For years now, the state of California has been one that always considers an online poker bill and fails to see any legislation pass into law. Poker fans have waited and waited for the state to join others like New Jersey and Nevada in offering iPoker gaming, to no avail. It seems poker players will have to wait even longer as the state does not seem to be considering the option in 2018.
According to a report by Online Poker Report, California will not be considering iPoker legislation this year. The news source was told by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer that after little progress over the past year regarding tribal gaming interests, he has no plans to reintroduce his online poker legislation in 2018.
Jones-Sawyer has been involved in the push for online poker gaming in California since 2014 and has sponsored a bill to see the activity legalized each year since. However, this year the assemblyman will be voiding his efforts.
The main issue behind California having such a hard time passing online poker legislation is due to tribal gaming groups and existing card rooms. Both have a vested interest in offering online poker gaming and cannot seem to agree as to how the iPoker industry should take shape in the state. In the past, a point of contention was bad actor clauses, which would keep such brands as PokerStars from offering online poker services in the state.
Now that efforts to see online poker come to pass have stalled, the state is looking towards sports betting. The United States Supreme Court ruling set to take place this year in the Christie vs. NCAA case could change the sports betting industry in the US, allowing wagering to take place nationwide. California is one of several states that is expected to make legislation changes to become involved if sports betting becomes a reality across the board.
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