Weekly Update: Washington State Internet Poker Hearing (02/20/2013)

February 20th, 2013

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

This week, the big news was in Washington state, where the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee held a hearing on H.B. 1824, a bill to decriminalize playing online poker. This bill would take playing online poker from a felony to a civil infraction (a $50 ticket), with the stated intention of bill sponsor Rep. Paul Harris to later remove the penalty altogether.

Five dedicated poker enthusiasts took time out of their busy schedules to testify before the committee regarding the current draconian Washington state law and how it affects them. We at PPA wish to thank all of them for representing the poker community so ably at this hearing!

Considering that this was the initial hearing on this bill, it really could not have gone much better for us. Rep. Harris let everyone know that our testimony, phone calls, and letters to his colleagues in support of the bill are being heard and are paying off.

Committee Chairman Hurst asked Rep. Harris to look at updating the bill now to remove all penalties associated with playing online poker altogether. We are in contact with Rep. Harris’ office and will provide updates as they become available.

I encourage you to take a moment to watch this hearing.


Washington State Bill HB 1824 Hearing


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Proud to play,

Rich Muny



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Bill would relax law on Maine poker tourneys to benefit charities – Portland Press Herald (02/13/2013)

Delaware, Nevada May Team-Up in Online Poker – Poker News Daily (02/14/2013)

Playing Poker in Washington State: No Longer a Felony? – PocketFives (02/14/2013)

Bad Actor Clause, Fee Hikes Could Stall Interstate Online Poker in Nevada – PocketFives (02/14/2013)

US Gaming Survey Panel Confirms in New Article: Legalized Online Poker May Enhance Land-based Casino Play – PRWeb (02/14/2013)

Licenses For Several Michigan Charitable Poker Rooms Suspended – Poker News Daily (02/15/2013)

Las Vegas gearing up for World Series of Poker – KTNV (02/16/2013)

On Poker: Signs point to poker regulation interest, but it is Texas after all – San Antonio Express-News (02/19/2013)

Vegas iGaming Conference To Address Future of Online Poker – PokerFuse (02/18/2013)

Nevada Legislators Consider Changes to Online Poker Law – Poker News Daily (02/19/2013)

Former Full Tilt Poker Owner Chris Ferguson To Settle With United States Government – CardPlayer (02/19/2013)

Playing Poker in Washington State: No Longer a Felony? - PocketFives (02/14/2013)



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