July 6, 2009 - All this talk about Florida and
California on the move to legalize online poker has got
poker chips on my mind. But I have to say, despite all the
hope and well wishing, I won't believe it's possible until I
see it done. And by that I mean tangible legislation signed
and passed into law. To quote the infamous LL Cool J, "Going
back to Cali, er, Cali, er, dum, dum, dum, I'm goin' back to
Cali er...Nah, I don't think so".
If I was a betting man - oh wait, I am a betting
man - then I would put all my chips on California to
legalize. First off, there are lots of brick 'n mortar poker
rooms there to begin with. And while some exist in Florida's
tribal casino gambling scene, the poker landscape in
California is thriving big time. Secondly, California's
budget deficit is expected to rise to something like $25
billion. It's a given that Californian's are playing poker
online. And that would amount to some serious tax revenue if
regulation was thrown into the mix. Third, the legislation
in California specifically sets forth regulatory guidelines.
In Florida, the story plays out a little differently. The
bill that Governor Charlie Crist just signed specifically
sets forth guidelines to study online poker, but not
necessarily regulate. You know the drill: Learn all the
poker hands and how to bluff. Oh wait - not study the actual
game of poker, but rather, if it can be successfully
regulated. And by that, I mean how can Florida residents be
protected by unregulated online poker sites. And by that, I
mean....Really, how many more times can I say that!?
Florida Senate will be taking a look at guidelines of the
study as well as the prospects of actually regulating online
poker come December 2009. American Poker Ventures, which
lobby's on behalf of the Poker Voters of America, was
chiefly responsible for drafting the bills.
By the way, on
a side note, or should I say side side note, I read
another article about this whole poker thing in Florida, and
the author kept referring to Governor Crist as Governor
Grist. I thought that was pretty funny. Nobody chews on the
fat like Governor Grist. And nobody is going to get online
poker regulated in Florida either.
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