California Close to Offering Legal Online Poker

Published Friday, May 23, 2014 -
California Close to Offering Legal Online Poker

The online poker industry in America has been running hot and cold for some time now and with only three states allowing internet poker for real money currently there is no doubt that there will soon be other jurisdictions in the USA to eventually legalize it. New York State has already begun to seriously consider offering online gambling and California has been debating the issue for a long while. The most conspicuous issue which is preventing online poker legislation in California is the recent partnership between three state card rooms, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and PokerStars.

The world’s largest online poker room PokerStars has dodged a few bullets while presenting its offering in America. The company however is still considered a ‘bad actor’ because of its continued efforts to offer online poker in the States after the prohibition of online gambling in 2006. The passing of a bill that would allow online gambling in California is on the table now that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians are now ready to move forward with the Internet poker legislation.

Key concerns were ironed out during a recent meeting in San Diego where the tribes came to an agreement regarding the number of poker sites that a licensee would be eligible to operate. The tribes  reached consensus and have agreed to two poker sites per licensee which at one time was a big stumbling block for the tribal councils. The tribes also agreed that licensees could not engage in horse racing on top of online poker. The introduction of online poker in California would be exclusive to those who are present in the State with the proposed bill not allowing for compact agreements with the other legally sanctioned online gambling states of Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada.  Allowing PokerStars to participate is still in doubt in California and it will become another challenge in the next round of talks by stakeholders coming in June.




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