Online Gambling Loses This Poker HandPublished May 16, 2008 by OCR Editor
Lee Rousso's challenge of the gambling ban in his home state of Washington will carry on in spite of setback.
Poker players and the entire online gambling community in the United States were looking forward to this day. Will the court's decision against Lee Rousso's challenge of the online gambling ban take the wind out of their sails?
The fight continues
According to the poker player, attorney and activist Lee Rousso, the answer is a clear No.
True, poker and online gambling of any form will remain illegal under Washington state law; no news from the King County Superior Court judge on that.
But poker did get a fair chance, and the lawsuit is only a first step in what is surely to be a long process. Rousso repeated his intentions, which he shared with Online Casino Reports in an interview earlier this month, that he will go all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Rousso walked out to the Poker Players Alliance members outside the court house after the hearing and said: "There is virtually no public support for this law."
Even though only 70 PPA members, in red shirts and holding up signs in his support, the cause is backed by over a million PPA members, and many more around the nation and the world.
For the meanwhile, online gambling will continue to carry a Class C felony with it, which will have individuals face as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
"Do you really want to throw people in prison who want to play poker?" Rousso asked.
The criminal aspect of playing a game - poker - was also ridiculed by PPA director, Drew Lesofski, who said: "Poker players are not a threat to society."