IGLS 2015 Dumps a Bucket of Cold Water on California Online Poker

By Steve Ruddock

The second annual California iGaming legislative Symposium (IGLS) took place last week, with some of the biggest gaming power players in the state and from around the globe converging on Sacramento to discuss online poker in the Golden State. Unfortunately, the mood at IGLS, and the general consensus following  the gathering was quite pessimistic when […]

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The California legislature is starting to get bogged down with online poker legislation, as three bills have now been introduced in the Assembly, along with another one in the State Senate. The latest bills (identical to one another) were introduced jointly by State Senator Isadore Hall III and Assemblyman Adam Gray, as a compromise between […]

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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.