Chris Ferguson Wins WSOP Player Of The Year, Stays Quiet On Full Tilt Scandal

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By Marty Derbyshire

November 17, 2017

While Chris Ferguson is back on the poker world’s biggest stage, he remains silent on the scandal that seemingly precipitated his half-decade hiatus.

Larry Flynt, Card Room Owners Lose Legal Battle Over Out-Of-State Casino Ownership

By Marty Derbyshire

November 2, 2017

Larry Flynt and the owners of several other California card rooms have lost a court battle over out-of-state casino interests.

Oklahoma Tribe, California Audio Giant Ready To Launch First US-Based International Poker Site

By Marty Derbyshire

October 24, 2017

An Oklahoma tribe and a California audio components company say they’re on pace to launch the first international poker site to operate from inside the US.

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    By Steve Ruddock

    AB 1677 Online Poker Bill

    Introduced by Reggie Jones-Sawyer, AB 1677 is the first bill introduced in the 2017 legislative year to legalize online poker in California.

  • CaliforniaOnlinePoker.com is your source for news and information on California legislation that would legalize online poker for California residents.

    California online poker: Background

    2015

    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.

    2014

    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.