Steps Remaining for California to Legalize Online Poker in 2014

By James Guill

The deadline to legalize online poker in California is looming and two big issues remain unresolved. With just a month left before the end of the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers will need to work overtime if they are to join Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey in a legal US market. Here’s what needs to happen [...]

Will Santa Ysabel’s Real Money Online Poker Site Be Safe For Players?

By PokerXanadu

This is the second of three articles that offers an in-depth look at Santa Yasabel, and it’s impact on California poker players. Written by Martin Shaprio @PokerXanadu All this legal greyness and potential threat of law enforcement puts this new U.S. site on no firmer ground than the offshore sites. But isn’t it at least one step safer [...]

Is it legal if Santa Ysabel Launches Real Money Online Poker in California?

By PokerXanadu

This is the first of three articles that offers an in-depth look at Santa Yasabel, and it’s impact on California poker players. Written by Martin Shaprio @PokerXanadu The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, located in the remote mountains about 50 miles northeast of San Diego, has announced that the opening of their site for real-money online [...]

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    By Brian Mickers

    Is Online Poker Legal in California 2014

    Are you interested in playing online poker in California but want to know the legality of online gaming?

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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.

In February 2014, two online poker bills were announced.  SB 1366 would allow online poker only.  It includes 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 is a similar bill.  One difference is that the bad actor clause was left open for future debate.

These bills have not received a committee hearing or any specific discussion.  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.

Five 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.

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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