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New California Internet Poker Bill To Be Delayed

Opponents of a bill to legalize internet poker in California expect that the state legislature won’t act on the controversial measure before adjourning for the year.

The bill, introduced by state Senator Lou Correa through amendments to a previous bill, would allow state-sanctioned online poker games to be operated by card clubs or Native American tribes that run casinos.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which operates one of the most successful casinos in the state, was credited with drafting the amendments.

Internet poker bills have been introduced for three years in California, but none of them gained traction and advanced because of disagreements among tribes about who should be able to operate the websites.

Correa said his bill has the support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which operates a casino in Highland, but it is opposed by others including the California Tribal Business Alliance.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he does not think an online gambling bill will advance before lawmakers adjourn for the year September 13.

“Maybe in 2014,” Steinberg told reporters.

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