California Online Poker Hearing Tomorrow at 1:30 PST

By Paul James

We previously reported on the California online poker hearing taking place tomorrow at the State Capitol, Room 4202 at 1:30 pm. We now have a better idea of what the hearing entails thanks to Marco Valerio who posted the agenda. The live stream can be found here. The hearing is officially called: The Future Public Policy and Fiscal Implications of [...]

Former Online Poker Player from California Runs for Seat in U.S. House

By Kalen S

The Poker Players Alliance and other gaming activists have spent years trying to convince U.S. lawmakers to legalize online poker. One of their colleagues is considering a different approach. James Hinton, a former online poker champion from Napa, California, is considering running for Congress. Hinton, a self-proclaimed libertarian, intends to run against Democrat incumbent Mike [...]

San Manuel Digital Development Firm Hires Former iGaming Executive as CEO

By Brian Mickers

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently announced that it has hired Matthew Cullen, the former Business Development & Strategy Executive of iGaming, to serve as their new CEO. Cullen has been an executive in the entertainment and online gaming field since 1995, which will make him a valuable member of the team. Carla [...]

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    AB 2291 Online Poker Bill

    Introduced by State Rep. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California AB 2291 is favored by Indian tribes and would legalize online poker for tribes & cardrooms.

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    SB 1366 Online Poker Bill

    Introduced by Lou Correa, the bill is more detailed but very closely related bill to AB 2291. This bill would allow potential state compacts although forbids cash transactions. is your source for news and information on California legislation that would legalize online poker for California residents.

On December 19, 2012, California State Senator Wright introduced SB 51.  This bill would regulate online poker within the borders of California.  Online poker would be the only game legalized by this bill, other casino games would be excluded.

Two other online poker bills were proposed by tribal gaming interests in California in May 2013.  One bill is SB 678, while the other is the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2013.  These bills are also poker only proposals.  They would also not allow California to enter into any interstate compacts.  The state would be required to opt out of any future federal law that covers online gambling under these bills.  California has a population of 38 million that would allow for the proper liquidity of intrastate online poker.

Three bills in the past had been introduced but failed to pass in the California Legislature.  Those bills were SB 1463, SB 40 and SB 45. These bills would have  legalized, regulated and taxed online poker in California.

California is currently struggling with massive debt and legalizing online poker would allow the state to potentially make more then 1 billion dollars over the next decade and create over 1,000 new jobs.

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