Online poker bill in California to be redrafted

Online poker bill in California to be redrafted

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Planned legislation for online poker in the state of California has stalled after State Senator Rod Wright announced he had withdrawn his California Online Poker Law Enforcement Compliance and Consumer Protection Act at the end of last month.

The bill was opposed by Indian tribes, California’s poker players and existing sites. The Native Americans have something of a monopoly on gambling in the Golden State; poker players are opposed to it for obvious reasons.

However, Wright states that he is still chasing Internet poker laws but wishes to restructure a bill that has broader support. However, he showed sympathy with online poker players, accepting that he doesn’t see a problem with people spending money on online poker.

"My sense is Rod Wright legitimately is concerned with closing the $19 to $21 billion general budget gap in the state," said Steve Miller, the Poker Players’ Alliance’s state director for California. "I believe that is his No. 1 goal. He recognizes that poker is a tool at his disposal and will work really hard to find something so that gap gets closed."

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