Industry Reacts as California Online Poker Bills Shelved

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The news that California will have to wait at least another year for online poker took a lot of the wind out of the sails of the iGaming world, but the failure of the legislature to pass a bill shouldn’t overshadow the significant progress that was made in the state. Yes, a lot still needs to be ironed out for online poker to pass in 2015, but we are closer than ever in California, something that was noticeable in many of the comments made following the announcement that the legislature would not be acting on online poker before going to recess at the end of the month. Senator Lou Correa State Senator Lou Correa, the sponsor of SB 1366 was the first person to signal that the legislature would not be acting on online poker this session, when he told the LA Times on Wednesday that, “Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it’s done right,” and stated that there simply wasn’t enough time to get a compromise bill done. Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer On Friday,’s Matthew Kredell heard from a representative speaking on behalf of Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who sponsored AB 2291. The representative told that the Jones-Sawyer bill “to legalize online poker in California will not have enough time to pass this legislative session,” but added “that a new bill will be the first one introduced by the assemblyman for the next session in December.” The PokerStars coalition On Friday PokerStars and their California iPoker partners released a three-part statement where they made it clear that they will be advocating for a bill as soon as possible, and that their alliance is still intact and strong. ————– ——————– Coalition of 13 tribes Much like the PokerStars alliance, the coalition of 13 tribes that lined up in opposition to PokerStars also released a statement this past week. The coalition struck a similar tone to PokerStars and company (no bill is better than a rushed bad bill) although that singular wedge issue is apparently still keeping the two coalitions apart. Twitter reactions Previous Post Next Post morongo|pokerstars About Steve Ruddock Steve Ruddock is a longtime member of the online gambling industry. He covers the regulated US online casino and poker industries for variety of publications, including,,, and USA Today.

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