California’s two online poker bills have been shelved for this year, which means that they will be considered only in 2015. This news led to a lot of disappointment for online poker fans who were waiting for their state to legalize and regulate their favorite game.
Lawmakers in California cannot pass any online poker laws in a hurry as they need to take into consideration the opinions of several operators of gambling businesses, including Native Indian tribes, brick-and-mortar casinos, horse racing tracks, and card rooms.
PockeFives has reported that the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Hawaiian Gardens, the Commerce Casino, and the Bicycle Casino, which recently formed a coalition with PokerStars to launch online poker businesses in the state, are now disappointed that they have to wait one more year. They have also expressed their opinions regarding the issue.
Robert Martin, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, said: “Clearly, the issues surrounding the latest bills that sought to unconstitutionally limit competition, place prohibitions on race tracks, and rewrite longstanding, successful state policy regarding California’s oversight of gaming proved insurmountable for this session.”
He further stated that the coalition will never give up, adding that each partner will continue its efforts to convince lawmakers, other Native Indian tribes, and regulatory bodies of the need to legalize and regulate online poker in California.
Speaking on behalf of California’s card rooms, Keith Sharp, the legal representative of the coalition of card rooms, said that legalizing and regulating online poker in California will ensure the creation of a successful market, in which players can enjoy online poker gaming services from highly reputed and trustworthy companies in a secure and regulated environment.
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has also spoken up. PPA Executive Director John Pappas told PocketFives that the state of California is now witnessing “an Internet poker shuffle,” in which the state is taking two steps backwards for every step forward it takes in its efforts to legalize online poker. He also said that online poker players in California are frustrated to have to wait for one more year for a regulated environment in which to play their favorite game.
Simultaneously, Pappas is optimistic about online poker legalization in California. He says that the state will ultimately regulate the game although players may have to wait long for it. Regulated online poker will become an instant success in the state as it is thickly populated.