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Thursday Poker Pros Join Washingtonians toLobby Legislators: Washington State OnlyState Where Online Poker Players AreCriminals
Poker Players Alliance Lobby Day in OlympiaIn Washington, playing poker online is now a felony--like childpornography or heroin possession--making any of the over 800,000Washington residents who can legally play poker in card rooms look likehardened criminals if they play online.Three of the country’s top poker pros will join Washingtonians travelingacross the state to meet with nearly 40 Olympia legislators asking them tooverturn Washington’s draconian ban on online poker.
Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance
Pro Andy Bloch
-- Professional poker player for 15 years with over $4million in tournament winnings and numerous TV appearances, on WorldSeries Of Poker, World Poker Tournament, NBC's Poker After Dark andNational Heads Up Championship shows among others. Bloch was amember and manager of the MIT Blackjack Team, as featured in themovie '21', and used his earnings to attend Harvard Law School.Graduated and passed the MA bar in 1999 but never practiced law.Before poker & law school, earned a BS & MS in electrical engineeringfrom MIT.
-- Referred to as the “first lady of poker”, LindaJohnson taught herself to play the game at an early age. In 1980, after finishing 5th in the WSOP Ladies Seven-Card Stud Tournament, Lindaquit her job to move to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player. In 1997, she became the second woman in history to win a WorldSeries open event. She was honored for her poker accomplishments as apremier inductee into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.