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At yesterday’s California online poker hearing, Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro was one of few to suggest a compromise that might appease racing interests.

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At the PokerStars-sponsored demonstration in Sacramento last month designed to show the press and California lawmakers how regulated online gambling sites would function in the state, poker pro Jason Somerville disclosed his unrecoverable losses at offshore site Lock Poker.

California Online Poker Bill AB 431 Passes Committee

April 27th, 2015 by John Mehaffey

For the first time in history, an online poker bill has left committee in California. The California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee unanimously passed AB 431 on Monday. Assemblyman Adam Gray is the sponsor of AB 431, which essentially was a shell going into Monday’s committee hearing. Assemblyman Gray is also chairman of the Assembly Governmental […]

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Years after Black Friday, offshore online poker sites continue to ensnare CA players. Contact your legislator to voice your regulated online poker support.

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Six California Tribes Write Letter Opposing AB 167

March 11th, 2015 by John Mehaffey

Six California tribes that operate casinos in the state wrote a letter to opposing AB 167. The recipient was Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer. The tribes state that they feel AB 167 is unacceptable due to its inclusion of racetracks in the state’s potential online poker industry. The group also takes issue with the absence of a […]

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Third California Online Poker Bill Announced

February 19th, 2015 by John Mehaffey

California State Senator Isadore Hall and Assemblyman Adam Gray have introduced bills in the California Legislature.  The companion bills would legalize and regulate California online poker.  The Senate bill is SB 278, while the Assembly bill is 431, as reported by Online Poker Report.  Neither bill currently provides much in the way of details at […]

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California Online Poker Compromise Proposal

February 5th, 2015 by John Mehaffey

California online poker has been stalled for years.  PokerStars feels that it is entitled to enter the market.  Many others outside of its coalition disagree.  This is just one of several issues facing the stakeholders in the California online poker debate.  It is time to find a way to break the gridlock and make regulated […]

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Pechanga Opposed to AB 167

January 22nd, 2015 by John Mehaffey

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced AB 167, a bill that seeks the legalization and regulation of online poker in California.  The Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro released a statement tonight on the bill, announcing the tribe’s opposition to AB 167. AB 167 would permit the licensing of card clubs, tribes, and racetracks for the purpose of […]

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California Online Poker Bill AB 9 Amendments Proposed

January 15th, 2015 by John Mehaffey

Assemblyman Mike Gatto has proposed amending AB 9, a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker in California.  These potential changes resulted from meeting with technology, security, and online commerce experts over the past two months, according to a press release issued today. “My goal remains creating a sensible framework for a new California […]

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Desert Rose Bingo Offline, Santa Ysabel Responds to TRO

December 16th, 2014 by John Mehaffey

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel pulled Desertrosebingo.com 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 […]

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