Bill Would Make It No Longer A Felony To Play Online Poker In The State Of Washington
Plan Calls For A Penalty Reduction For Playing For 'Recreational Purposes'
Long before Black Friday kicked out the major offshore poker sites operating within the United States, the state of Washington enacted a prohibition on Internet gambling. Years later, a new bill would reduce the penalties for those who play for “recreational purposes.”
Recreation is defined by the legislation as “solely for the defendant’s own enjoyment and not as part of an enterprise that derives income from operating an Internet [gambling] web site.”
It would no longer be a class C felony to play online poker, but instead a “class 3 civil infraction” — which carries a maximum monetary penalty of $50.
The law on the books now allows those caught to potentially be sent to prison.
House Bill No. 1824 was read for the first time on Monday and referred to the Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight. It has eight sponsors.
In the years since, efforts have popped up around the country to legalize gaming on the Internet. The state of Washington is obviously not one of them. It would seem reasonable to think that Washington, with 6.9 million people, would opt-out of a nationwide online poker network, should the federal government ever authorize the activity.
The state has limited commercial brick-and-mortar gambling, including card rooms.
|1||HoF Nominees Trade Barbs Over $1.8M Prop Bet|
|2||2014 WSOP Main Event ESPN TV Schedule|
|3||Phil Ivey Gives Interview To 60 Minutes|
|4||Slot Machine Jackpot Saves Man From Police|
|5||Ivey's Jeter Tweet Appears On SportsCenter|
|6||Polk Comes Out On Right Side Of Massive Cooler|
|7||Part Two - Poker Bot: 'A Nuclear Weapon For Poker'|
|8||Casino Giant Sues Portis Over Gambling Debt|
|9||Court Sides With Gambler In Wynn Debt Case|
|10||Revel Bought For $110M, Could Re-Open As Casino|
|1||WATCH: Crazy $1M Poker Cash Game Hand|
|2||Championship Poker Bot: 'Nuclear Weapon For Poker'|
|3||Dan Colman Wins SHRPO $10 Million Gtd. Main Event|
|4||HoF Nominees Trade Barbs Over $1.8M Prop Bet|
|5||De Wolfe Accused Of Cheating In Poker Game|
|6||Cops: Homeless Woman Killed WSOP Dealer|
|7||Gambler Loses 15-Team Parlay On Last Game|
|8||'Underground Poker' Airs On Discovery Channel|
|9||Angry Man Drives Pickup Truck Into Vegas Casino|
|10||Waitress: Mayweather Tipped $0 On $25K Tab|