine) are able to obtain additional entertainment and extend gameplay (by winning additional chips.”
Sean Wilson, another plaintiff, is seeking $20 that he spent on High 5, Huuuge, and Playtika. This shows that anybody can go after these poker sites, no matter how little they’ve spent.
Washington Isn’t an Online Poker Friendly State
The play-money sites operating in Washington state don’t seem to be doing anything differently than other US social online poker rooms and casinos. But Washington residents have a good case, because the Evergreen is staunchly against internet poker.
Washington is the only state that makes it a felony to play poker. And while nobody has been arrested for this crime, the felony designation explains everything one needs to know about the poker situation here.
JP Morgan has referred to social online gaming as a $3.8 billion industry. These companies commonly offer free games. But players must pay to add more chips and obtain other special features like badges and new poker backgrounds.
Kater may have started a chain reaction of lawsuits that could be leveled at getting money back from social poker sites.