The state of Washington currently has online gambling as a C-class felony that carries penalties that are similar to those that can be imposed against those who commit serious criminal offences. Senator Paul Harris has submitted a bill that will seek to have the penalty reduced to a fine of $50.Many others senators believe the bill should do more and actually decriminalizing online gambling within the of Washington state.
Upon several the hearings, which lasted several days the bill was rejected by the government accountability and oversight on committee. Senator Harris stated that there were members on the committee who had a number of issues relating to the clarity of the bill and further requested that a number of changes be made. Due to this the bill will have to wait until next year before going in front of the committee again once the changes have been completed.
The Poker Players Alliance, which supported the Harris bill, sees this as a successful attempt and will continue to help once the bill is submitted next year in 2014.
Daniel Negreanu, a world renowned World Series Poker player and member of Team PokerStars announced he is issuing a challenge for all poker players to help him raise $100,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helps those children who are suffering from all types of cancer and operates as a non-profit hospital.
Daniel Negreanu is hoping his fellow poker buddies will all chip in to help meet and exceed his goal of $100,000. Daniel, for his part, will match all donations up to $50,000. This is a great challenge to see coming from such a high profile player and to date more than $170,000 has been raised with more donations rolling in.
Those people who make a single donation of $2500 or more will be entered into a draw that will see four lucky people spend an evening with Daniel at his private home for a dinner, meet and greet and some tips on the game they love. It is Daniel’s hope that a few other pro’s will join in on the evening and share in the positive energy that will come from such an event.
Those wishing to contribute can visit Daniel Negreanu page at St Judes to make a donation.