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Legalized Online Poker in California Faces Long Odds in Final Weeks: Bill Not Likely to Pass

Written by:
Nagesh Rath
Published on:
Aug/06/2012
Legalized Online Poker in California Faces Long Odds in Final Weeks

The deadline to get an online poker measure passed in the California legislature is looming. 

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That August 31 date leaves little wiggle room to pass such legislation that would make the activity legal online within the Golden State. 

“It’s possible, but I don’t see it in the last four weeks,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, told reporters.  Steinberg is a co-sponsor of the legislation that has been met with opposition from the state’s Tribal casinos.   Sen. Rod Wright, D-Los Angeles is the other sponsor.

The bill, which is estimated to bring $200 million to state coffers through licensing fees alone, has witnessed zero movement since its introduction back in February.

“I’m not going to break a pick on this issue,” Steinberg said. “But I’m willing to see it through if there is a little more consensus.”

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, which operates a casino near Valley center, supports the Wright bill. Steven Stallings, a Rincon council member, said he thinks there is still a chance at a deal before the session ends.

California is the world’s 8th largest economy and would be capable of supporting a viable online poker industry without the necessity of having to form compacts with other states.   

- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com

 

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