Elk Grove, California Casino Back On Track After Federal Government Places Land In Trust

Elk Grove California tribal casino
By Steve Ruddock

February 17, 2017

The Wilton Rancheria tribe’s casino project in the city of Elk Grove, California took another turn this week after the DOI placed the tribe’s land in trust.

Elk Grove City Council Votes Against Wilton Rancheria Tribal Casino

By Steve Ruddock

February 14, 2017

The Elk Grove, California city council has pumped the brakes on the proposed $400 million tribal casino project belonging to the Wilton Rancheria tribe.

California Card Rooms Look To Put The Brakes On Tribal Casino Project; Voter Referendum Looming

By Steve Ruddock

December 22, 2016

A proposed tribal casino in the town of Elk Grove will have to pass a voter referendum after a group allied with area card rooms forced a ballot referendum.

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    California online poker: Background


    In many ways, 2015 is similar to the story of 2014, with the notable difference that political attention to the issue of online poker began earlier in the year and appears to have greater force behind it.

    There are currently two primary competing visions for online poker in California – AB 9 and AB 167 – both of which sit with the Governmental Organization Committee in the Assembly.

    There is an additional legislative vehicle for online poker in the Assembly: AB 431, sponsored by Assemblyman Adam Gray and co-authored by State Sen. Isadore Hall. AB 431 is currently a “shell” bill, meaning it contains little in the way of actual details or language.

    You can read more about and track each bill using California’s online legislative information system.

    As in past years, the key divisions revolve around who is eligible for licensure as an online poker operator.


    In February 2014, two online poker bills were announced.  SB 1366 would allow online poker only.  It included a bad actor clause that would forbid any company from operating in the state if it took action from U.S. players after December 31, 2006.

    AB 2291 was a similar bill.  One difference is that the bad actor clause was left open for future debate.

    On April 23, 2014, the California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization held a hearing to discuss online poker.  Topics included the history of online poker in the U.S., testimony from executives involved in the regulated industry, as well as views from tribal and commercial gaming companies.

    The hearing appeared to be a positive for the online poker industry.  One opponent of gambling in general was cut off from his speech.  Andy Abboud, VP of Government Affairs for Las Vegas Sands, had his company’s motives questioned by the committee.  All members of the committee that spoke appeared to be educated about the online poker industry.

    Prior to 2014

    Online poker has been an issue in California for nearly a decade at this point. The state has seen numerous bills prior to the handful currently circulating in Sacramento.

    Six bills in the past had been introduced but failed to pass in the California Legislature.  Those bills were the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2013, SB 51, SB 678, SB 1463, SB 40 and SB 45. These bills would have  legalized, regulated and taxed online poker in California.

    Is online poker legal in California? Read more about that complex question in this feature article.