By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Gaming Attorney & Certified Anti-Money Laundering SpecialistFollow @cduhaime
Grannies in the State of Washington are lobbying the Washington Gambling Commission for permission to continue to be able to play poker for money at a local seniors centre. In December of last year, the Washington Gambling Commission shut down poker games for money at the Snohomish Senior Centre because it's illegal under Washington's gambling laws.
The Snohomish Senior Centre had organized poker games since 2009 and was unaware that it needed to be registered to do. Seniors Cenres are arguing that they should be exempt from the gaming registration requirements in the state because of what they argue is the so-called social benefits to seniors of illegal gambling, namely the opportunity to socialize with each other regularly.
Seniors at the Snohomish Senior Centre have continued to gamble on the premises despite warnings from the Washington Gambling Commission to cease doing so.