NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
PPA Heads To Washington State Armed With Important New Poll
May 27, 2022
The Poker Players Alliance, poker’s leading grassroots advocacy group, is off to Olympia, Washington today (5/27) for an important rally against arguably the most extreme anti-online poker legislation in the country, and along with political pundits and poker celebrities, they’ll be bringing with them a new study finding that 4 out of 5 Washingtonians believe the current law is too strict.

Currently online poker players in the state of Washington risk a $10,000 fine and/or up to five years in prison if they are caught playing online poker; a felony equal to being caught with heroin or child pornography.  Not only do over 80% of Washington voters believe this to be overly extreme according to the new study, more than 50% also believe online poker should just be made legal, allowing it to be regulated and taxed appropriately.

Today’s rally, featuring players like Alfonse D’Amato and Washington resident and poker pro Phil Gordon, will take place as Washington PPA member Lee H. Rousso argues in front of the state’s Supreme Court that the current law (RCW 9.46.240), is not just unpopular but is actually in violation of the dormant Commerce Clause, due to its impact on interstate commerce.

People interested in supporting Lee while also giving voice to the majority of the State’s voters, are encouraged to either arrive at the courthouse before 9:00 a.m Thursday morning- in order to get a seat before oral arguments are presented- or to attend the rally immediately afterwards at 10:00, on the North Steps of the State Capital.

For more information, or to watch the rally streamed live, visit the Poker Players Alliance website (www.theppa.org).
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