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Appeals court says no to online poker

24 March 2009

RENTON, Washington -- As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "A Renton lawyer's campaign to make Washington state safe for Internet poker players lost again on Monday.

"A state appeals court rejected Lee Rousso's arguments that a 2006 law that forbids Internet gambling in the state violates the clause of the U.S. Constitution that gives the federal government the right to regulate interstate commerce.

"Last May, a King County Superior Court judge also ruled against Rousso on a day that 70 online poker players rallied outside the courthouse.

"The unanimous decision by three judges of division I of the appeals court says that Rousso would have to show that policing Internet poker imposes excessive burdens and not worth the state's commitment to regulating gaming..."

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