Washington state attorney Lee Rousso recently dropped out of the governor’s race, partly because his legal case against Washington’s ban on online poker was starting to make headway The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 15th, and to show its support for Rousso, the Poker Players Alliance has organized a rally for all supporters of online poker to attend.
Washingon’s ban on online poker makes it a class c felony to play poker online. In comparison, a person would have to get 5 DUIs or steal 9 cars to earn a punishment similar to the one meted out for playing online poker. The penalty is also the same as the ones used for people who threaten the governor, torture animals, or possess child pornography. Having online poker as a class c felony seems excessive to most people, including Dino Rossi, who narrowly lost Washington’s last governor’s race to Christine Gregoire, who signed the online poker ban into law.
The rally has already received support from poker players Barry Greenstein and Andy Bloch, both pledging to attend the rally. The rally will take place in Kent, Washington, at the following address:
Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 4th Ave N
Kent, WA, 98032
The rally will take place on May 15th and run from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.