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Washington is an unusual state in that, in addition to the standard Indian casinos located throughout the state, it explicitly allows card-based gambling of both a player-banked and house-banked nature and has done so since 1997. Individual cities or counties may choose to regulate or ban card gambling, but the state explicitly allows it and licenses it, so unless a local jurisdiction bans it, it is legal. Note that only gambling with cards is legal in Washington; gambling with dice or roulette wheels or slot machines is still banned (except for Indian casinos). Also, card gambling is only legal if it is hosted in a restaurant or bar, since the law specifies the card games must be used to promote food sales.

Accordingly, hundreds of card rooms commonly called mini-casinos have sprung up around the state. Catering to local residents and not tourists, these casinos tend to be pleasant places to play cards without necessarily being flashy or breathtaking. There are so many of these mini-casinos that they generally have a limited drawing area (why would someone drive 30 miles to a mini-casino if there's one five miles away?). Certain cities (notably Seattle) have banned mini-casinos and cardrooms altogether. Indeed, the jurisdictional dispute between cities and counties and the state licensing board led to legislation to work out who would be in charge of licensing new card rooms in 2000.

Despite its legality, not all of the mini-casinos offer true poker. All of them offer blackjack (including variants thereof, such as Spanish 21 or Lucky Ladies Blackjack), and most offer Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, and the like. But only about half of the mini-casinos in the state spread poker itself.

This still provides the states with a multitude of poker rooms. State law prohibits mini-casinos from having more than 15 gaming tables, so most mini-casinos spread that number around between blackjack and other house-banked games and poker. No mini-casino has more than 5 or 6 tables of poker.

Local jurisdictions may establish individual limits on wagers, and many do, leading even mini-casinos which offer poker to offer only fixed-limit poker, sometimes with odd limit structures such as 15/25 (in a jurisdiction which only allows up to $25 per wager). Due to the small nature of mini-casinos and the fact that their targeted clientele is locals just out to gamble a bit and have fun, nearly all mini-casinos offer only low limit poker ranging from $2/$4 up to $4/$8. Indian casinos in the state generally offer a wider range of options, including no-limit hold 'em (actually no-limit spread-limit hold 'em as Washington has a $500 max bet law) and high-limits such as 20/40.

Note that all casinos listed below offer poker in addition to blackjack and other house-banked card games such as Let It Ride and Four-Card Poker. Casinos marked with the slot reels are full Indian casinos with slot machines and craps in addition to blackjack and poker, and possibly including roulette, keno, baccarat, etc.

All casinos except for Indian casinos are non-smoking due to the passage of a state law in the early 2000's.

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Seattle Area (within 20 miles)
Size Rating City Casino Name & Link Games Other
S - Seattle Roxbury Lanes L
S 2chip Seattle Rascals Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
- - Seattle Roxy's Casino L
- - Seattle Skyway Park Bowl and Casino L
- - Burien Wizards Casino L
- - Des Moines Midway Casino L
- - Kenmore Kenmore Lanes Casino L
- - Kirkland Casino Caribbean L (web)
- - Mountlake Terrace Crazy Moose Casino L
- - Mountlake Terrace Red Dragon Casino L (web)
- - Renton Cascade Lanes L
M - Renton Diamond Lil's L O8
- - Renton Freddie's Club L
- - Renton Roman Casino L
S 2chip Seatac Northstar Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 2chip Seatac Silver Dollar Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 2chip Shoreline Club Hollywood Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 2chip Shoreline Drift On Inn Roadhouse L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 2chip Shoreline Goldie's Shoreline Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 2chip Shoreline Parkers Casino L Nosmoking Jackpot
S 3chip Suquamish (6 mi NW) Clearwater Casino Resort L Smoking Jackpot Slots (web)
S 2chip Tukwila Golden Nugget L Nosmoking Jackpot
S - Tukwila Riverside Casino L
Other Washington
Size Rating City Casino Name & Link Games Other
- - Airway Heights (near Spokane) Northern Quest Casino L 7 O8
- - Anacortes Swinomish Northern Lights Casino L
- - Arlington Chrome Cafe and Card Room L O O8 7H
- - Auburn Iron Horse Casino Auburn L
M - Auburn Muckleshoot L S 7 O O8 Smoking (web)
- - Bellingham Slo Pitch Pub & Casino L
- - Bremerton Bremerton Lanes Casino L
- - Bremerton Chips Casino L
- - Chehalis Classic Island Casino L (web)
- - Deming Nooksack River Casino L NS O8
- 5chip East Wenatchee CLEARWATER POKER ROOM L (web)
- 5chip Ellensburg WILD GOOSE CASINO L (web)
S - Everett Big Apple Casino L (web)
- - Everett The Club Casino L
- - Everett Final Table Casino L O8
S - Everett Great American Casino L (web)
- - Everett Iron Horse Casino Everett L
- - Everett JR's Sports Bar & Poker Room L
- - Everett New Grove Cardroom L O8 (web)
- - Everett Royal Casino L
- - Federal Way P.J. Pockets Casino L
- - Kennewick Cleo's Island Casino L
S - Kent Great American Casino L (web)
S 2chip Kingston The Point Casino L Smoking Jackpot Slots (web)
- - La Center Chips Casino L
- - La Center Last Frontier L
- - Lacey Hawk's Prairie Casino L 7
- - Lake Stevens Highway 9 Casino L (web)
- - Lakewood Chips Casino L
- - Lakewood Happy Days Casino L
- - Lakewood Macau Casino L
- - Lakewood Paradise Poker Room at Bowlero L
- - Lakewood Torch Lite Cardroom L O8
- - Longview Cadillac Island Casino L
- - Ocean Shores Quinalt Beach Resort & Casino L
- - Olympia Red Wind Casino L
- - Pasco Crazy Moose Casino L
- 5chip Pullman Mr. Z's Casino L (web)
- - Rochester Lucky Eagle Casino L
- - Rustin Point Defiance Casino L
- - Shelton Little Creek Casino L (web)
- - Spokane Classic Rock Casino L (web)
- - Spokane Players and Spectators L (web)
- - Tacoma Rising Dragon Casino L O8
M 4chip Tulalip Tulalip Casino L NS O8 H Nosmoking Slots (web)
- - Toppenish Yakama Nation Legends L 7H O8
- - Yakima Casino Caribbean L (web)
- 3chip Yakima NOB HILL CASINO

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- 5chip (various) Your Home Town Casinos L (web)
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