Online Poker California
Online Poker California brings you the latest updates from the state legislature regarding legalisation of online poker in California. We will keep you informed of all the ongoing developments taking place at state level, as they pertain to online poker in California. Our goal is to follow the online poker bills that are being introduced, and to provide you with news updates as they happen. The current status of online poker sites in California is such that they are in a grey area.
Online Poker Legal Status in California 2016
Presently, the status of online poker in California is that it remains unregulated and it has yet to be legalized. However, as in many other states across the US, poker in California is still in a grey area. The fact of the matter is that there are no state laws in California prohibiting players from engaging in online poker play. In a similar fashion, the California legislature does not seek to prosecute online poker players. This year, lawmakers introduced two online poker bills, SB 1366 and AB 2291, but later dropped the legislation in order to hash out differences between the state's competing gaming interests. On December 1, Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced AB 9, otherwise known as the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. The bill is similar to legislation floated by a coalition of tribes last year which ultimately failed. AB 9 would allow cardrooms and tribal casinos to apply for a license to operate an online poker site while excluding horse racing tracks. The bill also contains bad actor language which would seemingly prohibit companies like Amaya/PokerStars from opening up shop.