Working through the judicial system and through the courts to overturn the Washington State ban on online gambling proved be nothing but a big waste of time and resources. The State didn’t budge on its stance and everyone hoping for a change went home disappointed.
Now the PPA has switched gears and is turning to plan B. John Pappas the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance has suggested the PPA change its strategy towards the Washington State online gambling ban and instead of pursuing change through the courts, he’s pleading for a call to arms for all who oppose the law! Just kidding. Pappas has suggested proponents take to lobbying lawmakers to change the state’s draconian anti-online gambling laws, though I wonder if at any point a call to arms was considered…It is Washington State, pretty much everyone has a shotgun in the back window of their chevy…But of course, as civilized industry professionals, non violence, non violence.
Pappas has accepted that it may be an insurmountable to challenge to get the Supreme Court to both hear the case again and then overturn previous rulings. It’s a pragmatic approach, just reading the court documents its abundantly clear that this battle will not be won outright in the courts, it’s time to take it to the offices.
Individuals are starting to rise up as well, Erik Ladenburg, a resident of Tacoma, Washington has created a Facebook group entitled the “Citizens for the Right to Play Poker in Washington.” Already the group has nearly 800 members, but I have to say, there should be much more.