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A Public Service Announcement -- Harrison | Main | I'm in the high fidelity first class traveling set [Dave in Texas]
July 30, 2006

Online Gambling Law

In the State of Washington. This is worrisome.

The new law echoes a federal law that already makes Internet gambling illegal and upped the crime to a felony.

I was told about this law yesterday by this fellow, who knows a thing or two about gambling. Some internet poker sites have already revamped to exclude U.S. players.
The Poker Players Alliance is a non-profit Las Vegas-based lobbying group that formed a few months ago with the primary purpose of combating an online betting ban under way in Congress. It is gaining membership and some measure of respect. They keep their members informed on the latest news concerning legislation that affects online poker. If you play poker online they need your support to help with the lobbying efforts to fight the ban on Internet Poker.

Personally, I don't care a whit one way or the other about online gambling. But there's a free speech issue crystallizing at the heart of this thing. The verbiage used by politicians is infuriating and discouraging.
Rick Day, director of the Washington State Gambling Commission, said most people don't need to worry. The state isn't out to get gambling aficionados who blog about casinos or post tips on how to beat the dealer at blackjack, he said.

But he said links or references to online gambling conceivably could spell trouble for Web site owners[emphasis me].

One fellow whose website only reviewed online gambling sites has already shut down. There was never any betting at his site.


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