Kendall James

Proposed online poker legislation has been released by the California tribal governments. This is a collaborative effort by Indian tribes in California to create an intrastate internet poker for the 2013-14 legislative session.

The bill can be found here.

Highlights from the Proposed California Online Poker Bill:

Poker Only – They are very clear that they don’t want to expand beyond poker.

Tribes & Card Rooms – They will be the only entities that will be allowed to offer online poker to California players. Previous proposed bills have included race tracks which are now excluded.

UIGEA Exclusion – They have a bad actor clause in the bill that would exclude companies that accepted bets post-UIGEA

Prohibition of Internet Cafes – They will prohibit cafe’s and sweepstakes.

Tribal Self-Regulation & Exclusivity – Tribal jurisdiction and limited to intrastate poker only.

10 Year License Period – Minimum of 10 year licenses with a 10 year renewal for good standing.

Licensee Owned by Same Entity for 5 Years – To offer online poker in California a licensee has to have been operating and accepting cash bets in California forĀ  years prior to the enactment of the bill.

Illegal Online Gaming – Tough penalties for operates and players for playing at unlicensed poker sites.

Kendall James
Kendall James - Kendall has been covering the gaming industry for over 7 years. Kendall lives in San Francisco with his wife and black Labrador. Kendall often travels to Sacramento and Nevada to covers legislative hearings and iGaming conferences.