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Washington Supreme Court upholds poker law

The Washington Supreme Court last month upheld a state law that makes it a felony to play poker or gamble online.

The Poker Players Alliance, a grassroots organization that represents over 20,000 poker players, criticized the decision, saying that the judges ignored evidence the group presented as a friend of the court that the law was never intended to apply to Internet poker. The group’s chairman, former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato, said the group would continue to fight the law and will try to persuade lawmakers to change it. D’Amato cited a poll that said that 80 percent of the state’s residents oppose the law.

The defendant in the case, Lee Rousso, also promised to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.