CalShark.com, an online poker room that offered free play poker games to players, recently closed down much to the disappointment of its members. The poker room was run by COPA – the California Online Poker Association which was dissolved a few weeks ago. COPA made the announcement and cited the poker bill as the cause, “The California Online Poker Association’s Board of Managers has announced it is dissolving the association. The decision was based upon insufficient progress within the legislature toward the passage of an online poker bill. When the California Online Poker Association (COPA) was formed two years ago, the COPA operating agreement contemplated that the organization might be dissolved if state online poker legislation had not passed by January 2, 2013.COPA’s members continue to believe that the authorization of intrastate Internet poker would provide California with hundreds of millions in new state revenue, thousands of new jobs and vital protections for players.”
As a result of this, the poker industry was expecting the closure of the poker room.
The news of the closure of the Cal Shark site was announced to players via an email.“We hope you have enjoyed the competition and state-of-the-art experience offered by CalShark.com, which has consistently provided players with the thrill of playing live poker on their personal computers…CalShark.com was launched by the California Online Poker Association (COPA) and dedicated to providing players with the highest-quality play-for-free experience available online. Our goal was to seamlessly transition CalShark.com to live, real-money play after online poker was legalized in California,” the note stated.
The site CalShark.com was a noted poker room that catered to players in the state of California offering a wide range of poker games for players to try for free and learn the ropes. However, the poker site did have ambitions of turning into a real money poker room and supplying cash games to players. However, unfortunately for both the Cal Shark site and the California Online Poker Association, all their efforts to get a legislation allowing for legal online poker in the state fell to no avail. The site added a note about this in its email to players.
“Unfortunately, despite more than three years of effort, the State Legislature has not acted on Internet poker legislation and COPA has decided to dissolve. As a result, CalShark.Com will be closing immediately. COPA and the staff at CalShark.com deeply appreciate your support, and we hope you enjoyed your time on our site,” stated CalShark.