I've submitted a comment to the Gambling Commission requesting a change in the rules. You can do the same through this form
. It doesn't require an act of Congress - it only requires a boring administrative process to be initiated! We can do this!
Currently, Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 230-15-135
restricts the number of wagers per round of betting at four (Section 1(b)) and the maximum size of a wager to $300 (Section 1(c)). As I'm sure you have figured out, this effectively makes NLHE dead in Washington. There's a better poker scene in New Mexico, for God's sake.
So here's the deal: a WAC is established by the appropriate agency, which in this instance is the Gambling Commission. The Revised Code of Washington
(Section 11 at the URL) is how the state Legislature provides the Gambling Commission the authority to set the rules referenced above. But it's the Commission that decides what the rules are, and the Commission can entertain rule changes from the public. The Commission just makes the rules up.
As it happens, I am a Washington state employee. So trust me when I say that being an asshole in these rule change requests won't get you very far. But also know that people are willing to change these rules - they just have to be convinced why it needs to be changed, because without a sufficiently clear reason to change it, there's a tendency to stay with the status quo.
So fellow Washingtonians, please ask them to change the rule! And if you think you've given a fairly good pitch to them, please share it here. Thanks!