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The race for more online poker legislation on American soil has become one of, hurry up and wait, for states that haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon. The recent launch of the real money internet poker business in Nevada and New Jersey’s passing of its own internet rules and regulations with Delaware is also fast approaching a launch. There are ten other states pondering the inclusion of online poker in their agendas so it’s no wonder California is finally settling one of its biggest issues.
Californian poker players have been attempting to resolve the opposition they received from Indian tribes in Sacramento. Now representatives from Sacramento’s most successful tribes have met in order to put together a proposal to legalize online poker. These casino operating tribes have come to understand they must move on the idea or lose the momentum there to pass such legislation.
In Canada there is already a tribal online casino that has been operational for some time and tribes in California are starting to feel left out and concerned other jurisdictions in the States will get all the business.
Mark Macarro, Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians commented on the current situation, Tribes are primed right now to begin moving it, to begin working with state legislators to see something to fruition.”
A lobbyist, Barry Brokaw, for Agua Caliente which has two casinos commented also on the momentum the concept is gathering saying there is “great commonality of purpose” between the tribes. Brokaw, continued, “there is a possibility that something may develop pretty soon, and we can have some serious discussions with lawmakers in the building and see what we can come up with.”
The Senate Committee overseeing online poker in the California Senate, Rod Wright has reintroduced the same proposed legislation for legal online poker. The passing of such abill would see tribal casinos included and provide online poker within the state and possibly between other states opening the door to a larger poker community.