Online Poker Receives Support from California Card Rooms

CaliforniaTwo days ago, a letter was sent out to Lou Correa, a State Senator of California, in which twenty five state card rooms showed their support for online poker in the state. A recent report by released the information of the letter, which stated the licensed card rooms are in support of legislation that will protect consumers in the state, provide taxes and fees to California and ensure the fair treatment of all participants.

The letter states: “It is essential that card rooms be able to participate in internet poker in a meaningful way to protect our existing poker business, jobs and tax base.” Card room owners listed in the letter are in support of fair and ‘clearly understood legislation’ that will allow the card rooms to participate on reasonable business terms in an online poker industry, ‘given our significant contributions in employment and tax receipts’.

In the letter, 88 licensed card rooms are mentioned for the state, with 25 being cited as supporting online poker. Included in the letter are the Hollywood Park Casino and the Hustler Casino, two of the larger card rooms in the state. Overall, the card rooms seem to be in agreement with the tribes who banded together and proposed a bill back in June.

The card rooms state clearly their feelings on a ‘bad actor clause’ and want to see the clause added in to poker legislation for the state. In the letter, the card rooms stated that any company that accepted any wagers online after the federal legal changes in 2006, should not be allowed to receive a gambling license in the state.

The card rooms were very clear in the letter about how they want to be involved and how current proposed legislation would see only larger groups being able to become involved in the industry. The letter stated: “Legislation that pretends to include card rooms but handicaps or otherwise restricts their effective participation is not good policy.”

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