Posts Tagged ‘California’

Letter of Support Written by California Coalition in Favor of iPoker

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The state of California has yet to be able to pass legislation in regards to online poker, despite many efforts over the past few years. It seems as though now there is potential with AB 2863, a measure on the table in the state, is going to hearing next week. The bill is sponsored by Adam Gray, an assemblyman in the state, which would legalize and regulate iPoker in the state.

To show their support, the coalition of Indian tribes, PokerStars and several card rooms, known as the PokerStars Coalition, have shown their support for the legislation. In the letter sent to Gray, the Coalition stated that they are in support of Gray’s bill, that the measure will protect consumers while creating jobs and strengthening the economy of the state. The letter goes on to state that legalizing and regulating the activity will be good for poker players as well as consumers who will be able to take part in a regulated in a safe environment.

The Coalition stated they are proud to be supporting the bill that would establish a competitive marketplace, with the regulation of operators and service providers, consumer protections and a reasonable return for the state.

For some time, the Coalition has worked with legislators and other parties interested in the industry to move forward with the issues of policies regarding online poker. The hope of the Coalition is that Gray’s measure will move forward, reaching the governor’s desk and gaining his signature.

The hearing is a good sign for poker players in the state but it will still be some time still if legislation moves forward. It may not even be this year for the state to see a measure passed for players to be able to enjoy online poker gaming within the state’s borders.

Reggie Jones-Sawyer Reschedules Online Poker Bill to Hearing Next Month

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

file4741238088930It was just one week ago that Reggie Jones-Sawyer, an Assemblyman of California, decided to pull his online poker bill from a state hearing. The July 8th hearing was supposed to have included AB 167, but the Assemblyman removed the bill last minute. The bill has now been added to a hearing scheduled for next month to be heard by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

The hearing date has yet to be announced but we do know the date will have to be after the 17th. This is when legislature will return from a summer break. The hearing will help to determine if online poker will be passed in the 2015 legislative session. Many feel as though the option will not be passing this year.

Summer recess begins on the 17th of July and will be on break until the 17th of August. From this day in August, legislation will only have until the 11th of September to move forward. Any legislation for online poker will need to pass by this date and will then be added to the desk of the governor for approval.

Online poker has basically been considered a no-go for California despite the fact that AB 431 by Adam Gray has been passed by the GO and Appropriations Committee and Jones-Sawyer’s bill has been added to the upcoming hearing. Little progress has taken place in the state especially considering the fact that Indian tribes, card rooms and race tracks cannot seem to come to an agreement on how online poker should be made available within the state.

There is only a small window of time before legislation will be null and void within the state. There is still hope for California to move forward with online poker bills but it does not seem as though there is enough time for legislation to come to fruition within the state.




California Cardrooms to receive visits by Pros of PokerStars

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

pssiFor months now, the state of California has tried to enter the online gambling industry. Interested in online poker, officials have introduced legislation but have yet to move forward in legalizing the option. PokerStars have a valid interest in the state, with partnerships with cardrooms and Indian Tribes, hoping to be involved in online poker gaming if legislation is passed.

PokerStars has launched an online site to help residents learn more about online poker gaming and how the state of California would be affected if the option was allowed. Now, the brand has announced that their Team Pros will be traveling throughout the state to help promote the game.

The tour is titled Let California Play and will be used to raise awareness among residents in the state. The benefits of online poker regulation will be explained and the pros will be using their knowledge of the game to help players determine what to expect if the state enters the industry.

Included in the tour will be top pros visiting card rooms over eight different stops. The pros include:

Jason Somerville

Liv Boeree

Daniel Negreanu

Chris Moneymaker

Vanessa Selbst

The pros will visit the California cardrooms, speaking and taking part in special tournaments. Card players will be able to take part in game play against the pros, an exciting option for any poker player. Negreanu stated that it is important for poker players to make their voices heard among the decision makers in the state and to tell the officials to Let California Play.

PokerStars works with the Hawaiian Gardens, Commerce and Bike cardrooms as well as the Morongo and San Manuel tribes. Along with the tour, the groups work together to run the Californians for Responsible iPoker website. These are the first steps of the coalition to help move the state forward to offer online poker gaming.




PokerStars Pros Offering Media Briefing in California

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

PokerstarsPokerStars is trying hard to remain in the online poker game and moving into the United States is a major goal of the company. This Thursday, the online poker brand is sending two top pros to speak on their behalf during a media briefing one day after the legislators of the state meet to discuss online poker legalization and regulation.

There are currently several online poker bills on the table in the state of California and one managed to move out of the legislative committee in April. This was the very first time a lawmaker voted on a bill for online poker and this was a nice turning point in the positive for online poker within California.

PokerStars wants to help push the state to legalizing the option and will be sending Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville to Sacramento later this week to discuss online poker. Negreanu will be hosting the event and will offer an online poker demo. The briefing will take place in Hearing Room 100 in the Legislative Office Building in the early morning hours from 10:30 to 11:30.

The goal of the briefing is to discuss online poker and cover such topics as consumer protections and the platform of PokerStars. Negreanu posted on Twitter of the upcoming briefing by stating he would be in Sacramento on Thursday to discuss politics and online poker as a representative of PokerStars, saying it feels like the right time to get California on board.

PokerStars was just acquired by Amaya Gaming in 2014 and is a big player that has the potential to enter into the online poker market if California passes legislation. California is being watched closely as the state is the largest in the US and could bring about a major turning point in the online poker industry of the United States.



PokerStars Earns another California Partner

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

pssiPokerStars partnered with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians a few months ago in preparation for online poker in the state of California. The online poker room recently announced they are now working with the San Manuel Band of Indians in support of online poker in the state. According to a report by CardPlayer, the Amaya Gaming Group now adds the tribe to the agreement they have with the Morongo tribe as well as three card rooms in the state.

PokerStars has seen very little support from the tribes in the state as most want to see a bad actor clause enacted in the state. The bad actor clause would keep anyone who operated online poker after the UIGEA was created from offering online poker, PokerStars being one such company. With the addition of the San Manuel tribe to the partnership in the state, PokerStars now seems to have even more hope of offering online poker in the United States.

Of course, California does not currently offer online poker, but if the option is legalized, PokerStars, the two tribes and three card rooms; the Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Commerce Casino and Bicycle Casino are involved in the deal with Amaya Gaming. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians operate slots, poker, blackjack and bingo in the state and now look forward to working with PokerStars.

Lynn Valbuena, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman, stated that the tribe is pleased to join the coalition and are convinced that the various interests must work together if they are to be successful in creating a well-regulated environment and a best-in-class internet poker industry for the state. PokerStars is also happy to be partnered with San Manuel and are looking forward to working with Legislature to develop the industry in the state along with other stakeholders and those who have a vested interest.



California Casino Added to World Poker Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Earlier this week it was announced that a California casino was added to the XII season of the World Poker Tour. The Thunder Valley Casino Resort will host an event in March of next year with the new tour stop title WPT Thunder Valley. This stop will equal three events in the state of California for players to enjoy.

The L.A. Poker Classic and the Bay 101 Shooting Star event are common stops on the World Poker Tour and Thunder Valley is hoping to become a regular stop as well. Adam Pliska is the President of the World Poker Tour and he stated that now that Thunder Valley is on the schedule, the WPT has created a California swing that will make in-state transportation easy. Not only can players enjoy the tournament events but also take in the sites and beauty of California as they travel from tournament to tournament.

This setup has been use with many different tournaments to allow for easy travel and the hope that players will just follow the tour, keeping the player numbers up. With players traveling, the fields will continue to feature pros and more players may show up to follow the progress of the tour.

The XII season of the World Poker Tour now heads to the Party Poker Montreal event starting on the 29th of November. The season continues and the California stop will be a nice event to the tour and it will be interesting to see how players enjoy the new stop and if it will become a staple to the World Poker Tour.

Players can view the full schedule with event dates, stops, buy-ins game types and more information by visiting the World Poker Tour website. Every stop on the tour is listed so players can go ahead and make plans to compete.