Online Poker

Legal Gambling



Newsletter

888 Poker

California Bill Legalizing Online Poker Gains Further Support

06/20/2016

Opponents Look to be Outgunned

More and more, 2016 is looking to be the year that California legalizes online poker. As the bill that would detail its regulation, AB 2863, continues to be amended, it has roped in many tribes that had once been part of the opposition.

There are several main coalitions that are key actors in this bill’s evolution and passage: the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. These coalitions conditionally oppose the legalization of online poker in California.

The Agua Caliente Chairman, Jeff Grubbe, stated to the relevant Appropriations Committee that the group had supported older versions of the bill. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians’ Chairman, Mark Macarro, also claimed his tribe doesn’t seek to stop the bill from going through. Instead, they are intent on “shaping good public policy that will protect our rights now and for the decades to come,” he stated to Online Poker Report.

Both tribes currently oppose AB 2863, and managed to delay a recent vote on the bill that would have taken place last Wednesday. Said version of the bill would have watered down the its “bad actor” clause. In previous drafts, the “bad actor” clause prohibited companies that had operated online poker rooms illegally after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006. The current draft (yet to see a vote) would have moved that date up to 2011. This is notable because the world’s largest and most profitable online poker company, PokerStars, did business in the United States illegally before its indictment in that year. PokerStars has since changed ownership and seeks to re enter the markets it was forced out of.

However, as opponents of AB 2863, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians are shrinking. The coalition used to be comprised of seven different tribes. After the June 7 amendment, the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians wrote a letter praising the bill. This signified a secession from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, and brought the total number of AB 2863’s opponents to six.

Now, the coalitions supporting AB 2863 include unions and horse racetracks, as well as the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, which represents 33 tribes and 21 casino owners. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are unlikely to be appeased by any except for the most drastic changes in the bill.

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Adam Gray, stated “through good faith discussions with all stakeholders, I believe we are closer than ever to passing an iPoker bill.”

 
>> All legal poker news in USA   >> California Online Gambling News
 

888 Poker

Online Poker News in USA

06/01/2017 Pennsylvania Senate Approves Online Gambling Bill
Facing continuing budget shortfalls, the Pennsylvania State Senate has finally passed legislation that would legalize some forms of online gambling for residents of the state. After several futile attempts to bring online g... Read more

Legal Gambling USA
02/18/2017 2017 WSOP Qualifiers for New Jersey and Nevada poker players
With the roster currently growing for the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the WSOP.com website is now offering qualifying opportunities for as little as an entry fee of $10. The 48th annual World Series of Poker event is... Read more

WSOP.com
11/22/2016 The Gladiator : Fight your way to a $5,000 cash prize!
Are you ready to slug it out for 30 days of wild poker action and fight your way to a $5,000 cash prize? The Gladiator at NJ Party Poker is a month-long poker promotion that rewards you for every point you earn from Novembe... Read more

PartyPoker
07/08/2016 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Approves Bill to Legalize Online Poker, DFS
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Approves Bill to Legalize Online Poker, Daily Fantasy Sports; No Video Gaming Terminals Last week, prospects improved for online poker legalization in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, the... Read more

Legal Gambling USA
07/02/2016 888 Poker Challenges You To Be A Weekend Warrior
Are you the weekend warrior type when it comes to your poker playing? You like to fire up the computer and get in on the action on the weekends when you have more time. If this sounds like you, then you need to check out wh... Read more

888poker
>> All poker websites news in USA
 

  Home > Online Poker > Online Poker News in USA > California Bill Legalizing Online Poker Gains Further Support