Conflicting Interests Derails Online Gambling in California USA

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 -

The California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion has said, "Any attempt to legalize internet gambling will probably run a foul of federal law and U.S. Department of Justice regulatory interpretations."
The efforts of some politicians to introduce legislation allowing internet gambling has been derailed by conflicting interests within the gambling industry in California. Opposition from the Native Groups has been vocal and clear. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognised tribe of Native Americans in California, as well as a number of card clubs and casinos opposed the bill to legalise online gambling in California because they are seeking exclusivity and more rights within the legislation.
The Mission Indians and Californian card clubs also felt they may not be able to compete for the proposed gambling licenses should the license tendering process be opened up to all interested operators.
After withdrawing the bill before the Senate Government Organisational Committee,  Senator Roderick Wright, who sponsored bill '1485' said, "I think the bill probably needs more work." adding, "What is clear is that it is probably moving in the right direction and I'll never get a consensus."
In a letter from the opposing card clubs and the Morongo tribe, they wrote to Senator Wright,  "By licensing foreign operators and Las Vegas gaming interests, this allows money to leave the state instead of helping California's economy."
Lloyd Levine, an advisor for the Poker Voters of America Group pointed out, "It seems to me that Morongo's opposition is not on principle but on the fact that they don't get to own the whole thing."
Even the Poker Players Alliance is opposed Senator Wright's proposed bill saying that
"Rather than leveraging proven Internet gaming models with recognizable brands and sizable player bases, this bill sets out to 'reinvent the wheel' and assumes that California players will readily migrate to unfamiliar new sites."

Related news

Return to Latest News