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Tag: online poker


GAMBLING: Current law is flawed, unenforceable

Re: “Online betting is a losing game for our state and our nation” (editorial, 8-2).

I am disappointed that, in writing an editorial on online gaming, you failed to check your facts.

First, current federal proposals to license online gaming, limited to poker, clearly give states full authority to decide whether they give their citizens the freedom to play poker online. This would in no way overturn Washington’s existing law – unless state lawmakers chose to do so.

Second, legislation pending in Congress would in fact strengthen, not repeal, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. In fact, HR

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GAMBLING: Online poker could be a revenue source

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.

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