The focus is now on the issue of online poker legalization in California. While racetrack owners, card room owners, Native Indian tribes, and lawmakers have been unable to make up their minds, PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, has decided to do something about it.
Recently, PokerStars announced that some of the most widely acclaimed members of Team PokerStars Pro will go on a tour to promote online poker, to attract lawmakers’ attention, and to lobby for online poker legalization in the state.
Called Let California Play!, the tour aims to give residents a chance to speak out and play poker with pros who have greatly contributed to popularizing the game. Noted professional poker players Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, and Jason Somerville will be taking part in this tour.
PokerStars has a reason to select these players for its historic tour. All the five are immensely successful and popular poker players who are known to have made a difference in the game.
Let California Play! began at San Diego’s Palomar Card Club on July 17 and will conclude in Turlock’s Turlock Poker Room on August 9. On July 19, residents will get the opportunity to interact with Jason Somerville and Daniel Negreanu at Chula Vista’s Seven Mile Casino. A special question-and-answer session will be held at 9:00 a.m. local time for the benefit of residents. A $30 buy-in poker tournament will be played at 10:00 a.m. and casino players can play against Negreanu and Somerville.
Negreanu needs no introduction as he is internationally acclaimed for winning six World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets in the course of his career. He has won over $30 million playing live poker tournaments alone, and PokerStars introduced him into its Team PokerStars Pro in 2007. Negreanu is one of the most enthusiastic poker ambassadors in the world.
Somerville is one of the newest members of Team PokerStars Pro. He has to his credit over $3.5 millions in live poker tournament winnings and one WSOP gold bracelet. He is quite a talented online poker player as he has earned over $2 million playing at Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
Somerville also bears the credit of launching a Twitch.tv video streaming series called Run It Up! Today, it attracts over 7 million viewers. Inspired by his Twitch.tv activities, a large number of professional poker players joined Twitch and began live streaming their poker action, further popularizing the game.