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No Go in Sacramento

California online poker bill won't be passed this term

No Go in Sacramento

State Senator Roderick Wright, author of a bill that would legalize online poker in California, said last month that his bill stands a 50/50 chance of passage this term of the legislature.

The main opponents to the bill are several Indian gaming tribes. Of course, the main proponents of the bill are also several Indian gaming tribes, and their allies on this bill are the state’s card clubs.

The senator pulled his bill in mid-June. It would allow organizations that currently offer forms of gambling, such as racetracks, casinos and card clubs, to offer online poker. Each such entity would pay $30 million to the state for the privilege.

The tribes that oppose the bill do so for a variety of reasons, including the belief that online poker would threaten their brick-and-mortar casinos, or that existing tribal state gaming compacts could be threatened.


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