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PPA to Hold Rally to Protest WA State Online Gambling Ban

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Poker and Online Gambling is Not a Crime:
PPA to Hold Rally outside King County Superior Court

Legislation, signed into law by Governor Chris Gregorie, makes the over 800,000 Washington citizens who play poker felons if they play online – on par with child pornography and heroin possession.

Lee Rousso, the Poker Players Alliance’s (PPA) Washington State Director, will present his case to the King Country Superior Court on May 15th, and the PPA will hold a rally and press conference outside the courthouse immediately following the hearing.

Russo is challenging the constitutionality of the law, arguing that it violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, which reserves to Congress the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. Most state attempts to regulate the Internet run afoul of the Commerce Clause, and Washington's law should be no exception.

Top poker stars Andy Bloch and Barry Greenstein will join with Washington State members of the PPA at the rally to show their support for Rousso's efforts to keep poker legal.

Interviews are available.

Lee Rousso, Washington State Director of the PPA
Andy Bloch, Top National Poker Professional
Barry Greenstein, Top National Poker Professional
Local PPA Members

Thursday, May, 15, 2008
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 – 4th Ave. North
Kent, WA 98032

For additional information or to request an interview, please contact Teresa Schofield
202-347-7516 (office), (202)739-1312 (mobile),

About PPA
The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players' rights.


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