Marijuana use and online poker define DJ's radio rant

Daniel Smyth in Poker News 27 Oct 2014
Dori Monson slams US online poker laws. (credit:KIRO-FM)

Online poker and marijuana use in Washington became the subject of an emotional discussion involving a radio DJ recently.

According to KIRO-FM host, Dori Monson, his inability to play online poker in Washington is hypocritical. The passionate DJ recently discussed the issue of online poker after the issue of the state's legalisation of cannabis use cropped up. Although Monson wasn't directly criticising the decision to allow marijuana use in Washington state, he was keen to point out that if such laws are being enacted then so to should those allowing online poker.

Calling the legal discrepancy "insane", Monson stated: 

"You've got the state government telling us they have to raise our taxes, they need more of our money. Yet, because we have certain politicians who got bought and paid for by other gambling interest who wanted to protect their monopoly, suddenly I'm a felon if I want to play (for) free, or for five, ten, 25 cents a hand Texas Hold’em (online) in our state."

The issue of online poker had been spurred by the appearance of Curtis Woodard on Monson's show. Woodard is a poker player and the founder of the Washington Internet Poker Initiative and appeared on the show to discuss the current issues facing enthusiasts in the state. 

Through his work with the Washington Poker Initiative, Woodard is hoping to sway both public and political opinion when it comes to the Internet poker, and, according to his website, there is "every reason to be confident that we will get a bill introduced in the next legislative session."

Although Woodard's two-tiered proposal - namely that Indian tribes are allowed to launch full gambling services while major operators must only offer poker services within the state - is unlikely to be adopted, the push for change is certainly a step in the right direction. 

Indeed, while the timeline for regulation might be slightly longer than Woodward expects, it does seem to be the case that more states are now seeing the benefits of the a legalised online poker market. 


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