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Delay to Vote on Bill for Regulating Online Poker in California

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

With all this talk about the State of California on the move to legalize online gambling (at least online poker rooms, that is), it looks like the detractors, or rather, those who would oppose said regulation, have gotten wind of the building momentum and have surged forward with a resistant blast of their own.

With the bill to regulate internet poker due up for a vote yesterday, and considering that vote never took place, it appears that resistance to regulate online gambling in California is having it’s way. But don’t let that make you think the move to get the bill passed is a “dead process”, says Senator Rob Wright.

Senator Wright is an important name to know in this unfolding story, for it was Mr. Wright who was largely responsible for derailing the vote for another time. However, it was also Senator Wright who put the bill together in the first place. So, in as much as derailing the vote may come across as a delay tactic or strategy to build opposition, Senator Wright was quick to avoid sparking doubt with others in support of regulation by stating, “Just because we don’t do this today doesn’t mean people are going to stop playing Internet poker.”

In other words, it really does look as if California is going to regulate online poker. With 10% of the revenue generated by online poker rooms going back to the State – which, needless to say – is in dire need of deficit curbing revenue, the prospects to make online poker rooms legal in the most populous state in America.

How High is the Hype for Regulating Online Poker in California?

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Introducing the chest...err...face of California's poker scene: Jennifer Tilly

Introducing the chest...err...face of California's poker scene: Jennifer Tilly

With all the talk about the impending enforcement date of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) this upcoming Tuesday, it seems that motions to consider regulating online gambling both on a federal and State level are springing up left and right. Well, if there ever was a time when online gambling in the States stood a good chance of being regulated, now is it.

The only thing I’m wondering is this: Since when were individual State’s permitted to offer online casino games under their own jurisdiction? Apparently, since forever. Making all the internet poker headlines right now is a bill being penned at this very moment that would essentially legalize online poker in the State of California.

Following last week’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing to consider the prospects of taxing internet betting (which apparently went over pretty well), the word on the streets is that although the UIGEA bans “illegal online gambling” on a federal level, State’s still have the right to regulate on their own accord. Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that has been in the dark about this, but I thought that State’s couldn’t do anything to regulate online gambling so long as the UIGEA was in effect.

But than again, perhaps it all amounts to hesitancy on the part of State government officials faced with trying to pass a highly controversial issue which the federal government and no other State  has even attempted doing. Whatever it comes down to, just as is this is the best time to get regulation going in the States, no other State is better suited to pass online gambling legislation than the State of California.

Stepping up to the plate on behalf of California, is Senator Rod Wright, who leads the committee that overseas gambling in California. Senator Wright’s aforementioned bill, specifically calls for the regulation of online poker, which would no doubt make a huge dent in the State’s $19.1 billion budget gap through June 2011.

Differing from a tribal initiative that would create an intrastate poker network, Wright’s bill would give the State Department of Justice the means to award 5-year contracts to three California-based online poker room operators, who would obviously have to meet financial and technical requirements. No doubt, there are online poker rooms monitoring the situation very closely and ready to set up shop in California. They certainly aren’t knocking on the Dept. of Justice door just yet, as getting an online poker network up-and-running could take two to three years, especially if there are challenges to the legislation.

Possible resistance could come from tribal leaders, some of whom fear that legalized online poker would steal revenue from their land-based casinos. Furthermore, there is speculation that Wright’s bill violates past agreements that limit competition from casinos. As for getting California poker players to buy-in, that’s another matter altogether. The bill would make gambling at non-State licensed online poker rooms a crime. Needless to say, if the State-licensed rooms aren’t giving players enough incentive, they will likely be inclined to play somewhere else online, regardless of being illegal or not.

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