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Curtis Woodard’s Proposal For Online Poker Washington

shutterstock_123856906Curtis Woodard, a poker player in the state of Washington, has launched a bid to get poker back onto the state’s legislative bill, so players in the state can once again ply their trade online.

Right now the State of Washington is the only state to have written up laws that deem playing online poker as illegal and therefore a felony in the eyes of state law enforcement officials. In Woodard, obviously disgruntled, has premeditated two ballot initiatives in order to reverse this law or at least soften the legal boundaries connected to online poker.

The Washington State Internet Poker Act is something Woodard hopes to push through to state politicians, who recently rejected a similar proposal with a very small minority supporting any change to the state’s current legislative on the subject.

In 2006 the state of Washington issued the anti-online poker laws that were supposed to be in line with the rest of USA’s crackdown on online poker. This was allegedly to protect citizens from fraudulent poker websites, but Woodard and his supporting group are fed up with the law in lieu of what looks like the reopening of online poker in the US as the State of Nevada thrash out terms after being awarded the right to host online poker sites. This means the Nevada Gaming Commission will include interstate deals, so other states can use the Nevada service to provide their citizens the right to play poker online.

With this on the horizon Woodard and his supporters have put forward a second initiative namely the “The Internet Poker Player Decriminalization Act (IPPDA) of 2014”, which should eradicate any conditions preventing Washington State players from being able to play poker online. With what has happened in Nevada, he and his supporters should be able use this as part of their case as evidence that the rest of the US is beginning loosen up on the once strict online poker laws.

Currently the proposal’s language is being modified and this will mean that the Washington Gambling Commission will still have control over how online poker will be regulated, so not taking any power away from the state, which seems quite reasonable. The new initiatives text actually states that as long as online poker is played according to the regulations, then it is thereby deemed a legal activity.

From here on, Woodard now hopes to collect a total of three hundred thousand signatures from the public that pledges their support for the initiatives, which will then be pushed through in the 2014 general elections. This is an extremely clever way to push the bill though and is not an uncommon tactic as it would mean the election candidate that supports the initiatives is possibly gaining three hundred thousand votes towards their election campaign.



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