francis101
francis101
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September 11th, 2019 at 11:55:20 PM permalink
As you can already guess, online poker is banned in my state (Washington D.C), and I am dying to play as I have a lot of free time at the moment. What are the risks of playing with a VPN? Can I potentially get in trouble? Can I even cash out my winnings? The VPN I'm using is called Surfshark if that changes anything.
AxelWolf
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September 12th, 2019 at 12:11:50 AM permalink
Quote: francis101

As you can already guess, online poker is banned in my state (Washington D.C), and I am dying to play as I have a lot of free time at the moment. What are the risks of playing with a VPN? Can I potentially get in trouble? Can I even cash out my winnings? The VPN I'm using is called Surfshark if that changes anything.

are you talking about US regulated poker sites? If so, don't do it .

I have to imagine there has to be some non-regulated site that offers poker in your state. If not, I think this question would be better answered on a site like 2+2. I would assume there's hundreds of discussions about this very thing.
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sabre
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September 12th, 2019 at 1:53:30 AM permalink
Washington D.C. isn't a state.
AZDuffman
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September 12th, 2019 at 2:27:00 AM permalink
Quote: francis101

As you can already guess, online poker is banned in my state (Washington D.C), and I am dying to play as I have a lot of free time at the moment. What are the risks of playing with a VPN? Can I potentially get in trouble? Can I even cash out my winnings? The VPN I'm using is called Surfshark if that changes anything.



I doubt you would get in trouble. You might have an issue cashing in winnings if they make an issue of it, which they probably would if they found out as they legally probably have to cut you off. But my guess is it would be like being over 21 and being caught at a raided kegger in college. Cops tell you to get lost while the write up the underage people and whoever held the thing.

As to the VPN, I am not sure how secure that would be. In PA the site I use makes you download some kind of location verification software. My thought is that said software is more sophisticated than just checking your IP. It might check the IP of where you connect, or something else. My network knowledge is not high but I am no beginner either. I also figure that they know people will use VPNs and plan for that.
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