“Friday, July 6, 2007, marks the opening day of the Main Event at the World Series of Poker, the world’s richest and most prestigious competitive event. Many of the competitors in the WSOP will be from Washington and most of the Washington entrants will have qualified on the internet, thereby committing a felony under this state’s internet poker ban (or, more broadly, as discussed in the Complaint, internet gambling ban) in order to win a chance at poker immortality.
Accordingly, Lee Rousso, a Renton lawyer, has chosen this day to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Washington’s internet gambling law. The primary basis for this challenge is that Washington’s law violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, which reserves to Congress the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. Most state attempts to regulate the internet run afoul of the Commerce Clause, and Washington’s law, which was passed to protect the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos from otherwise legal out-of-state competition, should be no exception.”