Rally Against Washington State’s Draconian Online Poker Law May 15

by Lou on May 13, 2008

Legislation signed into law by Washington’s Governor Chris Gregorie makes felons of anyone playing poker online. The law puts online poker on par with child pornography and heroin possession.

Lee Rousso, the Poker Players Alliance’s (PPA) Washington State Director, presents his case to the King County Superior Court on May 15, and the PPA will hold a rally and press conference outside the courthouse immediately following the hearing. Russo challenges the law’s constitutionality, arguing that it violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, which reserves the right to regulate interstate and international commerce for congress. Most state attempts to regulate the Internet run afoul of the Commerce Clause, and Washington’s law should be no exception.
Poker luminaries Andy Bloch and Barry Greenstein (pictured) will join Washington State members of the PPA at the rally to show their support for Rousso’s efforts to keep poker legal. The rally will be held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 – 4th Ave. North, Kent, WA 98032.
For additional information please contact Teresa Schofield at either of these numbers: 202-347-7516 (office), (202)739-1312 (mobile), or via email at: tschofield@theheraldgroup.com


gtycoon May 14, 2008 at 2:22 am

It’s great that some well known poker players are taking part and maybe that will help get some media coverage for the rally.

Is the Government’s problem more with the funding aspect and not really against poker or am I reading this all wrong? or is the thing with Washington State that they are targeting online poker specifically?

Internet Poker Site May 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Well, it looks like the courts in Washington upheld the previous ruling that playing online poker in the state of Washington is a Class C felony. Unbelievable. It is a bit scary for the freedom of the Internet, when the government can take away individual right so quickly, and a judge would agree with it. Amazing.

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