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GAMBLING: Online poker could be a revenue source

Letter by William E. Sweet, Gig Harbor on July 22, 2011 at 10:37 am with 5 Comments »
July 22, 2011 2:56 pm

Washington state needs to look at licensing and regulating online poker as a new source of revenue.

Our state is already very pro-gambling – with lotteries, scratch tickets, pull tabs and casinos – yet we strengthen laws that make online poker a Class C felony.

It is fine to play at an Indian casino with none of that revenue going to the state. We need to do away with the criminalization of online poker and turn toward licensing and regulation. This would allow a new flow of revenue into the budget at a time when we are cutting essential services.

Licensing would keep sites legitimate by running background checks, making rules to keep games fair, audits and investigating complaints. This would protect players and people with control problems, and keep out underage players.

Poker is a honorable game of skill that has been played around a family table for generations. It pits one’s experience and knowledge against another’s to see who wins.

If we have to keep accepting cuts in the state budget, then no new forms of revenue should be ignored – including online poker. This industry has the potential to create jobs and bring in an estimated $42 billion over 10 years at state and federal levels.

You should have the freedom to play the game in your own home as a consenting adult making your own choice. We need to restore our personal freedoms while helping out our economy in this trying time.

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  1. Without getting into your philosophy of licensing, I would just say having Washington legalize online poker as you envision it would never work because of all the weird federal laws on the book and all the questions it raises. Could people that live in another state where online poker is legal play on a Washington based poker website? Could someone play if they lived in a state that banned it? These questions are pointless anyways because legalized poker will never happen in this state as the politicians are protecting brick-and-mortar casinos, primarily Indian owned ones.

  2. blakeshouse says:

    I am an online player, and I also buy all the merchandise I possibly can online or at least out of state to prevent this politburo from getting its hands on the tax money. I refuse to play at the Indian casinos here because of the payola to the state, instead save my money for Reno or Vegas. The crooks that keep ending up in Olympia don’t deserve a penny of my money and I do everything within my power to make it happen. Now if I could find a way to buy fuel out of state economically I would be set

  3. “blakeshouse says:
    July 23, 2011 at 6:58 am
    I am an online player, and I also buy all the merchandise I possibly can online or at least out of state to prevent this politburo from getting its hands on the tax money. I refuse to play at the Indian casinos here because of the payola to the state, instead save my money for Reno or Vegas.”

    So….you support the government in Nevada……LOL

  4. blakeshouse says:

    So….you support the government in Nevada……LOL

    I support Nevada’s Govt well before even thinking of supporting the govt in this soviet style satellite. YES

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    Forcing welfare cheats (many of which are drug addicts) off the welfare roles (a debt system) to get jobs where they actually earn their income (an revenue system) and maybe eventually pay some taxes (doubt it) could also be a revenue source for the state and the feds. I know the libs are thinking “But there aren’t any jobs out there.” Answer: YOUR people are running the country.

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