Online Poker Possible in California

Published Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -

The California Online Poker Law Enforcement Compliance and Consumer Protection Act has undergone legislative analysis, and the draft of the bill has now been released to the press. California is very aware of the tax revenue that online gambling could add to its economy.

January 15, 2009 is when the draft proposal was dated makes a clear distinction between intrastate gaming within the state and the federal laws of the USA, noting that intrastate wagering is not considered "illegal internet gambling." The act calls for the Gambling Control Commission and the Bureau of Gambling Control within the Department of Justice to clarify intrastate regulations for California.

The act states the reason for its necessity and the reason for quick resolution, "In order to protect the millions of Californians who play poker online, and allow state law enforcement to license, regulate internet poker sites that can ensure these consumer protections…" Poker web site licences are asked to be released to tribes and existing operators that already have gambling permits within the state and that all aspects of operations will be provided and controlled within California.

"Leading gaming consultants estimate that in 2008 United States citizens wagered more than ten billion dollars ($10,000,000,000) online at off-shore, non-United States Internet gambling Web sites, that this amount is likely to grow steadily over the next decade and that every week more than 1,000,000 California citizens play poker on the Internet." reads, the first part of Section 1 of the carefully crafted act. The wording ensures that articles contained within the act are well within the Department of Justice guidelines concerning the Federal Laws.

The addition of online poker to already regulated gaming in California and the additional lure of revenues to aid a faultering economy in the Golden State are facts the legislators will not ignore when it comes time to pass the proposed act

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