Desert Rose Bingo Offline, Santa Ysabel Responds to TRO

By John Mehaffey

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel pulled offline after federal judge Anthony Battaglia of the Southern District of California issued a temporary restraining order against the site Friday.  The request was filed by the State of California in November.  The site offered online bingo to California players for six weeks before it was forced […]

Alternative to In-Person Registration from CA Online Poker Bill

By Steve Ruddock

The California legislature, and the groups pushing for online poker expansion should abide by the same advice I often dole out to my two boys when they are playing basketball: Don’t get fancy. Don’t try to dribble between your legs when you still can’t dribble normally. Don’t practice spinning the ball on your finger when […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office Files UIGEA Complaint Against Iipay Nation

By John Mehaffey

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California filed a complaint against the Iipay Nation for its website on December 3.  The complaint alleges that the Iipay Nation’s real money bingo site violates the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The action seeks: A temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and a permanent […]

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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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    By John Mehaffey

    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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    By John Mehaffey

    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.