Beginning next month [June 7th], Washington residents who play poker or make other types of wagers on the Internet will be committing a Class C felony, equivalent under the law to possessing child pornography, threatening the governor or torturing an animal. Although the head of the state Gambling Commission says it is unlikely that individual online gamblers will be targeted for arrest, the new law carries stiff penalties: as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.’
So, poker is equivalent to “child pornography, threatening the governor or torturing an animal” … I always thought that Ed Brayton was a shifty s.o.b.
And if they are not likely to target individual gamblers, who is the law aimed at? The marmots who, after a long day torturing cats, like to unwind with a few hands of Hold Em?