Legalised Online Gaming Delayed in California

online gamblingLegalised Online Gaming Delayed in California

California will not be legalising intrastate online poker this year.

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, told stakeholders in a letter that even though he supported the legalisation of online gaming, there were too many issues to straighten out before the end of this year’s legislative session. So, while it seems to have been defeated for now, it is not dead.

There are still two bills regarding internet gaming that were being considered in California. One bill would legalise all online gambling, with the other bill being for poker only. The tribes involved with gaming stand on both sides, some supporting one bill, some supporting the other.

The problem some of the tribes have with the poker-only bill is that there is a very high cost being proposed for the licensing fee – $50 million. The smaller tribes fear they will be completely left out, with only the larger, wealthier tribes able to afford the fee.

August 25, 2011 by : posted in Gambling and Legality, Recent News No Comments